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Champions League T20

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CL T20 Starts which team do you think will win ????

  1. RCB (Royal Challenger Bangalore)

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  2. CSK (Chennai super kings)

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  3. MI(Mumbai Indians)

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  4. Central Stags

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  5. Guyana

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  6. Highveld lions

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  7. Red Backs

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  8. Bush Rangers

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  9. Wayamba Elevens

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  10. Warriors

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  1. RoYaN

    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Johannesburg: Under the watchful eyes of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy Champions League Twenty20 starts on Friday with the shadow of the spot-fixing scandal, that has shaken the core of the game, looming large.

    Featuring the top three Indian Premier League teams and the top two each from Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies, the two-week event will open with IPL runner-up Mumbai Indians taking on Highveld Lions (South Africa).

    Organisers say the tournament will have strict anti-corruption measures in place to ensure that the menace of spot-fixing, which has led to the suspension of three Pakistani cricketers, does not find mention in the event.

    Apart from Mumbai, the other Indian teams in the fray are IPL champion Chennai Super Kings and third-place finisher Royal Challengers Bangalore.

    Australia will be represented by South Australian Redbacks and Victorian Bushrangers, South Africa by Warriors and Highveld Lions.

    Central Stags (New Zealand), Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka) and Guyana (West Indies) are the other three teams in the field.

    None of the IPL teams that competed last year could make an impression and the three teams playing this year would seek to make amends for the previous edition's flop-show.

    Formidable line-up

    Leading the pack would be Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai, which has a formidable line-up of big-hitters such as Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel and Justin Kemp.

    It's bowling line-up features leading Test off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and it will be favourite to advance to the semifinals from Group A, which also features the Warriors, Victoria, Wayamba and Central Stags.

    Bangalore, which was in the field even the last time around, has a stronger batting line-up to boast of with the ever-reliable Rahul Dravid, explosive New Zealander Ross Taylor and the versatile South African Jacques Kallis.

    The bowling has inspirational skipper Anil Kumble leading the spin department with Dale Steyn providing the zing to the pace attack.

    Kallis normally plays for the Warriors, while Taylor pads up for the Central Stags but both the players were bought by the IPL franchise after paying a $200,000 compensation to their respective State teams.

    “The biggest challenge is acclimatising to the conditions and starting well in the tournament,â€￾ said Kumble.

    Firepower

    Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai also has a formidable look with its batting having the firepower of South African big-hitter JP Duminy and West Indian sensation Kieron Pollard.

    The bowling features Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh with Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga providing the support.

    “We have champions from all cricketing nations, so it's as tough as it can get. It is competitive ... and we have world-class players participating,â€￾ said Tendulkar.

    Mumbai is grouped with Bangalore, the Highveld Lions, South Australia and Guyana.

    The team it faces in the tournament-opener, Highveld Lions, can be tagged as the underdog. It will be banking on local support and some fireworks from batsmen such as Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie to match Mumbai's might. — PTI
     
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    central stags

    The Central Stags are New Zealand's representative in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 2010. The Stags - the team from Central Districts - make it to the CLT20 by virtue of beating Auckland Aces in the final of the HRV Cup - New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 competition. That the Stags won the HRV Cup isn't surprising, given that they have several exciting players in their line-up. Among the batsmen, they have Peter Ingram who finished as one of the top two run-getters in the HRV Cup. They will miss the services of Ross Tayor, the other leading run-scorer, who will turn out for RCB in this tournament instead. Another casualty is Jacob Oram - one of the top two wicket-takers in the domestic competition - who is out with injury. But with players like Matthew Sinclair and Michael Mason, the Stags have an impressive unit with players who can swing the course of a match single-handedly. With their title win in the HRV Cup in the season just gone by, the Central Stags have ended a brief drought of titles; they last won a title in domestic cricket in 2005-06 when they picked up the Shell Trophy.

