Champions League Twenty20

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Champions League Twenty20
Championsleague t20 logo.jpg
Countries
Administrator BCCI, CA, CSA
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2009
Tournament format Round-robin and knockout
Number of teams 10 (group stage)
12 (total)
Current champion India Mumbai Indians (2nd title)
Most successful India Mumbai Indians (2 titles)
Most runs India Suresh Raina (608)
Most wickets West Indies Cricket Board Dwayne Bravo (28)
TV List of Broadcasters Television
Website clt20.com
2014 Champions League Twenty20

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. The competition was launched in 2008 with the first edition held in October 2009.[1] It is jointly owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa,[2] and is chaired by N. Srinivasan, who is also the president of the BCCI. Sundar Raman is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the CLT20 as well as the IPL.[3][4]

The tournament is held between September and October for a period of two to three weeks in either India or South Africa. It has a total prize pool of US$6 million, with the winning team receiving $2.5 million, the highest for a club cricket tournament in history.[5] The current format involves the best teams from the premier Twenty20 competitions of seven Test-playing nations, favouring the teams from India, Australia and South Africa.[6]

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Main article: Twenty20

Twenty20 cricket was launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2003 with the Twenty20 Cup as a result of a long-term decline in the popularity of county championship and domestic limited-overs cricket.[7] By shortening matches to around three hours, the format was designed to attract a younger crowd and boost attendances. Cricketing nations began adopting the format and creating domestic Twenty20 competitions.

This was followed by the creation of international Twenty20 tournaments. International 20:20 Club Championship was an early attempt at an international Twenty20 club tournament. It was held in 2005 and featured domestic Twenty20 teams from three countries. Twenty20 International, the form of Twenty20 played between national cricket teams, began in February 2005 and the ICC World Twenty20, the Twenty20 version of the Cricket World Cup, was first held in September 2007.

Domestic Twenty20 competitions began with England's Twenty20 Cup in 2003. By 2006, most of the major cricketing nations had created their own domestic Twenty20 competitions. However, all these competitions had a style similar to their existing first-class and List A cricket counterparts, with most even using the same teams. In 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was launched and achieved revolutionary success and popularity.[8] The IPL has top cricketers and coaches from around the world; a franchise system where the eight teams auctioned for a combined $723 million, several of which are owned by Bollywood superstars; loyal team support from fans, and; large support from sponsorship.[9]

Creation[edit]

Immediately after the end of the first IPL season, the cricket authorities in India, Australia and South Africa entered into discussions to create a new international club competition and capitalise on this success.[1] The plans for the creation of the Champions League Twenty20 were first announced on 13 September 2007. The inaugural edition was to be held in October 2008, run by the cricket boards of India, England, Australia and South Africa, and featuring two teams from each country.[10][11]

However, the tournament encountered problems when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns 50% of the tournament, decided to bar players from the Indian Cricket League (ICL; a league unsanctioned by the BCCI and other cricket boards as a result) from participating.[12] England featured ICL players in many of their teams, including their domestic tournament's runners-up the Kent Spitfires. The BCCI decided to replace Kent's slot with a team from Pakistan and was prepared to also replace the remaining England team. In response, ECB devised plans for their own Champions League.[13][14] ECB eventually agreed to the terms from the BCCI. The CLT20 was founded by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa with one team from England and $6 million in prize money.[2][15]

Following this, another problem arose with the International Cricket Council over the tournament dates, which clashed with the ICC Champions Trophy, and the CLT20 was moved to December 2008. Plans were also made for the second edition to be held in late 2009 with 12 teams.[16] In November 2008, the tournament was again put in jeopardy when Mumbai suffered terrorist attacks and the organisers attempted to reschedule again to early 2009. In December 2008, it was finally pushed to September 2009, when it was successfully held as per the plans for the 2009 edition.[17][18]

Reception and impact[edit]

Club cricket prize money comparison
Tournament First prize
Champions League Twenty20 US$2.5 million[5]
India Indian Premier League INR100 million[19]
Bangladesh Bangladesh Premier League 50 million[20]
England Friends Life t20 £200,000[21]
West Indies Cricket Board Caribbean Premier League US$250,000[22]
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Premier League US$100,000[23]
West Indies Cricket Board Caribbean Twenty20 US$62,500[24]
Pakistan Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup 2.5 million[25]

The tournament received strong support from its creation. Its $6 million prize money pool was described by the organisers as "the single largest prize money pool in any cricket tournament so far."[5] ESPN Star Sports paid $900 million for the global broadcasting rights to every match for 10 years,[26][27] a deal comparable to when Sony Entertainment Television and World Sport Group purchased the rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for $1.026 billion for ten years.[28] Ahead of the 2009 edition, Bharti Airtel bought the title sponsorship rights for three years for reportedly $40 million.[29]

