Celebrity Cricket League

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Celebrity Cricket League
Countries India
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2011 Celebrity Cricket League
Last tournament 2015 Celebrity Cricket League
Next tournament 2016 Celebrity Cricket League
Tournament format Round-robin and Knockout
Number of teams 8
Current champion Telugu Warriors (1st title)
Most successful Chennai Rhinos (2 titles)
Karnataka Bulldozers (2 titles)
Most runs Druv Sharma (Karnataka Bulldozers) - 1033
Most wickets Raghu (Telugu Warriors) - 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 actors from eight regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011.[1] Since its inception, television viewership of CCL matches have steadily grown as it becomes more popular.[2][3][4][5][6]


First season[edit]

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.[7] [8] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in the final and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.

Second season[edit]

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.[9] 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 and Bhojpuri Dabbangs and began in Mumbai on 19 Jan 2013.[10][11][12] Popular Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu was appointed as the brand ambassador for Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Season 3, along with Kajal Agarwal.[13][14]Karnataka Bulldozers defeated the Telugu Warriors and emerged as winner[15]

Teams and performance[edit]


Team Industry State Captain Team Owner
Bengal Tigers Cinema of West Bengal West Bengal Jisshu Sengupta Boney Kapoor
Bhojpuri Dabbangs Bhojpuri cinema Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Manoj Tiwari Manoj Tiwari
Chennai Rhinos Tamil cinema Tamil Nadu Jiiva K. Ganga Prasad
Karnataka Bulldozers Cinema of Karnataka Karnataka Sudeep Ashok Kheny
Kerala Strikers Malayalam cinema Kerala Asif Ali Lissy Priyadarshan
Mumbai Heroes Bollywood Maharashtra Sunil Shetty Sohail Khan
Telugu Warriors Telugu cinema Andhra Pradesh/Telangana Akhil Akkineni Sachiin Joshi
Veer Marathi Marathi cinema Maharashtra Riteish Deshmukh Riteish Deshmukh
Punjab De Sher[16][17] Punjabi Cinema Punjab Sonu Sood Puneet Singh and Navraj Hans


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 R
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 W
Veer Marathi N/A N/A SF GS GS


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


  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. ^ "It's celebrity cricket league next". The Times of India. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "About Us - CCL Social Initiative". Celebrity Cricket League. cclt20 Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "CCL is back for season two!". The Times of India. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ http://www.ccl.in/bipasha-basu-as-brand-ambassador-for-ccl-season-3.php Bipasha Basu as Brand Ambassador for CCL Season-3.
  15. ^ http://ccl5.in/?p=3879 CCL 5 Points Table & Team Standings 2015
  16. ^ "Team 'Punjab De Sher' launched". 
  17. ^ "Celebrity Cricket League has an all-new team—Punjab De Sher". 

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