    BOWLERS
    Michael Mason
    Mitchell McClenaghan


    BATSMEN

    Brad Patton
    George Worker
    Jamie How
    Matthew Sinclair
    Peter Ingram

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Adam Milne
    Brandon Diamanti
    Doug Bracewell
    Ben Wheeler
    K. N. Barnett
    Seth Rance

    WICKET KEEPER

    Bevan Griggs
    Tim Weston

    SUPPORT STAFF

    Alan Hunt
    Lance Hamilton
    Colin Tutchen
    James Amon
    Shane Bond
    Scot Briasco
    Hugh Henderson
    John Flukner
     
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    Chennai Super Kings
    The only team to make it to the semi-finals of each of the three seasons of the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings make it to this edition of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 by virtue of winning IPL 2010. Led by the flamboyant and charismatic MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings have some of the fiercest strikers of the cricket ball in their line-up like Matthew Hayden, Albie Morkel, Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay. The bowling department appeared to be Chennai Super Kings' weak-link in the initial stages of the IPL 2010. However, Doug Bollinger, called in as a replacement player, together with the spin trio of Muttiah Muralidaran, Shadab Jakati and Ravichandran Ashwin, kept chipping away at opposition batsmen much to the delight of the team management. Despite their bowling department lacking the big names like some of the other competing teams, Chennai Super Kings will be keen to replicate their performances in the IPL 2010 and add the CLT20 title to their roster of merits.

    BOWLERS

    Ravichandran Ashwin
    Lakshmipathy Balaji
    Douglas Bollinger
    Shadab Jakati
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    BATSMEN

    S. Badrinath
    Matthew Hayden
    Michael Hussey
    Suresh Raina
    Murali Vijay
    Anirudha Srikanth
    ALL ROUNDERS
    Justin Kemp
    Albie Morkel
    Joginder Sharma

    WICKET KEEPER

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    SUPPORT STAFF


    Stephen Fleming
    Venkatesh Prasad
    R. Radhakrishnan
    Stephen Rixon
    Tayfun Simsek
    Gregory King
    Lakshmi Narayanan
    Gopal Ramanathan
     
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    Guyana

    Guyana come to South Africa this September hoping to go one better than their Caribbean counterparts, Trinidad and Tobago, runners-up of the inaugural edition of CLT20 in India. Guyana, officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and previously known as British Guiana, is a state on the northern coast of South America that is culturally part of the Anglophone Caribbean. It has produced cricketing greats like Clive Lloyd, Basil Butcher, Colin Croft, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, Roger Harper, Carl Hooper and Alvin Kallicharran. Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan is the only big name in the current side but the presence of some talented youngsters like Devendra Bishoo and Jonathan Foo gives Guyana an opportunity to surprise their rivals with the unexpected. Guyana's passage to CLT20 wasn't the easiest of affairs. Playing in the semi-final of the Caribbean T20 2010, they beat Trinidad and Tobago, the defending champions, in a closely contested match and then snatched victory after very nearly courting defeat against Barbados in the final.


    BOWLERS

    Devindra Bishoo
    Esaun Crandon

    BATSMEN

    R. Sarwan
    Steven Jacobs
    S. Chattergoon
    Travis Dowlin
    Assad Fudadin
    Richard Ramdeen

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Royston Crandon
    Narsingh Deonarine
    Jonathan Foo
    Christopher Barnwell
    Lennox Cush
    Paul Wintz

    WICKET KEEPER

    Derwin Christian
    SUPPORT STAFF
    Claude Raphael
    Annand Sanasie
    Chetram Singh
    Ravindra Seeram
    Robin Singh
    Orin Bailey
    Beverly Nelson
    Carl Moore
     
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    Mumbai Indians

    Led by Sachin Tendulkar, the Mumbai Indians make it to the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 2010 by virtue of finishing runners-up in the Indian Premier League 2010. The most consistent team in the IPL 2010 in the league stages, the Mumbai Indians have a great mix of experience and youth. While Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan bring in all their years of experience of playing at the international level, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rajagopal Sathish, Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary bring in the much-needed zeal and hunger for achievement on the big stage. On the bowling front, Lasith Malinga's toe-crushing yorkers are simply too hot for most batsmen to handle and he will be a major cog in the Mumbai Indians' plans, while Harbhajan and Zaheer will be hoping to draw on their experience of playing in South Africa to the advantage of their team.