Despite this, the inaugural 2009 edition, held in India, was not highly received by its targeted Indian audience, who only showed interest for the IPL teams. This was demonstrated by low attendance and television ratings. According to TAM Media Research, it drew an average television ratings point of 1.06, much lower than the 4.1 achieved by the 2009 Indian Premier League. Low viewership led to Bharti Airtel ending its five-year sponsorship deal after two years.[30] Nokia signed a four-year deal to replace Bharti Airtel as the title sponsor but also withdrew after one year.[31] Karbonn Mobiles replaced Nokia in 2012.[32]

Several attempts were made at improving reception. The marketing campaign for 2010 included television commercials featuring Bollywood stars while the 2011 edition had Shahrukh Khan as brand ambassador and an opening ceremony featuring international hip-hop artists.[33][34][35] The ratings for the 2010 edition, held in South Africa, improved to 1.45. This is attributed to better performances by the IPL teams: the final, won by the Chennai Super Kings, drew an all-India rating of 3.30 while matches with the Mumbai Indians had an average rating of 2.11.[36] The tournament format was changed in 2011 to introduce a three-day qualifying stage which allowed the inclusion of a fourth IPL team and weaker teams to be eliminated early.[35] The 2011 edition saw the average rating increase to 1.64 but depended on IPL teams featuring in both semi-finals and the final.[37]

Television ratings
Edition Average rating
India 2009 1.06
South Africa 2010 1.45
India 2011 1.64

Despite low viewership, the tournament succeeded in providing a global stage and significant financial support for low-profile teams.[35][38] Players have also capitalised on the opportunity to further their careers in Twenty20 cricket. Kieron Pollard helped Trinidad and Tobago finish runners-up in the 2009 edition, including an innings where he scored 54 runs off 18 balls.[39] This earned him an IPL contract at the 2009 IPL players auction where he was sold for an undisclosed amount after attracting the maximum possible bid of $750,000.[40] Sunil Narine and Kevon Cooper also earned IPL contracts after competing for Trinidad and Tobago in the 2011 edition. Previously relatively unknown, Narine and Cooper were sold for $700,000 and $50,000 respectively at the 2012 IPL auction and made immediate impacts to their teams.[41][42] In particular, Narine helped his team win the 2012 Indian Premier League and was named Player of the Tournament.[43][44] Similarly, in 2012 edition, Chris Morris helped Highveld Lions to reach the final and in return it earned him an IPL contract at the 2013 IPL auction where has was bought by Chennai Super Kings for 625,000 USD, 51 times his base price.

Format[edit]

Although each edition held had a different format and had a different number of participating teams, each had a group stage and a two-round knockout stage. A qualifying stage was introduced in 2011, reducing direct entrants to only teams from India, South Africa and Australia. Each team (including qualifying stage participants) receives a participation fee of $500,000.[45] Every edition had a total prize money of $6 million. Since 2010, it had been distributed as follows:[46]

  • $2.5 million – Winners
  • $1.3 million – Runners-up
  • $500,000 – Losers in semi-finals
  • $200,000 – Teams eliminated in the group stage

Before the commencement of the tournament, each team names a squad of 15 players. All players much have been contracted by the team for their domestic tournament. Mirroring the IPL rule, each team can field a maximum of four international players. Most of the other tournaments have a lower limit on both contracted international players and how many can play in their matches. In 2011, an exception to the rule was made for the Mumbai Indians who, due to players being unavailable, had a squad of seven Indian players and would have been unable to put together a playing team of eleven players should another be injured. They were allowed to field five international players.[47] Mumbai won the CLT20 that year.[48]

Players[edit]

Should a player be a part of more than one qualified team, he can play for his "home" team (the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket) without consequence. If he plays for any other team, that team must pay the home team a compensation fee ($150,000 from 2011).[46] Indian Premier League teams have been the most popular choice for these players.[49] In the 2010 edition, controversy arose when an IPL team contractually forced three players to play for them by utilising a clause in the rules of the IPL. The clause states that the IPL teams have first rights over their players should they qualify with another team.[50][51]

The choice of the players and the nature of the rules are common subjects of debate with every edition. It continued to cause confusion until 2013 when it was clarified that the CLT20 rules state the players are free to choose their team. However, for a player named in an IPL team's squad, he would have to forego 20% of his salary to choose another team.[52] The IPL offers the most lucrative salaries and is the only tournament to have a clause relating to the CLT20 in its contracts. As a result, players are unlikely to choose against their IPL teams. For non-IPL teams wanting to keep their players, not only would they be forfeiting the compensation fee, some have felt the need to offer their players compensation in an attempt to sway their decision.[53]

