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Short-form Champions

Short-form Champions
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First Published: Wed, Sep 08 2010. 10 20 PM IST

Updated: Wed, Sep 08 2010. 10 20 PM IST
Ony three teams from last year have qualified for the $2.5-million Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), starting on Friday in South Africa. There will be 10 clubs this year instead of the 12 in the inaugural season in India; they are the top three teams from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the winners and some runners-up from domestic tournaments in other countries.
Last year’s top two teams, New South Wales Blues and Trinidad and Tobago, have failed to qualify. No English clubs will participate in the fortnight-long event because of a clash in dates with the English domestic season. Here is a look at the teams, and the players to watch out for based on their showing in the domestic leagues.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Country: India
Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Domestic tournament: IPL(winner)
Average age: 29.4 (five 30+ players)
The team has an experienced line-up, with six foreignplayers. Chennai entered the CLT20 after defeating Mumbai Indians in the IPL final.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Suresh Raina, Mathew Hayden, Muttiah Muralitharan, Douglas Bollinger
WARRIORS
Country: South Africa
Captain: David Jacobs
Domestic tournament: Standard Bank Pro20 (winner)
Average age: 29.4 (six 30+ players)
The team has considerable experience but is led by wicket keeper David Jacobs who, at 26, is also the youngest captain in the tournament. This side has the home advantage and is in good form, having lost only one match in the domestic series.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Colin Ingram, David Jacobs, Makhaya Ntini, Juan Theron
WAYAMBA ELEVENS
Country: Sri Lanka
Captain: Jehan Mubarak
Domestic tournament: Sri Lanka’s Inter-Provincial Twenty20 (winner)
Average age: 27 (four 30+ players)
It’s their second appearance in the competition. They also won their domestic championship for the second consecutive year. They were knocked out in the first round in the inaugural season of CLT20.
Also See Fixtures: Champions League T20 From 10-26 September (Graphic)
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Mahela Jayawardene, Jeewantha Kulatunga, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana
CENTRAL STAGS
Country: New Zealand
Captain: Jamie How
Domestic tournament: HRV Cup (winner)
Average age: 26 (five 30+players)
After having won their last domestic title in 2005-06, Central Stags made it to CLT20 by beating Auckland Aces in the finals of the HRV Cup. The team could well prove to be the dark horse in the tournament.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Peter Ingram, Mathew Sinclair, Michael Mason, Seth Rance
MUMBAI INDIANS
Country: India
Captain: Sachin Tendulkar
Domestic tournament: IPL (runner-up)
Average age: 26.6 (three 30+ players)
With a good mix of experience and five foreign players, Mumbai Indians will start as one of the favourites.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan
HIGHVELD LIONS
Country: South Africa
Captain: Alviro Peterson
Domestic tournament: Standard Bank Pro20 (runner-up)
Average age: 27.2 (four 30+ players)
The Lions will be playing the inaugural match at the Wanderers, their home ground, against Mumbai Indians. The home advantage factor should work in their favour.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Jonathan Vandiar, Robert Frylinck, Ethan O’Reilly
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REDBACKS
Country: Australia
Captain: Michael Klinger
Domestic tournament: KFC Twenty20 Big Bash (runner-up)
Average age: 26.6 (three 30+ players)
The most consistent team in the KFC Big Bash, the South Australian Redbacks lost to the Victorian Bushrangers in the domestic tournament. They are bound to miss Keiron Pollard, who is playing for Mumbai Indians.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Daniel Harris, Graham Manou, Shaun Tait, Aaron O’Brien
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Country: India
Captain: Anil Kumble
Domestic tournament: IPL (third)
Average age: 28.3 (four 30+ players)
The team, which has five foreign players, is led by the oldest player in the competition and coached by South African Ray Jennings, whose expertise with the country’s playing conditions will definitely be an advantage. RCB has a good mix of youth and experience.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Jacques Kallis, Cameron White, Dale Steyn,
Praveen Kumar
GUYANA
Country: Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Captain: Ramnaresh Sarwan
Domestic tournament: Caribbean T20 (winner)
Average age: 26 (three 30+ players)
A team with few big names, Guyana’s strength lies in their youngsters; this works well in the short form of the sport. They defeated last year’s runner-up Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-finals and Barbados in the final of this year’s domestic competition.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Travis Dowlin, Jonathan Foo, Lennox Cush, Devindra Bishoo
Compiled by Manoj Madhavan
Source: CLT20
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First Published: Wed, Sep 08 2010. 10 20 PM IST