Thursday, November 27, 2008

Champions League Cricket Tournament Postponed

The upcoming and much awaited champions league cricket tournament has been postponed with no further dates being announced.
A meeting according to the organizers will take place in december and the tournament may take place next year.

Mumbai is still fighting the terrorists who are sill staying at various rooms of hotel taj and oberio. According to cnn-ibn war in mumbai is still on with gun shots being heard from taj and other hotels. NSG is ready for final assault in Nariman House where Nigerian Tourists are still hostage. This is almost the 20th hour since the event first started last night.

Now coming back to champions league :

Lalit Modi, chairman of the Champions League board said
"We couldn't get a third venue to replace Mumbai at such short notice."
Earlier in the morning middlesex team has already cancelled its flight to mumbai and australian teams were also waiting for further orders from their boards and security agencies of their respective countries. English team has already cancelled its tour in the morning and most of the players who were coming for the upcoming tournament have already stopped midway waiting for further notice.

Most of the players were due to stay in hotel Taj for the Mumbai matches. This incident is a big blow to India both socially and financially as cricket, tourists and image of India as a safe and secure nation has dealt a big blog.

The famous quotes like India has arrived on the world stage - is it relevant now? as we are a weak nation who cannot take care of its citizens , terrorists can attack any place of India when they wish.

I am really frustrated now, we need to revamp everything now from police to intelligence agencies and we should keep ourselves alert now as we can't depend on the police always.

Read More - BBC CL T20 Postponed.
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Saurav Ganguly to become Commentator now

Saurav Ganguly is not the type of person who would sit at their homes after retirement, few days back i wrote about his new role as member of technical committee of BCCI and now I have come to know that he is gearing up for new role.

The role is doing commentory for the upcoming champions tropy (I wish it happens on time) . I know we all dada fans will love to hear him now as a commentator. Getting dada in the commentory is sure to boost the TRP ratings of the espn-star sports channel who have already shelled out a billions dollars for ten year contract.

Source : Cricket360

England Tour Cancelled

In the wake of Mumbai attacks the current tour of england cricket team is cancelled
Chances of Champions League Cricket Tournament getting cancelled have increased.

Further details are awaited.

Mumbai Attacks : England Tour and Champions League Under Threat

Used to attack the Indians specially mumbaikars witnessed one of the deadliest attack in the monthly occurring event in India. Yes the attacks are almost monthly or bimonthly in India last being in Assam before that Delhi, Ahmadabad and Bangalore , please see we don't count small attacks in which 1-2 people are killed as they are regular events in India where slowly and gradually the patience of common public is nearing its end. I think the day is not far when we see movie's 'A Wednesday' kind of scenario in real life.

Is the life of common man or our guest that is the tourists in this case so cheap that any body can kill them. In Yesterday's attack hotels in which tourists are staying are attack.

The motive which I see in this case is to make India a unsafe place for visits as Pakistan is right now. Frequent terrorists attacks have made India unsafe for its own citizens leave the foreigners aside.

England current tour and the upcoming champions league cricket tournament is on risk of getting postponed or canceled. I laughed when there were news in media that India is considering canceling the upcoming tour of Pakistan due to security reasons . There is an old saying in Hindi "people whose own houses are made of glass they shouldn't throw stones at other houses ".

Politicians who according to me are part of problem drive in vip security having allotted many guards , black cat commandos assigned to them for their security, and the aam junta is left to loiter around die here and there in bomb attacks.

Middlesex cricket team has cancelled its flight to mumbai and England cricket team will surely not fly to mumbai for the test match. England was to stay in Hotel Taj for the mumbai test match. Cricket Australia decided to suspend all travel to India while it takes security advice.
England is now in urgent talk with BCCI regarding the tour.

An official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India said:
"This has been a terrible day for India but at the moment it's far too early to talk about cancelling England's tour or the Champions League."

Tour may be cancelled or may be not, it all depends whether security is given more weightage or the rewards of earning money in Indian in champions league few days will clear this picture.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

HT Summit - Rahul Dravid & Michael Vaughan : Control Agents

So here comes the 250th post on this blog.

I was following the summit to some extent and but to my bad luck missed listening to two great stalwarts of test cricket Rahul Dravid and Michale Vaughan. It was different look all suited up with many sportsman in the audience also including gold medalist Rahul Bindra.

