The format and match schedule for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and qualifying event has been announced.
CLT20 has returned to India this year with matches in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, as well as a qualifying event in Hyderabad. The Qualifier will run from 19-21 September and the main tournament will be played from 23 September-9 October.
Seven teams have already been qualified, a six-team qualifying event will be held for the first time to determine the final three participants. The six teams will be divided into two pools and the top team from each pool qualifies for the group stage, with the third team to be the next highest ranked team based on points and then net run rate.
The Qualifier will be held in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, while Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, and Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host group stage matches.
Semi Finals will be played at Bengaluru and Chennai on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October respectively, with Chennai also selected to host the 2011 CLT20 Final on Sunday 9 October.
Chennai Super Kings, the defending CLT20 Champions, have been drawn in Group A along with Cape Cobras (South Africa’s Pro20 Series Champions), 2009 CLT20 Champions NSW Blues and Mumbai Indians. The fifth team from the group will be the team that finishes top of Pool B in the Qualifier.
Group B contains Royal Challengers Bangalore (2010 IPL Runner-Up), Warriors (2010 CLT20 Runner-up) and South Australian Redbacks (Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash Champions). The remaining two places will come from the Qualifier (the top of Pool A and the next highest qualifier).
The opening match of the tournament will be Group B match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday 23 September.
- 10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5
- Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals
- 23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)
- Semi Finals in Bangalore and Chennai
- Final in Chennai
CLT20 2011 Groups
Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Cape Cobras, NSW Blues, Mumbai Indians, Trinidad & Tobago
Group B – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, South Australian Redbacks, Kolkata Knight Riders, Somerset
- Kolkata Knight Riders (India)
- Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies)
- Auckland Aces (New Zealand)
- Sri Lanka (tbc)
- England 1 (tbc)
- England 2 (tbc)
- South Australian Redbacks (Australia)
- NSW Blues (Australia)
- Warriors (South Africa)
- Cape Cobras (South Africa)
- Chennai Super Kings (India)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (India)
- Mumbai Indians (India)
- 3 x Qualifier (Teams tbc)