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Introduction to Champions League Twenty20 2009

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The inaugural Champions League Twenty20 starting from tomorrow will feature as many as 12 teams competing for a whooping prize money of around USD $6m. The 12 teams are the winners and runners up of the premier domestic T20 tournaments in India, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the West Indies. This annual tournament was supposed to kick start last year itself but was cancelled due to the infamous Mumbai terror attacks.

The 12 participating teams have been divided into four groups. The matches will be on a round robin league basis with each team in a group playing the other once.  Two out of the three teams in each group will then make it to the second round. The 8 teams that have made it to this round are divided into two groups and will play on league basis to decide the four semi finalists.

A total of 23 games are to be played at three venues in India – New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore from the 8th of October to the 23rd.

Host country India is represented by the top three teams of the last edition of the Indian Premier League – Deccan Chargers, Bangalore Royal Challengers and Delhi Daredevils. Australia, South Africa and England are represented by two teams each in this tournament. New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka have their T20 Domestic Tournament winners for this tournament.

Following are the 12 teams along with their squads :

Group A

Deccan Chargers Squad (India): Adam Gilchrist (C&WK), Azhar Bilakhia, Fidel Edwards, Harmeet Singh, Ryan Harris, VVS Laxman, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Shoaib Ahmed, RP Singh, Scott Styris, Tirumalasetti Suman, Andrew Symonds, Chaminda Vaas, Y Venugopal Rao

Somerset Squad (Australia): Justin Langer (C), Omari Banks, Jos Buttler, Zander de Bruyn, Wes Durston, James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter (WK), Ben Phillips, Arul Suppiah, Alfonso Thomas, Peter Trego, Marcus Trescothick, Mark Turner, Max Waller, Charl Willoughby 

Trinidad & Tobago Squad (West Indies): Daren Ganga (C), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga, Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons, Navin Stewart

Group B

New South Wales Squad (Australia): Simon Katich (C), Aaron Bird, Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark, Nathan Hauritz, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Simon Keen, Brett Lee, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith (WK), Steven Smith, Dominic Thornely, David Warner

Eagles Squad (South Africa): Boeta Dippenaar (C), Ryan Bailey, Jandre Coetzee, Cornelius de Villiers, Dillon du Preez, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Alan Kruger, Adrian McLaren (WK), Ryan McLaren, Victor Mpitsang, Rilee Rossouw, Thandi Tshabalala, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Morne van Wyk (WK)

Sussex Squad (England): Micheal Yardy (C), Yasir Arafat, Will Beer, Ben Brown (WK),Piyush Chawla, Joe Gatting, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Andy Hodd (wk), Ed Joyce, Keegan, James Kirtley, Robin Martin-Jenkins, Chris Nash, Dwayne Smith, Luke Wright 

Group C

Bangalore Royal Challengers Squad (India): Anil Kumble (C), Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Manish Pandey, Rajesh Bishnoi, Mark Boucher (WK), Shreevats Goswami, Robin Uthappa  , Jacques Kallis, Roelof van der Merwe, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Balachandra Akhil, Dale Steyn, Vinay Kumar

Cape Cobras Squad (South Africa): Andrew Puttick (C), Derek Brand, Ryan Canning (WK), Jean-Paul Duminy, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Herschelle Gibbs, Claude Henderson, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong, Vernon Philander, Francois Plaatjies, Monde Zondeki

Otago Squad (New Zealand): Craig Cumming (C), Nick Beard, Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Derek de Boorder (WK), Matt Harvie, Brendon McCullum (WK), Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Warren McSkimming, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Greg Todd, Neil Wagner

Group D

Delhi Daredevils Squad (India): Gautam Gambhir (C), Owais Shah, Manoj Tiwary, Virender Sehwag, Yogesh Nagar, Rajat Bhatia, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mithun Manhas, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Glenn McGrath, Pradeep Sangwan, Aavishkar Salvi, Dirk Nannes, Ashish Nehra, Amit Mishra

Victoria Squad (Australia): Cameron White (C), Aiden Blizzard, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade (WK)

Wayamba Squad (Sri Lanka): Jehan Mubarak (C), Ishara Amerasinghe, Sameera de Zoysa (WK), Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Shalika Karunanayake, Jeevantha Kulatunga, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Farveez Maharoof, Ajantha Mendis, Thissara Perera, Isuru Udana, Mahela Udawatte, Michael Vandort, Chanaka Welegedara

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