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New Zealand to get invite for Champions League?

The organisers of the Champions League may invite New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 champions to participate in the cash-rich event, a media report said in Wellington on Wednesday.

cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2009 12:37 IST

The organisers of the Champions League may invite New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 champions to participate in the cash-rich event, a media report said in Wellington on Wednesday.

"New Zealand Cricket hasn't yet been invited to the tournament but it is understood chief executive Justin Vaughan is hopeful of getting the green light before New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 final on March 1," a report in the Dominion Post said.

The top-two domestic Twenty20 teams from India, Australia, South Africa and England and one team from Pakistan are due to figure in the tournament, scheduled for October.

The newspaper has also started speculation on which team stumper-batsman Brendon McCullum will play if his home side -- Otago -- qualifies.

"Otago are at the top of the competition points table and are a leading contender to claim the State twenty20 title and progress to India in October. McCullum's Indian Premier League team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, are also strong contenders to make the Champions League.