Pakistan’s Domestic T20 competitions winner Faisalabad Wolves will play a part in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament to be held in India from September 17, 2013 to October 6, 2013.
Pakistani players had not been taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Cricket greats time and again suggested Indian organizers to include Pakistan players in their league as their presence will make the event more challenging and thrilling but they did not give entry to any Pak player in the IPL.
Now Pakistan domestic team’s participation in the Champions League T20 to be held in India will not only make the event exhilarating but also provide opportunities to cricket crazy fans of both the neighboring countries to see their players in action against each other. Pakistan-India matches are also considered as bigger than the Ashes.
Pakistan is hoping bilateral ties with India and has also visited them to play T20 series to promote peace through cricket and revive Pakistan-India bilateral series. This event will also help both the countries come closer and improve their relations through cricket.
The CLT20 governing council disclosed Friday that the qualifier would feature four teams – the fourth-ranked team from the IPL 2013, Otago Volts, and the winners of the Sri Lanka and Pakistan domestic T20 competitions.
The tournament will follow a similar format to the two previous editions with a group stage preceded by a qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the tournament. They also confirmed the teams will compete for total prize money of USD six million.
Trinidad and Tobago have earned direct entry into the group stage this year after playing in the qualifier in 2011 and 2012. But England teams will not participate in this year’s tournament. The teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the group stage which will feature 10 teams.
Group A will comprise the winner and third-ranked team in the IPL 2013, Highveld Lions, Perth Scorchers, and the top team from the CLT20 2013 qualifier.
Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat, Trinidad and Tobago, the runner-up in the IPL 2013, Titans, and the second-ranked team from the CLT20 2013 qualifier.
The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals.
The venues of the CLT20 will be decided at the end of the IPL 2013, once the top three teams in that tournament are known. Australia’s Sydney Sixers had clinched the top honours in the previous edition of the event.