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The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is a non-professional men's cricket league in India, contested by eight teams consisting of actors from eight regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011. Since its inception, television viewership of CCL matches have steadily grown as it becomes more popular.
The CCL was inspired by the popularity of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 tournament with franchises named after major Indian cities. The inaugural season took place in 2011, which was contested by 4 teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes and Karnataka Bulldozers. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in the final and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.
The second season was held from 13 Jan to 13 Feb 2012. Two new cricket teams, the Kerala Strikers and the Bengal Tigers were added. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers for the second time in a row and emerged as the CCL 2 champions.
The Third Season had two new teams, Veer Marathi and Bhojpuri Dabbangs and began in Mumbai on 19 Jan 2013. Popular Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu was appointed as the brand ambassador for Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Season 3, along with Kajal Agarwal.Karnataka Bulldozers defeated the Telugu Warriors and emerged as winner