Celebrity Cricket League

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Celebrity Cricket League
Countries India
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2011 Celebrity Cricket League
Last tournament 2014 Celebrity Cricket League
Tournament format Round-robin and Knockout
Number of teams 8
Current champion Karnataka Bulldozers (2nd title)
Most successful Karnataka Bulldozers (2 titles)
Chennai Rhinos (2 titles)
Most runs Druv Sharma (Karnataka) - 1033
Most wickets Raghu (Telugu) - 27
Website www.ccl.in
2015 Celebrity Cricket League

The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is a non-professional men's cricket league in India, contested by Eight teams consisting of film actors from Eight major regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011.[1] Since its inception, television viewership of CCL matches have grown to become more popular than the International Cricket Council (ICC) games.[2]

The CCL has been widely reported in the media.[3][4][5][6]



The CCL was inspired by the popularity of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 tournament with franchises in major Indian cities. Vishnu Vardhan Induri, a Serial Entrepreneur from Hyderabad is the Founder and Managing Director of CCL who started CCL in 2010 by selling franchise rights for four teams in the inaugural season. For the second season two additional teams were added.[7]

First season[edit]

The inaugural season took place in 2011, which was contested by 4 teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes and Karnataka Bulldozers.[8] With CCL Season 1, the organisers planned to create awareness about Anti Piracy.[9] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in a thriller and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.

Second season[edit]

The second season was conducted from 13 Jan to 13 Feb 2012. Two new cricket teams, the Kerala Strikers and the Bengal Tigers were added to the CCL. Hindi Film Industry Team "Mumbai Heroes" selected Sharjah as its home ground.[10] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers for the second time in a row and emerged as the CCL 2 champions.

Third season[edit]

The Third Season had two new teams, Veer Marathi representing the Marathi Film Industry and Bhojpuri Dabbangs representing the Bhojpuri Film Industry. Season 3 Curtain Raiser Event was a grand affair in Mumbai on 19 Jan 2013,[11] where Salman Khan,[12] Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva performed with many other celebrities.[13] Opening Ceremony was at Kochi on 9th Feb 2013, where Kerala Strikers played against Mumbai Heroes. Popular Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu was appointed as the brand ambassador for Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Season 3, along with Kajal Agarwal.[14][15] [16]

Teams and performance[edit]


Team Industry State Captain Team Owner
Kerala Strikers Mollywood Kerala Asif Ali Lissy Priyadarshan
Chennai Rhinos Kollywood Tamil Nadu Jiiva K. Ganga Prasad
Telugu Warriors Tollywood Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Daggubati Venkatesh Sachiin Joshi
Mumbai Heroes Bollywood Maharashtra Sunil Shetty Sohail Khan
Karnataka Bulldozers Sandalwood Karnataka Sudeep Ashok Kheny
Bengal Tigers Tollywood Bangla West Bengal Jisshu Sengupta Boney Kapoor
Bhojpuri Dabbangs Bhojpuri cinema Uttar Pradesh & Bihar Manoj Tiwari Manoj Tiwari
Veer Marathi Marathi cinema Maharashtra Riteish Deshmukh Riteish Deshmukh


Team 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Bengal Tigers N/A 6th GS GS GS
Bhojpuri Dabbangs N/A N/A GS SF GS
Chennai Rhinos W W GS GS SF
Karnataka Bulldozers R R W W SF
Kerala Strikers N/A 5th SF R GS
Mumbai Heroes 4th SF GS SF SF
Telugu Warriors 3rd SF R GS SF
Veer Marathi N/A N/A SF GS GS


  • W = Winner; R = Runner ; SF = SemiFinalist; GS = Groupstage; N/A = Not Played


Squads 2012[edit]

Mumbai Heroes Telugu Warriors Chennai Rhinos Karnataka Bulldozers Kerala Strikers

2012 team standings[edit]

Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
Telugu Warriors 5 4 0 1 9 +1.060
Karnataka Bulldozers (R) 5 3 2 0 6 +2.261
Mumbai Heroes 5 2 2 1 5 +0.116 Teams that qualified for the semi-finals.
Chennai Rhinos (C) 5 2 3 0 4 −0.307
Kerala Strikers 5 2 3 0 4 −1.699 Teams that failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Bengal Tigers 5 1 4 0 2 −1.533

Squads 2011[edit]

Mumbai Heroes Telugu Warriors Chennai Rhinos Karnataka Bulldozers

2011 team standings[edit]

Team Played Won Lost Tied NR Points
Karnataka Bulldozers (R) 3 3 0 0 0 6
Chennai Rhinos (C) 3 1 1 1 0 3
Telugu Warriors 3 1 1 0 0 2
Mumbai Heroes 3 0 2 0 1 1
(C) = Eventual Champion; (R) = Runner-up.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for all the CCL 2015 tournament are Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Cuttack and Ranchi.


  1. ^ [http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-12/news-interviews/30619206_1_mumbai-heroes-chennae -rhinos-celebrity-cricket-league "Celeb Cricket League is back with a bang"]. The Times of India. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Trivedi, Bina (20 January 2012). "CCL: Superstar cricketainment". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ 2013 Inauguration venue = Kochi,Kerala Beauty, brawn ... and then there was cricket, The Hindu, 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  4. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/Celebrity-Cricket-League-T20-imagegallery-kannada-ldh py0afejc.html
  5. ^ CCL-II: A starry showdown, The Times of India, 23 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  6. ^ Megha Shenoy A feast for the eyes, Deccan Herald, February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  7. ^ Gooptu, Biswarup; Raghavendra, Nandini (11 February 2012). "Celebrity League rivals IPL on TV, in stadia". Economic Times. Retrieved March 2012. 
  8. ^ "It's celebrity cricket league next". The Times of India. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "About Us - CCL Social Initiative". Celebrity Cricket League. cclt20 Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "CCL is back for season two!". The Times of India. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  11. ^ http://truthdive.com/2013/01/19/ccl-3-celebrity-cricket-league-curtain-raiser-event-on-jan-19-in-mumbai.html CCL 3 : Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser event on 19 Jan in Mumbai
  12. ^ http://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Salman-Khan-performs-at-Celebrity-Cricket-League-curtain-raiser/22291 Salman Khan performed at Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser
  13. ^ http://truthdive.com/2013/01/21/ccl-3-curtain-raiser-event-a-star-studded-affair.html CCL 3 curtain raiser event, a star-studded affair
  14. ^ http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/ENT-celebrity-cricket-league-2013-salman-khan-bipasha-basu-kangana-ranaut-add-glam-4154210-NOR.html?seq=2 Celebrity Cricket League: Salman, Bipasha, Kangana add glam
  15. ^ http://www.ccl.in/bipasha-basu-as-brand-ambassador-for-ccl-season-3.php Bipasha Basu as Brand Ambassador for CCL Season-3
  16. ^ http://ccl5.in/?p=3879 CCL 5 Points Table & Team Standings 2015

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