Mumbai: The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) Governing Council has announced the format of 2011 Champions League T20 which will start in India from September 23, 2011 and will end on October 09, 2011.
The 10-team CLT20 will follow the same format as 2010 and will be held in Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata from 23 September to 9 October. Before the tournament kicks off however, a six-team event will be played in Hyderabad from 19-21 September to decide the final three teams that qualify for the main event.
Once again the governing body of CLT20 made it controversial as there is no Pakistani club. With six sides in the qualifier and another seven already confirmed as participants in the tournament. The two stages are explained below:
Stage 1: Qualifier
Date: September 19, 2011 – September 21, 2011
A six-team qualifier will be held in Hyderabad from 19-21 September. Kolkata Knight Riders (fourth, IPL), Trinidad and Tobago (Champion, West Indies) and Auckland Aces (Champion, New Zealand) have already been invited to participate, with the teams from Sri Lanka (one) and England (two) yet to be confirmed. The top three teams at the conclusion of the qualifier will advance to the main tournament. The format for the qualifier will be announced soon.
Stage 2: 2011 Champions League Twenty20
Date: September 23, 2011 – October 09, 2011
Venues: Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata
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. The 10 teams will be divided into two groups of five, and the top two sides from both groups will play the semi-finals.
Seven teams have already been invited to participate – South Australian Redbacks and NSW Blues from Australia, Warriors and Cape Cobras from South Africa, as well as the top three sides from the 2011 IPL, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Bengaluru will host the inaugural game on 23 September and along with Chennai will host a semi-final. The 2011 CLT20 Final will be played in Chennai on 9 October.
Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), Auckland Aces (New Zealand), Sri Lanka (Team tbc), England 1 (Team tbc), England 2 (Team tbc).
2011 Champions League Twenty20:
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 x Qualifier (Teams tbc).