They both expressed their concern in the growing commercialization of twenty20 and danger of test cricket loosing its identity. Vaughan was the first to start and he said that there is a need to modify the rules of the test cricket so that its supremacy can be preserved.
"Youngsters these days are more committed to Twenty20, I feel," Vaughan said.

Dravid was not concerned about the present generation regarding the twenty20 cricket as he said we all have grown up watching test matches so deep in our hearts we know this is real cricket but the worry is about the coming generations say 4-5 years down the line.

Dravid said that
There'll be many choices and it'll be interesting to see youngsters' choices and decisions then. That is why the decisions we take now will tell the fate of Test cricket in years to come,"
Dravid also raised the point of growing role of agents or scouts in cricket. He said that though most companies help a player concentrate on his game, but influence of some unscrupulous ones needs to be checked.
He said we need to do something on the patterns of English premier league so that youngsters are not brought into the commercial cricket at very young age and that may divert their area of focus.

In the end dravid praised Bindra for being so level headed in victory which every one should learn.

Dravid quotes-

While everybody was going berserk, when the interviewer asked you why aren't you more excited by your achievement, you merely said, 'what's to get excited about. I was excited when I shot the gold.' That was so right, you made us all proud."

I enjoyed listening to great people from Sanjay dutt to Dravid.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cartier to Design C L T20 Trophy

Big news for champions league cricket is that renowned french jewelery brand Cartier will be designing the trophy for the upcoming CL T20 tournament.

The exquisitely hand-sculpted trophy will be unveiled in December prior to the beginning of the tournament.

Trophy details :
  • Height - 41 cms
  • Diameter - 31 cms
  • Weight - 7Kg

Chairman of the Champions League Twenty20 Lalit Modi said:
“Cartier has created some truly exquisite and stunning works of art, be it in jewellery design, watches and accessories, that have adorned Hollywood beauties and Royalty alike.
Bernard Fornas, President & CEO Cartier International said:

“C for Cartier, C for Cricket are two simple seven-letter words that encapsulate passion and a union between elegance and style.
Lets see how the trophy will look when it is unveiled. And I have no doubt that in years to come the trophy will become as coveted as the world cup and as yearning as the UEFA Champions League trophy for the footballers around the world is.

Read About Cartier.

New Role for Saurav Ganguly

Ganguly has been given a new role. He is set to join the technical committee of BCCI. Technical committee is a powerful body which takes decision on cricketing matters and rule changes.

The BCCI's technical committee is headed by former captain Sunil Gavaskar and also has former Test batsman Chetan Chauhan, national selector Kris Srikkanth among other members.

I am happy about thie achievement but i will happy on the day when he becomes the president of BCCI and i think that is possible. May be I am dreaming but I want him to be there.

Further details can be read at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Latest Test and ODI's Rankings

ICC Test Rankings
Rank Teams Matches Points Rating
1 Australia 31 3992 129
2 India 40 4659 116
3 South Africa 34 3953 116
4 Sri Lanka 28 3032 108
5 England 38 3965 104
6 Pakistan 19 1895 100
7 New Zealand 24 1967 82
8 West Indies 22 1791 81
9 Bangladesh 17 20 1

ICC ODI Rankings
Teams Matches Points Rating
1 Australia 28 3658 131
2 South Africa 29 3451 119
3 India 38 4381 115
4 Pakistan 28 3182 114
5 New Zealand 24 2714 113
6 England 29 3269 113
7 Sri Lanka 27 2838 105
8 West Indies 24 2178 91
9Bangladesh 32 1494 47
10Ireland 10 190 19
11Zimbabwe 17 259 15
12 Kenya 7 75 11

High Definition CL T20 by Espn Star Sports

As we know ESPN-Star has paid a whooping 1 billions USD for 10 year contract for broadcasting champions league t20 cricket. It is spending a lot on promotion of the event also.

Another first for Indian sporting event is for the first time the telecast of the event will be in High Definition (HD). According to IndiaTelevision news ESS will be using 34 cameras to cover the event which are maximum ever used to cover any cricket match.

There will be new range of graphics for stats for enhancing the viewing experiences and above all mozart of east A R Rahman is composing different types of anthems for events.

Here are the few promos. I tried a lot to find them on you tube but was unable to

Champions League T20 Revolution
Champions League T20 Logomation
Champions League T20

Lot more are on air now a days.

Monday, November 17, 2008

ICL Power Rankings

On the pattern of power rankings for twenty20 clubs, rankings for ICL clubs is out. I have taken the rankings from here.

