New Delhi, Aug 30 IBNS | 12 months ago

Iconic Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have been named in the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals squad for the upcoming Champions League Twenty 20 tournament.


Sachin earlier announced his retirement from Indian Premier League (IPL) after Mumbai Indians won the tournament this year.

The Mumbai Indians squad did not feature former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting's name.

The tournament will be played in from Sept 17 to Oct 6.

The teams have been placed in Group A and B.

The teams announced their squads for the tournament on Friday.

The tournament will follow a format similar to the two previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier.

A total of 29 matches will be played in the tournament.

The Qualifier, to be played from Sept 17 to Sept 20 will feature four teams: Q1 - Otago Volts (New Zealand's HRV Cup champions), Q2 - Sunrisers Hyderabad (Fourth-ranked team in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Q3 - Kandurata Maroons, the winner of Sri Lanka's domestic T20 competition, and Q4 - Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan's domestic T20 Champions).

"The teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage. Q1 / Q3 will enter Group A, if either of them makes it to the Group Stage. Q2 / Q4 will enter Group B, if either of them makes it. If Q1 and Q3 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q1 will enter Group A, and Q3 will enter Group B. If Q2 and Q4 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q2 will enter Group B, and Q4 will enter Group A," the Champions League T20 website said.

The Group Stage will commence with a clash between Mumbai Indian and Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on Sept 21.

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals apart, Group A will comprise Highveld Lions (winner of South Africa's domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (KFC T20 Big Bash League runner-up), and a team from the Qualifier.

Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat (KFC T20 Big Bash League champion), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies T20 champion), Chennai Super Kings (runner-up in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Titans (South Africa's domestic T20 runners-up), and a team from the Qualifier.

The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B in the first semi-final, at Jaipur on 4 October 2013. The top team from Group B will play the second-ranked team from Group A in the second semi-final, at Delhi on 5 October 2013. The winners of the semis will play in the CLT20 2013 Final on 6 October 2013.

(Posted on 31-08-2013)