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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Best of CL

Champions League matches likely to be shifted from Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens is set to lose all its three Champions League Twenty20 matches with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) favouring shift of the matches due to monsoon rains lashing the city almost daily.

New Zealand quick Southee out of Champions League

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee pulled out of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket series on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury.

Players showed responsibility in absence of Gambhir: Kallis

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Jacques Kallis is pleased with they way his team dealt with the absence of Gautam Gambhir as they began their quest to qualify for the Champion League T20 with a win over Auckland Aces.

Gautam is as good a captain as Dhoni: Balaji

Kolkata Knight Riders' Laxmipathy Balaji says skipper Gautam Gambhir is as good as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni when it comes to leading the side.

Knight Riders settling down away from home

The Kolkata matches scheduled on September 25 and 27 will take place in Hyderabad, while the match on September 29 involving Royal Challengers Bangalore and a qualifier will be played in Bangalore.

Pujara fighting to find his feet again

As the Royal Challengers Bangalore gear up for the main draw of the Champions League T20, their young star Cheteshwar Pujara is on the sidelines, fighting a battle he has fought before. Records and injuries

Five Tests a year will get Bangladesh nowhere

Shakib Al Hasan is the lone Bangladesh representative in the Champions League T20. And possibly, he earns more more money and exposure from the two months of IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders and the CLT20 than a year of playing for the national team. But the all-rounder is not perturbed and is ready to give up playing IPL if ever it gets in the way of national duty, as he tells HT.

Rules bent to suit IPL

When the Champions League Twenty20 kicked off in 2009, it was touted as a league of Twenty20 champions across the globe to determine the best team in the world. However, it was nothing but a tournament designed to give one more branding opportunity for the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams. Amol Karhadkar writes.

Blues ready to negotiate with Cobras

A good batsman knows which balls to play and the ones to leave, both on and off the field and New South Wales Blues all-rounder Shane Watson did the same on the eve of their opening CLT20 game against he Cape Cobras.

This could be best season of the league

If the qualifying section is anything to go by this might be the best yet Champions League. It produced some good cricket and a few surprises, which all served to confirm a couple of adages about the game. Ian Chappell writes.

Cobras or Warriors? All alien for fans here

The tournament is dubbed the clash between the best of the IPL and the best of the world; however, on early evidence it would appear the best of the rest has already given a walkover. Shalabh Manocha reports.

Champions League fails fairness test

A battle between the pampered and the neglected of the Champions League T20 will be played out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Monday night. Nikhilesh Bhattacharya reports.

We didn't deserve to win: Harbhajan

Mumbai Indians might have edged out Trinidad and Tobago by one-wicket in a last-ball thriller of the Champions League Twenty20 but skipper Harbhajan Singh said they didn't deserve to win and the Caribbean side was the better team today.

No ordinary Sachin fan

Sudhir Kumar Gautam is no ordinary Sachin Tendulkar fan. He has access to the great man who gifts him signed T-shirts and has even invited him home. Harbhajan Singh too likes him.

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