1.Chennai Superstars
2.Lahore Badshahs
3.Dhaka Warriors
4.Hyderabad Heroes
5.Royal Bengal Tigers
6.Chandigarh Lions
7.Delhi Giants
8.Ahmedabad Rockets
9.Mumbai Champs

Power Rankings for international clubs can be see at here in my previous post.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Champions League Cricket Teams - Squads & Sponsors

Rambal Warriors :
Marcus North (Captain), Adam Voges (Vice Captain), David Bandy, Arron Crawford, Liam Davis, Brett Dorey, Theo Doropoulos, Ben Edmondson, Aaron Heal, Matt Johnston, Trent Kelly, Steve Magoffin, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pomersbach, Luke Ronchi.

Sponsor - Retravision , VB

Pierre Joubert(Captain),Farhaan Behardien ,Ethy Mbhalati ,Gulam Bodi ,Brendon Reddy ,Jaco Booysen ,Blake Snijman ,Francois du Plessis ,Imran Tahir ,Roelof van der Merwe ,Heino Kuhn ,Martin van Jaarsveld ,Pieter Malan ,Basheer Walters ,Matthew Arnold ,Rushdie Jappie ,AB de Villiers ,Morné Morkel(playing for Chennai) ,Paul Harris ,Dale Steyn ,Albie Morkel .

Sponsor- Nashua, jacaranda(FM),

Victoria Bushrangers:
Cameron White (Captain), Aiden Blizzard, Adam Crosthwaite, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Clinton McKay, Dirk Nannes, Darren Pattinson, Robert Quiney, Peter Siddle and Matthew Wade.

Sponsor- VB, Commonwealth Bank , Jonnie Walker.

Graema Smith, Md Kaif, Younis Khan, Niraj Patel, Justin Langer,Anoop Revandkar, Aditya Angle, Kamran Akmal, Yusuf Pathan , Mahesh Rawat, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Trivedi, Swapnis Asnodkar, Sumit Khatri, Dinesh Salunke, Shane Warne, Munaf Patel, Morne Morkel.

Sponsor- Tata AIG, Reebok, Boost, Kingfisher.

Matthew Hayden , Stephen Fleming , Suresh Raina , Michael Hussey, Anirudha Srikkanth, Subramaniam Badrinath, Arun Karthik, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain) , Parthiv Patel, Jacob Oram, Albie Morkel, Shadab Jakati, Abhinav Mukund, Viraj Kadbe, Napoleon Einstein, Selvam Suresh Kumar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Joginder Sharma, Makhaya Ntini, Ravichandran Ashwin, Manpreet Gony, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Palani Amarnath.

Sponsors- Aircel, Peter England, Jet Airways, Big FM, Royal Challenge, Radio One, Coromandel King.

Ahmed Amla (Captain), Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Jon Kent, Grant Rowley, Martin Bekker, Pierre de Bruyn, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Morne van Vuuren, Quinton Friend, Alfonso Thomas, Saidi Mlongo, Yusuf Abdullah and David Miller.

Sponsor- Standard Bank, Nashua, Kwazulu Natal Sports & Recreation.

Ed Smith,Nick Compton,Neil Dexter,Andrew Strauss,Eoin Morgan,Shaun Udal (Captain),Steve Finn,David Nash,Chris Peploe,Shaun Levy, Chris Silverwood ,Robbie Williams,Kabir Toor,Alan Richardson ,Ben Scott,Danny Evans,Murali Kartik,Billy Godleman,Neil Carter,Dawid Malan,Dirk Nannes,Dan Housego,Tim Murtagh,Tyron Henderson ,Gareth Berg,Owais Shah

Sponsors- Northern Rock,

Abdur Rehman,Adeel Malik ,Ali Khan ,Bilal Hussain ,Faisal Naved ,Kamran Younis ,Kashif Raza,Mansoor Amjad,Mohammad Ali ,Mohammad Ayub ,Naeemuddin ,Qaiser Abbas ,Sarfraz Ahmed ,Shakeel Ansar ,Shoaib Malik

Sponsor- RBS.

Twenty20 Champions League Cricket Promo

Promos are on air for the coming champions league . This is the main promo which is running on every channel.

Promo is quite innovative one with every player aka champion is being portrayed like an LOTR style warrior urging the consumers to imagine the scenario of cricket when the bowler, batsman , wicketkeeper and fielder all will be champion.

