In spite of failing to finish in the top three of the Indian Premier League 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders can still qualify for the Champions League 2011 as qualifier event between six teams will be played in Hyderabad from 19-21 September to decide the final three teams that qualify for the main event. The format of main event of CL T20 will be the same as 2010.
With six sides in the qualifier and another seven teams in the main event, a record 13 teams will have an opportunity to claim the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket. The first schedule match of Champions League Twenty20 2011 between Chevrolet Warriors vs Royal Challengers Bangalore begins Sep 23, 2011 onwards.
The Champions League T20 2011 will be third edition of the Champions League Twenty20 to be played in India from September 23 to October 9, 2011. Champions League Twenty20 is an international T20 cricket tournament jointly administrated by cricket boards of BCCI, CA and CSA. The chairman of the CLT20 is Shashank Manohar who is also Chairman of IPL. Domestic Twenty20 teams of India, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies are confirmed to participation in Airtel Champions League Twenty20.
Before CLT20 tournament is played, there would be qualifying round between 6 teams, of which 3 will enter in tournament with other 7 teams which are already confirmed.
Dates: 19 September – 21 September
The qualifier will offer the Kolkata Knight Riders, who finished fourth in this year’s Indian Premier League, along with teams from England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies, the chance to join seven others in the main competition. The top three teams at the conclusion of the qualifier will advance to the main tournament. The teams which will compete in Qualifier Stage are:
- Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL)
- Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies)
- Auckland Aces (New Zealand)
- Sri Lanka (TBC)
- England 1 (TBC)
- England 2 (TBC)
Venues: Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata
Dates: 23 September – 9 October
The top three teams from the qualifier will join three IPL teams, two T20 teams from Australia and two from South Africa in the main event. As in 2010, the 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five, and the top two sides from both groups will play the semi-finals. The teams which will compete in main event are:
- South Australian Redbacks (Australia)
- NSW Blues (Australia)
- Warriors (South Africa)
- Cape Cobras (South Africa)
- Chennai Super Kings (India)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (India)
- Mumbai Indians (India)
- 3 Qualifier Teams
Chennai will then host the final on 9th October. Keep viewing The Sports Mirror for more updates on Champions League Twenty20 2011.