    BOWLERS

    Zaheer Khan
    Dhawal Kulkarni
    Lasith Malinga
    Harbhajan Singh
    Ali Murtuza

    BATSMEN

    SR Tendulkar
    Shikhar Dhawan
    Jean Paul Duminy
    Saurabh Tiwary
    Ambati Rayudu

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Dwayne Bravo
    Ryan McLaren
    Kieron Pollard
    Rajagopal Sathish

    WICKET KEEPER

    Aditya Tare

    SUPPORT STAFF

    Robin Singh
    Paras Mhambrey
    Jonty Rhodes
    Nitin Patel
    Ramji Srinivasan
    CKM Dhananjai
    TA Sekar
    Rahul Sanghvi
     
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    South Australian Redbacks

    The South Australian Redbacks make it to the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 by virtue of making it to the final of Australia's KFC Big Bash T20 for the first time. A team which is undergoing a metamorphosis of kinds, the South Australian Redbacks were the most consistent side in the KFC Big Bash last season, registering four wins in five matches, before ending up second best in the title clash against the Victorian Bushrangers. The Redbacks might not have too many superstars in their midst, but they certainly have someone who can lay claim to being the fastest bowler in the world today. Shaun Tait has set cricket fields ablaze registering spectacular bowling speeds. One could expect to see new records being set during the Champions League Twenty20 too. Tait apart, the Redbacks also have consistent performers like skipper Graham Manou and the returning Callum Ferguson. The Redbacks cruised into the final on the back of splendid performances from their overseas signing - Kieron Pollard - among others. CLT20 2010 presents another great opportunity for the home-grown players to rise to the occasion


    BOWLERS

    Cullen Bailey
    Peter George
    Jake Haberfield
    Gary Putland
    Shaun Tait

    BATSMEN

    Cameron Borgas
    Callum Ferguson
    Daniel Harris
    Michael Klinger

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Daniel Christian
    Tom Cooper
    Chris Duval
    Aaron O'Brien

    WICKET KEEPER

    Tim Ludeman
    Graham Manou
    SUPPORT STAFF
    Mark Sorell
    Jeff Vaughan
    Darren Berry
    Jamie Cox
    Simon Cain
    Jarrod Egan
    John Porter
    Matt Cenin
     
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    Victorian Bushrangers

    Having won four KFC Big Bash Twenty20 finals in five seasons, the Victorian Bushrangers will no doubt be one of the most feared teams in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20. The Melbourne-based team boasts some prolific players in their line-up - Brad Hodge and David Hussey are among the top two run-getters in T20 cricket, while Cameron White is among the few batsmen around the world to have scored two or more hundreds in the 20-over format. It will be the second appearance in two editions of the Airtel Champions League for this Australian state side. While they qualified for the inaugural season of the competition by virtue of being runners-up in the KFC Big Bash in 2008/09, the Bushrangers went one better and qualified for this season's competition by clinching the KFC Big Bash title. The Bushrangers were knocked out in the semi-final of the inaugural CLT20, losing out to eventual title winners and compatriots New South Wales Blues. They will be hoping to go the full distance this season.

    BOWLERS

    Shane Harwood
    Bryce McGain
    Clinton McKay
    Dirk Nannes
    James Pattinson
    Peter Siddle

    BATSMEN

    Aaron Finch
    Brad Hodge
    David Hussey
    Rob Quiney

    ALL ROUNDERS

    John Hastings
    Andrew McDonald
    Glenn Maxwell

    WICKET KEEPER

    Ryan Carters
    Matthew Wade

    SUPPORT STAFF

    Shaun Graf
    Greg Shipperd
    Simon Helmot
    T. Chandramohan
    David Bailey
    Damien Wright
    Donald Shugg
    Craig White
     
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    Warriors

    With a squad that consisted of Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, Johan Botha and Nicky Boje, it wasn't really a surprise that the Warriors strung together a consistent performance in the Standard Bank Pro20 tournament. They only lost one out of their eight matches in the competition and went on to clinch the title. It's by virtue of winning the Standard Bank Pro20 that the Warriors enter the 2010 edition of Airtel Champions League Twenty20. With their international players not always available, it was left to the likes of Colin Ingram and Davey Jacobs to shoulder the run-scoring responsibility, and they did that in style; Ingram aggregated 283 runs while Jacobs scored 162 runs in eight matches. On the bowling front, the Warriors have a very mean attack - Ntini, Botha and Boje have all successfully proven their skills at the international level. They also have Juan Theron, a bowler who relishes bowling at the death and is capable of guiding his team to nail-biting victories. The Warriors have all the ingredients - players with skill, class, experience, temperament and ability to perform on the big stage. This September, the home boys will be looking to make a big impact.