The promo is trying to place champions league cricket differently from the other normal cricket , being played by the champions who are shown having more powers compared to normal cricketers.

Champions takaraye toh game hi badal jaye -- i hope this happens

Hats off to the promo.

Watch it:

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Twenty Twenty Cricket Power Rankings

Here are the power rankings of the top twenty clubs in the twenty twenty cricket. All rankings can be seen here .

The ratings are based on a number of important factors including runs scored, totals chased, the loss of wickets and margins of victory. A teams rating is then worked out by dividing the points scored in each game by the number of matches played, the totals are then given to the nearest whole number.

1 Victorian Bushrangers AUS
2 Rajasthan Royals IND
3 Sialkot Stallions PAK
4 Kings XI Punjab IND
5 Chennai Super Kings IND
6 Lahore Lions PAK
7 Chennai Superstars IND
8 Karachi Dolphins PAK
9 Kent Spitfires ENG
10 Middlesex Crusaders ENG
11 Lancashire Lightning ENG
12 Faisalabad Wolves PAK
13 Rawalpindi Rams PAK
14 Lahore Eagles PAK
15 Northamptonshire Steelbacks ENG
16 Lahore Badshahs IND
17 Somerset Sabres ENG
18 Mumbai Indians IND
19 Dhaka Warriors IND
20 Delhi DareDevils IND
21 Hyderabad Heroes IND

Top 21 clubs contains 9 indian teams from icl and ipl, 6 teams from pakistan , 1 from australia, 5 english counties.

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Victoria Bushrangers - Australia

Another great australian club probable title contendor for the champions league cricket tournament. The club is based in Melbourne and represent the state of victoria. Team is the winner of the KFC twenty twenty tournament in Australia.

Team Facts
One-day Name: Victorian Bushrangers
Coach: Greg Shipperd
Captain: Cameron White
Founded: 1851
Home Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Pura Cup Wins: 26
Ford Ranger Cup Wins: 4
Twenty20 Cup Wins: 3
Cameron White (Captain), Aiden Blizzard, Adam Crosthwaite, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Clinton McKay, Dirk Nannes, Darren Pattinson, Robert Quiney, Peter Siddle and Matthew Wade.
Prominent players are brad hodge and david hussey who have experience of playing in indian ipl.
Victoria Bushrangers is the top team in the twenty twenty power rankings which i will cover in the next post.
Probable semi finalist according to me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Middlesex County Cricket Club - England

The oldest club to participate in the champions league cricket. It is one of the 18 other county teams. It won the domestic champions in 2007 and qualified for both the champions league cricket and standford super series.

Team Facts

One-day Name: Middlesex Crusaders
Coach: Toby Radford
Captain: Shaun Udal
Overseas Player(s): Murali Kartik
Founded: 1864
Home Ground: Lord's
Capacity: 30,000
Kit : Pink Color (support for cancer)

Famous Star players are

  • Shaun Udal

  • Andrew Strauss

  • Owais Shah

  • Murali Kartik
The team was out of form in recently happened Standford super series loosing all its three matches.

  1. Lost to England by 12 runs

  2. Lost by 5 wickets to Trinidad and Tobago

  3. Lost by 58 runs to Standford Superstars

Only time will tell how the team will perform. ....
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nashua Dolphins - South Africa

Nashua Dolphins is the second South African team which will take part in the coming champions league cricket tournament, other being the Titans.

The team has got a big boost for the upcoming tournament as swashbuckling Sanath jayasurya is set to play for the dolphins.

Team facts:

One-day Name: Dolphins
Coach: Y Ebrahim
Captain: Ahmed Amla
Founded: 2003
Home Ground: Kingsmead, Durban
Capacity: 25,000
Dolphins Website: dolphins

Team captain Ahmed Amla is the brother of SA cricketer Hashim Amla and team's vice captain is Imraan Khan who is in full form nowadays as is the player of the month.

There are not many known stars in the team of dolphins as compared to other teams. They might not be the favorites but they definitely are the dark horses.

More about the team in coming weeks.....

Fab 5 of Indian Cricket

I started watching cricket during the 92 world cup and right now i have very hazy memories of those years. Those were the days of Jim Courier, Agassi and Sampras was also rising fast. I grew with watching Sidhu hitting sixes and watching Venkatpati raju and kumble bowling in tandem. Just like any other Indian sachin became my favorite and when the 96 world cup came in our subcontinent I was 12 years old and I keenly followed the cup which gave many famous moments ranging from jadeja firing on all cylinders and kambli and raju crying in the semi finals at eden gardens. Those were the days of agression of Venkatesh Prasad and Abhey Kuruvilla if you guys remember.

