Champions League T20 to have 13 teams!

MUMBAI: The Champions League T20 will have 13 teams this time around with six of them fighting it out in the qualifiers.

The tournament will be held in two parts. The main event, scheduled from September 23 to October 9 in Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, will be preceded by the qualifying stage Sep 19-21 in Hyderabad.

Like in the last edition, the main event will have 10 teams vying for top honours and three of those of sides will come from the qualifiers.

The new format has brought another Indian entry into the tournament with Kolkata Knight Riders being invited to play in the qualifiers. They finished fourth in this year’s Indian Premier League and will be competing with the West Indies T20 Champions Trinidad and Tobago and the winners of the HRV Cup, New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition – Auckland Aces – alongside two teams from England and one from Sri Lanka which are yet to be decided.

The three qualifiers will meet the seven teams who have already qualified for the world’s biggest T20 competition for domestic teams. The teams who have already qualified comprise the top three from the Indian Premier League – Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians; the top two from the Big Bash in Australia – South Australia Redbacks and New South Wales; and South Africa’s Warriors and Cape Cobras.

The sides in the main round will be divided into two groups of five, with the top two from each qualifying for the semifinals.

The opening game of the main round will be played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the semifinals and final at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.(IANS)

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