HT takes a look at 13 teams who will participate in the Champions League T20, and how they have made it to the big stage. While the top seven are in the main draw, the other six will play a qualifier to claim the remaining three berths.
Chennai Super Kings
The two-time IPL and the defending CLT20 champs, CSK are the tournament favourites. Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger R Ashwin — and you have a formidable T20 winning formula. Add to it MS Dhoni spearheading the team.
Won the IPL
The Kiwis team has the required arsenal to make this year’s event quite interesting. With Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent, Kyle Mills & Gareth Hopkins (in pic), they will play the qualifying tourney for the Champions League this year and hope to go ahead.
Winning the HRV Cup
Kolkata Knight Riders
After three years of failure, KKR have made it to the qualifiers this time. Though skipper Gautam Gambhir (in pic) will be missed, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Ryan ten Doeschate, along with Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary, should see them through.
Second in IPL eliminators
Though skipper Sachin Tendulkar is in doubt for the tournament but his team has some clean hitters like Keiron Pollard, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayadu. A bowling attack with Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh at helm only makes it difficult for others teams.
Runners up in IPL qualifiers
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The second placed IPL team is a true mix of experience and power. If Chris Gayle gets going, the opponents can be reduced to ball fetchers. Add to that the likes of Virat Kohli, Daniel Vettori (in pic) and AB de Villiers.
Runners up in IPL
The Somerset County Cricket Club from England, again, is full of T20 specialists. All-rounders like Roelof van der Merwe and Alfonso Thomas (in pic) can come up with inspiring shows. Murali Kartik can chip in to see them past the qualifiers.
Runners up Friends Life T-20
Trinidad & Tobago
One of the best teams to have played in CLT20, it has to go through the qualifiers hurdle. Ravi Rampaul, Adrian Barath and Daren Ganga (in pic), are good enough to take them forward.
Won the Caribbean T20
The SA team will come in as one of the favourites. With the likes of JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Hershelle Gibbs & Justin Kemp (in pic) in their ranks, this team will be the one to watch out for. The top two teams of the Standard Bank Pro20 Series qualify for CLT20.
Won PRO20 series
The English county heavyweights may not have internationally-recognised names in their ranks apart from Abdul Razzaq, but the team, led by Andrew McDonald (in pic) is full of T20 specialists and capable of getting past the qualifying round.
Won Friends Life T-20
New South Wales Blues
The Australian team would rank among the favourites. The Sydney-based team has Shane Watson, Simon Katich (in pic), David Warner and Nathan Hauritz among a host of other limited-over specialists.
Runners up in T20 big bash
Winner of the Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial T20, the team, led by Mahela Udawatte (in pic) in the qualifiers group is an unknown entity. But Jayasuriya’s experience and the unpredictable nature of the game will make them an interesting prospect.
Won Inter-Provincial T20
South Australian Redbacks
The Adelaide-based team from Australia just knows it how to pull off a T20 affair without big names. But teams should be aware of Shaun Tait, Michael Klinger (in pic) and Daniel Christian to run away with the game.
Won the T20 big bash