Champions League Twenty20 2014: Tournament Preview

The Champions League Twenty20 is a relatively new tournament, having come into existence in 2009. It involves club sides from across all test-playing nations, although is normally dominated by those with a thriving domestic tournament of their own; namely India, South Africa and Australia.

t20With $2.5 million on the line for the winning side, it is the most lucrative tournament cricket has ever seen. Mumbai Indians are the most successful side in the tournament’s history, although given it is so new they’ve still only won it twice.

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Last season

2013 saw the Mumbai Indians, from India’s IPL, win their second title, defeating the Rajasthan Royals in the final. One of the quirks of the tournament is that the defending champions aren’t guaranteed a place in next season’s tournament. Last year that was the Sydney Sixers, and indeed this year the Mumbai Indians haven’t, at the time of writing, qualified.

2013 SEMI-FINALS
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings: Royals won by 14 runs
Trinidad and Tobago vs Mumbai Indians: Indians won by 6 wickets

2013 FINAL
Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals: Indians won by 33 runs

Year Winner
2013 Mumbai Indians
2012 Sydney Sixers
2011 Mumbai Indians
2010 Chennai Super Kings
2009 New South Wales Blues

Round one fixtures

Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings
WED 17 SEP 20:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Kings XI Punjab v Hobart Hurricanes
THU 18 SEP 20:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Punjab Mohali
Cape Cobras v TBC (Qualifier)
FRI 19 SEP 20:00 Chhattisgarh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur
Dolphins v Perth Scorchers
SAT 20 SEP 16:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Punjab Mohali

So who will be crowned champions this year? Here are the bookies’ odds, according to Oddschecker:

Chennai Super Kings: 3/1
King’s XI Punjab: 7/2
Kolkata Knight Riders: 4/1
Cape Cobras: 9/1
Hobart Hurricanes: 10/1
Perth Scorchers: 14/1
Dolphins: 22/1

Good luck with your picks this season!

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