CLT20 to be Sachin Tendulkar's last Twenty20 dash, no Ricky Ponting in Mumbai Indians squad
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will play the last T20 tournament of his career. However, Mumbai Indians' regular skipper in this year's IPL Ricky Ponting will not feature.
He may have retired from the Indian Premier League but Sachin Tendulkar will take part in the Champions League Twenty20 next month, making it his final professional outing in the sports' shortest format. (Sachin Tendulkar resumes training post-hand surgery)
Where the 2011 CLT20 winners Mumbai Indians will be buoyed by Sachin's featuring in the this year's event, their regular skipper in the 2013 IPL - Ricky Ponting - will miss the tournament. Ponting was in poor form in the Caribbean Premier League, scoring just 41 runs from 7 matches.
Meanwhile, a majority of players declared their allegiance to IPL franchises over their respective countries' domestic sides, with Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara, pacer Nuwan Kulasekara, Australian spinner Brad Hogg and South African Quinton de Kock being the notable exceptions.
The USD 6 million event starts on September 21, following the qualifiers which start on September 17.
While Sangakkara will be turning out for Sri Lanka's Kandurata Maroons instead of his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, players such as Mike Hussey (Chennai Super Kings), Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) and Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) will be playing for the Indian clubs. (Also read: After being forced to play for Lankan team Kandurata Maroons, Kumar Sangakkara says he is not anti-national)
IPL-6 winners Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will kick start the 2013 CLT20 with a Group A match in Jaipur on September 21 in a tournament which will witness the world's 12 best domestic teams fighting it out for the coveted prize.
A total of 29 matches will be played.
Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals apart, Group A will comprise Highveld Lions (winner of South Africa's domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (T20 Big Bash League runner-up), and a team from the tournament Qualifier.
Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat (T20 Big Bash League champion), Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies T20 champion), Chennai Super Kings (runner-up in the IPL 2013), Titans (South Africa's domestic T20 runners-up), and a team from the Qualifier.
The CLT20 2013 will follow a format similar to the two previous editions, with a group stage preceded by a qualifier.
The qualifier, to be played from September 17 to 20 will feature four teams: Q1 - Otago Volts (New Zealand's HRV Cup champions), Q2 - Sunrisers Hyderabad (Fourth-ranked team in the IPL 2013), Q3 - Kandurata Maroons, the winner of Sri Lanka's domestic T20 competition, and Q4 - Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan's domestic T20 champion).
The teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the group stage.
The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B in the first semi-final in Jaipur on October 4. The top team from Group B will play the second-ranked team from Group A in the second semifinal in Delhi on October 5. The winners of the semis will play in the final on October 6.
Explaining the process for deciding which teams these 12 players would represent, CLT20 Governing Council member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Dean Kino, said: "Players who were named by more than one team were asked to select which team they were going to play for. Teams were then allowed to replace any player that withdrew from their squad and elected to play for another side."
"CLT20 regulations state that when a player elects to play for their 'away' team, that team must pay the 'home' team USD 150,000 compensation per player. A 'home' team is classified as a team from the country a player is eligible to represent in international cricket.
Here is a look at all the sides:
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Aditya Tare, Glenn Maxwell, Kieron Pollard, Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Akshar Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Abu Nechim Ahmad, Dwayne Smith.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c), Dwayne Bravo, Murali Vijay, Subramaniam Badrinath, Michael Hussey, Chris Morris, Albie Morkel, Faf du Plessis, Jason Holder, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Imtiaz Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin.
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (c), Brad Hodge, Ajinkya Rahane, Kevon Cooper, Shaun Tait, James Faulkner, Praveen Tambe, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Ashok Menaria, Dishant Yagnik, Vikramjeet Malik, Siddharth Trivedi, Rahul Shukla.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Cameron White (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel, JP Duminy, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Biplab Samantray, Karan Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Anand Ranjan.
Brisbane Heat: Joe Burns, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Dominic Michael, Chris Hartley, Nathan Hauritz, James Hopes, Mathew Gale, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Cameron Gannon, Alex Kemp, Kemar Roach, Chris Sabburg.
Faisalabad Wolves: Misbah-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Ali Waqas, Khuram Shahzad, Muhammad Salman, Waqas Masood, Sami Ullah Kham Niazi, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hassan Mahmood, Rana Jahandad Khan, Farrukh Shahzad, Imran Khalid, Ammar Mahmood Khan
Highveld Lions: Temba Bavuma, Gulam Bodi, Quinton De Kock, Neil McKenzie, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ethan O'Reilly, Hardus Viljoen, Rassie VC Dussen, Alviro Petersen, Aaron Phangiso, Dwaine Pretorius, Jean Symes, Imran Tahir, Sohail Tanveer, Thami Tsolekile
Otago Volts: Nicholas Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Mark Craig, Derek de Boorder, Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, James Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner
Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Liam Davis, Brad Hogg, Burt Cockley, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Alfonso Thomas, Tom Triffitt, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.
Titans: Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Heino Kuhn, David Wiese, Eden Links, Ethy Mbhalati, Rowan Richards, Mangaliso Mosehle, CJ de Villiers, Graeme van Buuren, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe.
Trinidad & Tobago: Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Khesan Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo
Kandurata Maroons: Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Upul Tharanga, Thilina Kandamby, Kumar Sangakkara, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Lahiru Jayaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Suraj Randiv.
(with PTI inputs)