India was opening up as in liberalizing it self after the debacle in the 91 and confidence was coming in the Indians also. But on cricket field the aggression was not much aggression was only
visible when a team player was scolded by another member for misfield.

Then one day at lords the mecca of cricket rose two stars Ganguly and Dada. One very aggressive and other composed. They joined my list of fav players gradually which already contained Kumble and Sachin and Sidhu also.

I have grown up watching Sachin, Saurav , Dravid , Kumble and Laxman and they all are my heroes. I relate to these players more compared to Kapil Dev to whom our fathers relate as a fighter who won us the cup in 83.

To be very frank from the fab 5 my favorite is dada for various reasons. Sachin is sachin he is so perfect making mistakes seldomly , he is god gifted but saurav is like common people, life is full of ups and downs.

He is my idol he inspires me that one can achieve what he dreams of, and even when you are hit it you have confidence in you your time will came and he came back after being kicked out . I remember many arguments I had with non dada supporters regarding his form. My moron friends said that dada only hit centuries against weaker nations like bangladesh and kenya , we defended it by saying that many players take these teams casually and give away their wickets so its an art to hit century agianst weaker cricketing nations also :) .

All of these fab five have given a one memorable moment which we all will remember througout our lives :

Laxman the historic 281 in the famour follow on test. The test which gave us the Indians the
confidence that any thing is possible if you dream.

Kumble bowling with plaster on his head a spirit of a fighter man which inspires many Indians like me is saying never say die.

Ganguly two events shirt waving in lords signalling to the world that we have come and we are not even afraid of our collonial rulers and we are ready to give a fitting reply to any one be it
Australia or England. Another was famous century in Adelaide which gave india the confidence that we can win in Australia. We went on to draw the series 1-1.

Dravid the wall has given us famous double century in Australia in Adelaide where he made 233
highest oversees score by an Indian and gave india a famous win. 270 in Pakistan and many more double centuries. The Wall saved India many times and is truly mr dependable.

Sachin the legend from Perth to Sharjah to thrashing of Shoaib Akhtar list is endless and words are less to define such a genius player.

Perhaps with these players the era of long careers in cricket will end also as 18-20 years long careers in cricket will be hard to imagine now.

The Lord of off will be missed by all of us. 2 stalwarts have gone and now 3 are left and its hard to imagine of a day when we 20-30 years fans will watch the game without these icons who changed the way cricket is being loved in India.

But the big questions is will we be able to watch cricket?. Ya life moves on and great people come and go.

How strange is it that without touching us how much they affect our lives and leave a big mark on our hearts.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rambal Warriors aka Western Australia Warriors

Next up is western warriors aka rambal warriors aka retravision warriors, runners up of Australia's KFC Twenty20 tournament. As Australia have few local teams which means that team will be studded with national players.

Team has given many legends to the cricketing world from Dennis Lillee, Justin Langer to Tom Moody.

Team Facts

One-day Name: Western Warriors
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Marcus North
Founded: 1851
Home Ground: WACA Ground
Capacity: 20,000
Pura Cup Wins: 15
Ford Ranger Cup Wins: 11

The team is preparing hard for the upcoming tournament and they have also announced the team for the champions league. Main stars whom we are aware about are Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab), Luke Pomersbach (Kings XI Punjab) and Luke Ronchi (Mumbai Indians) .

The team has many players who have experience in playing in Indian conditions and they are raring to go and represent their team on global stage. They will be missing the services of hussey as he has decided to represent chennai superkings in the upcoming tournament .

The Full Squad :
Marcus North (Captain), Adam Voges (Vice Captain), David Bandy, Arron Crawford, Liam Davis, Brett Dorey, Theo Doropoulos, Ben Edmondson, Aaron Heal, Matt Johnston, Trent Kelly, Steve Magoffin, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pomersbach, Luke Ronchi.

The WACA - where legends are made. This is their slogan and they truly will be out here in india to lift the first cup.

Team to look out for in the tournament according to me.

Sialkot Stallions

Today we move on to our neighboring country Pakistan which is sending lone team Sialkot Stallions in the coming champions league.