The only player to have chosen another team over his IPL team was Kumar Sangakkara in 2013.[54] His team, the Kandurata Maroons, lost all their matches and did not advance beyond the qualifying stage.[55] This incentive was lessened when IPL contracts were changed in 2014 to not have player salaries cover participation in the CLT20. A player will instead receive an additional 10% of his IPL salary for representing his IPL team in the CLT20.[56]

Participation[edit]

Current qualification tournaments
Tournament Teams
Direct entrants
India Indian Premier League 4
Australia Big Bash League 2
South Africa MiWay T20 Challenge 2
West Indies Cricket Board Caribbean Twenty20 1
Qualifying stage entrants
New Zealand HRV Cup 1
Pakistan Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup 1
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Premier League 1

The participating teams are from the top cricketing nations and determined by the premier Twenty20 tournaments of those nations. Each edition has featured teams from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies and Sri Lanka. England have been in three editions but refused further participation after 2012 as their domestic season clashed with the tournament's dates.[57][58] Pakistan did not participate in the tournament until 2012 due to the hostility between India and Pakistan since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.[59]

As the tournament is mainly targeted at the Indian audience, all editions have featured more teams from India than any other country. From 2011, four Indian teams competed while other countries had two teams at most.[60] India is the first choice for hosting the tournament.

While the tournament format remained almost unchanged, the qualification tournaments have changed to include more overseas players and create stronger teams. The Caribbean Twenty20 was created in the West Indies after their representative finished runners-up in the 2009 edition.[61] It was later expanded to become the Caribbean Premier League in 2013. Australia and Sri Lanka have expanded their tournaments to create the Big Bash League in 2011 and the Sri Lanka Premier League in 2012 respectively.[62][63]

Participation in the tournament is highly desired. Since the Bangladesh Premier League was created in 2012, its organisers had hoped for their teams to be included in the tournament.[64] A Bangladeshi team has yet to participate in the CLT20. The Dhaka Gladiators, winners of the 2013 BPL, expressed their disappointment after being excluded in 2013 despite the efforts made by their management.[65]

Venue[edit]

It was originally intended for the host of the tournament to be rotated between the countries of the three shareholders: India, South Africa and Australia. The broadcasting agreement also demands that at least five of the first ten editions are to be held in India.[66] However, Australia has yet to be considered due to its unsuitable weather in September and due to its time zone being undesirable for the broadcaster. South Africa first hosted in 2010 but India has since been the first preference for hosting. South Africa was only chosen to host in 2012 when situations made it infeasible for India to host.[67]

Tournament Summary[edit]

Best performance[edit]

The table below provides an overview of the performances of teams over past editions of the Champions League Twenty20. League and group stages are considered equivalent.

Team Span Best result Statistics
Mat Won Lost Tied NR
India Mumbai Indians 2010 - 2013 Champions (2011,2013) 20 10 7 0 3
Australia Sydney Sixers 2012 - 2012 Champions (2012) 6 6 0 0 0
India Chennai Super Kings 2010 - 2013 Champions (2010) 19 11 7 1 0
India Rajasthan Royals 2013 - 2013 Runners-up (2013) 6 5 1 0 0
South Africa Warriors 2010 - 2011 Runners-up (2010) 10 6 4 0 0
India Royal Challengers Bangalore 2009 - 2011 Runners-up (2011) 15 7 8 0 0
South Africa Highveld Lions 2010 - 2013 Runners-up (2012) 14 6 6 1 1
India Delhi Daredevils 2009 - 2012 Semi-finals (2012) 9 4 3 0 2
South Africa Cape Cobras 2009 - 2011 Semi-finals (2009) 9 4 4 0 1
South Africa Titans 2012 - 2013 Semi-finals (2012) 9 4 4 0 1
India Sunrisers Hyderabad 2013 - 2013 Group stage (2013) 4 1 2 0 1
New Zealand Otago Volts 2009 - 2013 Group stage (2013) 6 1 3 1 1
India Kolkata Knight Riders 2011 - 2012 Group stage 2012) 8 3 4 0 1
New Zealand Auckland Aces 2012 - 2012 Group stage (2012) 4 1 2 0 1
Australia Perth Scorchers 2012 - 2013 Group stage (2012) 8 1 5 0 2
Australia Brisbane Heat 2013 - 2013 Group stage (2013) 4 0 3 0 1
New Zealand Central Districts Stags 2010 - 2010 Group stage (2010) 4 0 4 0 0
Australia New South Wales Blues 2010 - 2011 Champions (2009) 9 5 3 0 1
West Indies Cricket Board Trinidad and Tobago 2009 - 2013 Runners-up (2009) 16 11 4 1 0
Australia Southern Redbacks 2010 - 2011 Semi-finals (2010) 9 5 3 0 1
Australia Victorian Bushrangers 2009 - 2010 Semi-finals (2009) 9 4 4 1 0
England Somerset 2009 - 2011 Semi-finals (2011) 9 3 5 0 1
England Yorkshire Carnegie 2012 - 2012 Group stage (2012) 4 0 3 0 1
England Sussex Sharks 2009 - 2009 Group stage (2009) 2 0 1 1 0
Sri Lanka Wayamba 2009 - 2010 Group stage (2010) 6 2 4 0 0
West Indies Cricket Board Guyana 2010 - 2010 Group stage (2010) 4 0 4 0 0
India Deccan Chargers 2009 - 2009 Group stage (2009) 2 0 2 0 0

