Different from previous year, when the top three Indian Premier League (IPL) teams had received a straight way in into the Champions League, the 2012 occasion will see the fourth positioned IPL side as well qualifying straight. In 2011, three teams had to create it through qualifying while seven were straight entries. Ten teams, counting four as of the IPL, will vie in the Champions League 2012, which will be held between October 9 and 28 in South Africa.
Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2012 winners), Mumbai Indians (defending CLT20 champions), Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings will bypass the six-team qualifying phase which precedes the major occasion.
New Zealand’s Auckland Aces, Trinidad and Tobago from the West Indies, Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions, two from England and one outfit from Sri Lanka, six teams that will wrestle in the qualifiers for two main-draw slots.
South Africa will host the fourth season of the Champions League Twenty20 contest.CTL- T20 is jointly owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa.
The Champions League T20 fourth season to be held between September and October for a period of two to three weeks in South Africa, with Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban as the venues. The tournament was founded by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa with one team from England and $6 million in prize money.