The host country for 2012’s Cricket Champions League is South Africa which was the host country for this popular tournament in 2009 as well. Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, and Centurion are the decided locations of this tournament. This news has been tweeted by Mr. Sundar Raman who is one of the members of the technical committee of Champion League T20.
The decided dates for this club cricket Tournament which is one of the globe’s most money spinning cricket affairs that pays really well are between 9th and 28th October. This is when summer starts in Africa. The tournament is going to be held under the scorching heat . India had the intentions to host this year’s Champions league just like two other years but South Africa is the one baking the cookie.
Summer months of South Africa accelerates Centurion and Johannesburg’s temperature into the 20s. Just like previous year’s Australia’s test Cape Town is expected to be cooler than the rest of the decided venues for this tournament. Durban is generally a warm city and expected to stay so. This season is inviting lively pitches from Centurion and Johannesburg and quick bowlers shall benefit from Durban’s pitch.
Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Delhi daredevils and Chennai Super kings who are the top finalist of the Indian Premier League in 2012 have been privileged with a free pass to the main rounds of Champions League this year unlike the previous year where Kolkata Knight Riders had to participate in the qualifying stage. Unlike the preceding year where 12 teams had been a part of this most profitable Cricket tournament, this year only 10 teams have the opportunity of bashing South Africa’s pitches with their cricket mania. The other teams which have enjoyed a direct entry are Perth Scorchers and Sydney sixers from Australia’s Big Bash League, Lions and Titans from the host country South Africa.
Other teams that will be participating in the qualifying stage are Tobago and Trinidad from West Indies, Auckland Aces from New Zealand, a team from sri Lanka and two teams from England which are yet to be decided, and Sialkot Stallions from Pakistan. The qualifying stage is suppose to take place quite before this tournament starts. This tournament is a brilliant opportunity for the Indian Teams like Delhi dare devils and kolkata Knight Riders to reach out to their international fans and make it capitalize for them. They are familiar to these grounds.