Note: List includes qualifier results also.

  •      Teams do not participate
  •      Defunct Teams (no longer exists or play twenty20)
  • Tie+W and Tie+L indicates matches tied and then won or lost by "Super Over"
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win
Full Table on Cricinfo

Last updated: 30 May 2014

Titles[edit]

Teams Span Tittles
India Mumbai Indians 2010 - 2013 2
Australia Sydney Sixers 2012 - 2012 1
India Chennai Super Kings 2010 - 2013 1

Source: Cricinfo [68]

Last updated: 30 May 2014

Season summary[edit]

Year Host nation Final Teams Ref
Venue Winners Result Runners-up Grp Tot
2008
Details
 India MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Cancelled due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks 8 [69]
2009
Details
 India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Australia New South Wales Blues
159 for 9 (20 overs)
Won by 41 runs
Scorecard
 Trinidad and Tobago
118 all out (15.5 overs)
12 [70][71]
2010
Details
 South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg India Chennai Super Kings
132 for 2 (19 overs)
Won by 8 wickets
Scorecard
South Africa Warriors
128 for 6 (20 overs)
10 [72][73]
2011
Details
 India MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai India Mumbai Indians
139 all out (20 overs)
Won by 31 runs
Scorecard
India Royal Challengers Bangalore
108 all out (19.2 overs)
10 13 [74][75]
2012
Details
 South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Australia Sydney Sixers
124 for 0 (12.3 overs)
Won by 10 wickets
Scorecard
South Africa Highveld Lions
121 all out (20 overs)
10 14 [76]
2013
Details
 India Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi India Mumbai Indians
202 for 6 (20 overs)
Won by 33 runs
Scorecard
India Rajasthan Royals
169 all out (18.5 overs)
10 12 [77]
2014
Details
 India

Source: Cricinfo [68]

Statistics and records[edit]

As of the 2012 edition, 30 teams have competed in 103 matches.[78] Individual players have appeared in as many as four editions and 20 matches.[79] Four players have scored centuries,[80] 16 players have taken four wickets in an innings and three players have taken five wickets in an innings.[81][82] One player has taken a hat-trick.[83]

Media coverage[edit]

Television
Country Broadcaster(s) Ref
Arab League Arab World Satellite: ART CricOne (2009–2018)
 Australia Free-to-air: One/Network Ten (2009–2010, 2013–present)
Cable/satellite (pay): Fox Sports (2011–2012)
[84]
 Bangladesh Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
 Bhutan Cable/satellite (pay): Maasranga TV (2009–2018) [26]
 Canada Cable/satellite (pay): Sportsnet One (finals), Sportsnet World
 China Cable/satellite (pay): ESPN
 Europe Cable/satellite (pay): Eurosport 2 [85]
 Hong Kong Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
 India Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Sports 3 (2009–2018) [26]
 Indonesia TPI/MNCTV (2009–2018)
 Malaysia Satellite (pay): Astro
 Maldives Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
   Nepal Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
 New Zealand Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sport
 Pakistan Cable/satellite (pay): PTV Sports, TEN Sports (2009–2018) [26]
 Singapore Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
 South Africa SuperSport 2009–2018
 Sri Lanka Cable/satellite (pay): STAR Cricket (2009–2018) [26]
 United Kingdom Cable/satellite (pay): British Eurosport [86]
 United States Internet (pay): ESPN3 (2012–2015)
Internet: Willow Cricket (2009–2011)
West Indies Cricket Board West Indies Cable/satellite (pay): ESPN (2010–2015) [87]

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