|Player:||JH Kallis, MV Boucher, M Ntini, KA Pollard, DJ Bravo, CL White, LRPL Taylor|
The 2010 edition of the Champions League T20 will sport a new format. The ten participating teams will be divided into two groups each. The top two sides of each group would qualify to the semi-final stage.
In the previous edition, there were four groups consisting of three teams each with the group topper making it through to the semi-finals. But this year, with no English sides competing, the format has been changed to two groups. However, the tournament would feature the same number of matches as played last year - 23.
The tournament opener would see Mumbai Indians take on the South African side Highveld Lions on the 10th September at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The matches would be spread across four grounds - Wanderers, Centurion, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Durban and Centurion would host the semi-finals on September 24 and 25 respectively while the final would be played at the Wanderers on 26 September.
There are many players who are eligible to play for two teams: Jacques Kallis (Warriors, Bangalore), Mark Boucher (Warriors, Bangalore), Makhaya Ntini (Warriors, Chennai), Kieron Pollard (South Australia, Mumbai), Dwayne Bravo (Victoria, Mumbai) and Cameron White (Victorian, Bangalore).
While Ross Taylor becomes the first player to qualify for three teams - his home province Central Districts as well as Victoria and Bangalore, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard would find themselves in a similar situation if Trinidad and Tobago qualifies for the Champions League.
If a player chooses to play for an 'away' team rather than his 'home' team (the team from the country he represents in international cricket), the 'away' team must pay USD 200,000 as compensation to the 'home' team. 'Away' teams are not eligible for compensation if a player chooses to play for his 'home' team.
Group A teams: Chennai Super Kings, Warriors, Victorian Bushrangers, Wayamba Elevens, Central Stags.
Group B teams: Mumbai Indians, Highveld Lions, South Australian Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore, West Indies Domestic T20 Champions (To be confirmed).
The complete schedule (all times IST):
Sep 10: Mumbai Indians vs Highveld Lions, Johannesburg 9 pm.
Sep 11: Warriors vs Wayamba Elevens, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Central Stags, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 12: Highveld Lions vs South Australian Redbacks, Centurion 5 pm; Royal Challengers Bangalore vs WI team, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 13: Warriors vs Victorian Bushrangers, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 14: Mumbai Indians vs South Australian Redbacks, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 15: Victorian Bushrangers vs Central Stags, Centurion 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Wayamba Elevens, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 16: Mumbai Indians vs WI team, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 17: South Australian Redbacks vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 18: Warriors vs Central Stags, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Victorian Bushrangers, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 19: Highveld Lions vs WI team, Johannesburg 5 pm; Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 20: Victorian Bushrangers vs Wayamba Elevens, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 21: South Australian Redbacks vs WI team, Johannesburg 5 pm; Highveld Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Johannesburg 9 pm.
Sep 22: Wayamba Elevens vs Central Stags, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 24: Semi-final 1, 1st Group A vs 2nd Group B, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 25: Semi-final 2, 1st Group B vs 2nd Group A, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 26: Final, Johannesburg 9 pm.