    BOWLERS

    Nicky Boje
    Juan Theron
    Makhaya Ntini
    Lonwabo Tsotsobe
    Garnett Kruger
    Lyall Meyer

    BATSMEN

    Ashwell Prince
    Colin Ingram
    Craig Thyssen
    Arno Jacobs
    Jon-Jon Smuts

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Johan Botha
    Justin Kreusch

    WICKET KEEPER

    David Jacobs


    SUPPORT STAFF

    Russell Domingo
    Russel Aspeling
    Drikus Saaiman
    Peterus Botha
    Sophie Olivier
    Leigh Deyzel
    Adrian Birrell
    David Emslie
     
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    Wayamba Elevens

    Winners of Sri Lanka's Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament for the second year running, Wayamba will be making their second appearance in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 this September in South Africa. Wayamba, which represents the North Western Province in Sri Lanka, will be hoping to put up a better show in the competition this time around - they were eliminated at the end of the first round in the inaugural season. With exciting cricketers like former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Jeevantha Kulatunga (an exciting all-rounder who has turned in consistent performances for his side over several seasons), the hard-hitting Thissara Perera, Jehan Mubarak and mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis in their squad, it's very likely that the team from the island nation make it to the knockout stages this season. Wayamba are currently on a 13-match unbeaten run in the Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament - spread over two seasons. If they can string in similar performances in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20, they are sure to give other teams a headache or two.

    BOWLERS

    Thisara Perera
    Chanaka Welagedara
    Rangana Herath
    Ajantha Mendis
    K. Lokuarachchi
    Isuru Udana

    BATSMEN

    Jehan Mubarak
    Mahela Udawatte
    Jeewantha Kulatunga
    Mahela Jayawardene
    D. Hunukumbura
    ALL ROUNDERS
    Farveez Maharoof
    S. Karunanayake

    WICKET KEEPER

    Sameera de Zoysa
    Kusal Janith Perera

    SUPPORT STAFF

    Lanka Silva
    Roger Wijesuriya
    Lasantha Prasad
    DGN Premaratne
    RAK Janaka
    Thosvin Prabhatha
    Vinothan John
    Ravin Wickramaratne
     
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    :smitten: Royal Challengers Bangalore:smitten:

    The Vijay Mallya-owned Royal Challengers Bangalore make their second Airtel Champions League Twenty20 appearance by virtue of finishing third in the third season of the Indian Premier League. The Anil Kumble-led outfit figured in the inaugural CLT20 too thanks to their runners-up position in IPL 2009. From being chided as a 'Test team' in coloured clothing in the inaugural season of the IPL, it has been some transformation for the Bangalore-based franchise who have made it to two consecutive CLT20 competitions. Former South African coach Ray Jennings coaches a side with a strong South African flavour - a fact that will no doubt assist RCB in CLT20's African sojourn. With the rock solid Anil Kumble as captain and several other proven Twenty20 performers in their squad, the Royal Challengers Bangalore surely start as one of the favourites to clinch the title this season.

    BOWLERS

    :big_boss:Anil Kumble:smitten:
    Praveen Kumar:yahoo:
    Vinay Kumar:yahoo:
    Abhimanyu Mithun:yahoo:
    Nayan Doshi
    Dale Steyn:smitten:

    BATSMEN

    :smitten:Rahul Dravid:smitten:
    Manish Pandey:rolleyes:
    Virat Kohli
    Ross Taylor:smitten:

    ALL ROUNDERS

    Dillon du Preez
    Balachandra Akhil
    Jacques Kallis:smitten:
    Cameron White

    WICKET KEEPER

    Robin Uthappa:crazy_pilot:

    SUPPORT STAFF

    Raymond Jennings
    Sanath Kandoor
    Evan Speechley
    Ramesh Mane
    Prasanna Agoram
    Brijesh Patel
    Basu Shanker
    Avinash Vaidhya
     
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    Kevin Pietersen will also be available to them. I think RCB have the best chances at least amongst the Indian teams in the tournament.
     
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    I support Victorian Bushrangers
     
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    May I know why??
     
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    match conditions . and they are very good side too.
     
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    In South African conditions RCB have a huge advantage
     
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