Team is the winner of lot of tournaments in Pakistan domestic circuit.
  • National champion in 2005-2006
  • Won Quaid-i-Azam Trophy Championship (Golden League) .
  • Runnerup in 2006-2007.
  • Won ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup in 2005-2006, 2006-2007
  • RBS Twenty-20 Cup in 2007-2008
Team Facts are

One-day Name: Sialkot Stallions
Coach: Shahid Anwar
Captain: Shoaib Malik
Founded: 2002
Home Ground: Jinnah Stadium (Sialkot)
Capacity: 20,000
Kit: Silver and Red

Team lost few players to the ICL , but still has many players of international repute

Players who went to ICL

Imran Nazir
Shahid Yousuf
Tahir Mughal
Khalid Mahmood
Md Asif is also the part of team though he is now facing doping charges. I will try to dig more into the team in coming weeks.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Noshua Titans - South Africa

As promised i now start about the participating teams in the first ever champions league cricket tournament.

Noshua Titans is the winner of Standard Bank Pro20 Series 2007-08 and dolphins were the runners up of the tournament.

From their website
Nashua Titans - the name used by the combined Easterns Cricket Union and Northerns Cricket Union first class cricket teams. The franchise which was formed in 2004 is also known as the Northern Gauteng franchise. The home venues of the Nashua Titans are at SuperSport Park, Centurion and Willowmoore Park, Benoni.

  • CEO: Elise Lombard
  • Coach: Richard Pybus
  • Captain: Pierre Joubert
    Home ground – SuperSport Park and Willowmoore Park Capacity – 17 500

Team has few players who are part of South African national cricket team namely

AB Devilliers
Dale Steyn
Albie Morkel
Paul Harris
Morne Morkel

The stadium has hosted many matches famous one for the indians is the india-pakistan match in the 2003 world cup.

Magic Moments can be seen at their website.

next up is dolphins.....

Friday, November 7, 2008

Champions League Cricket - Matches Schedule

8 teams are divided into 2 groups of 4 teams each.

Group A

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Titans
  • Victorian Bushrangers
  • Middlesex Crusaders

Group B

  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Dolphins
  • Western Warriors
  • Sialkot Stallions
3 December 2008 Middlesex Crusaders Victoria Bushrangers Mumbai
3 December 2008 Rajasthan Royals Natal Dolphins Mumbai

4 December 2008 Sialkot Stallions Western Warriors Bangalore
4 December 2008 Chennai Super Kings Victoria Mumbai

5 December 2008 Middlesex Pretoria Titans Chennai
5 December 2008 Sialkot Rajasthan Mumbai

6 December 2008 Western Australia Natal Bangalore
6 December 2008 Victoria Pretoria Chennai
6 December 2008 Chennai Middlesex Chennai

7 December 2008 Natal Sialkot Bangalore
7 December 2008 Rajasthan Western Australia Bangalore
7 December 2008 Chennai Pretoria Chennai

8 December 2008 Group B winners Group A runners-up Bangalore
9 December 2008 Group A winners Group B runners-up Chennai

10 December 2008 Final, Mumbai

next up teams , sponsors etc

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Champions League Twenty20 Cricket

I am back after 3-4 months lay off and will start writing on the champions league twenty twenty scheduled to start from december 3. Those of you who dont know about the team, there will be 8 teams participating in this year tournament and the number will be increased to 12 from 2009.

Teams as taken from wikipedia are
Team ↓Country ↓Winner/Runner-up in Domestic Tournament ↓Domestic Tournament ↓
Victoria BushrangersFlag of Australia AustraliaWinnerKFC Twenty20 Big Bash
Western WarriorsFlag of Australia AustraliaRunner-upKFC Twenty20 Big Bash
Rajasthan RoyalsFlag of India IndiaWinnerIndian Premier League
Chennai Super KingsFlag of India IndiaRunner-upIndian Premier League
TitansFlag of South Africa South AfricaWinnerStandard Bank Pro 20 Series
DolphinsFlag of South Africa South AfricaRunner-upStandard Bank Pro 20 Series
Middlesex CrusadersFlag of England EnglandWinnerTwenty20 Cup
Sialkot StallionsFlag of Pakistan PakistanWinnerRBS Twenty-20 Cup

These teams are winners of their respective twenty twenty tournaments in their countries. From england their is only one team as kent is not allowed to take part as their team consists of players of indian cricket league.

Lots of posts coming soon....

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