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Media Release For Immediate Publication Wanderers to host Airtel CLT20 Final as format and match schedule announced Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians to take on Alviro Petersen’s Highveld Lions in opening match Mumbai, 29 June 2010: Wanderers Stadium, one of world cricket’s most famous venues, will host the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) Final after the format and match schedule for the second edition of the tournament was announced today. The Airtel CLT20, the grand finale of Twenty
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    Media ReleaseFor Immediate Publication Wanderers to host AirtelCLT20 Final as format andmatch schedule announced Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians to take on AlviroPetersen’s Highveld Lions in opening match Mumbai, 29 June 2010: Wanderers Stadium, one of world cricket’s most famousvenues, will host the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) Final after theformat and match schedule for the second edition of the tournament was announcedtoday.The Airtel CLT20, the grand finale of Twenty20 cricket between the world’s championteams, will start on Friday 10 September with a Group B clash between SachinTendulkar’s Mumbai Indians and Alviro Petersen’s Highveld Lions at Wanderers inJohannesburg.Wanderers, which has hosted some of cricket biggest matches including the 2003ICC World Cup Final, 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Final and the 2009 IPL Final, will addanother chapter to its storied history in September as teams from around the worldbattle to be crowned the best of the best.Durban and Centurion have been awarded the Semi Finals on 24 and 25 Septemberrespectively, with the Final to be played at Wanderers on Sunday 26 September.The 10 competing teams have been divided into two groups of five for a round robinphase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi finals.Matches throughout the tournament have been evenly distributed across the fourvenues with each hosting at least five fixtures, including the finals.Mumbai and the Highveld Lions have been drawn in Group B alongside SouthAustralia’s Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore and West Indies’ representativewhich will be determined in late-July.    Group A includes MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (2010 IPL Champions), Australia’sTwenty20 Big Bash Champions Victoria, along with the Warriors (South Africa’s ProSeries Champions), Wayamba (Sri Lanka) and Central Stags (New Zealand).Play in Group A starts on Saturday 11 September in Port Elizabeth with virtualinternational-strength clashes between the Warriors and Wayamba in the earlymatch, and Chennai Super Kings and Central Stags in the late fixture in Durban.Centurion gets its first taste of Airtel CLT20 action the following day with ablockbuster Group B double-header between the Lions and South Australia, andRoyal Challengers Bangalore and the qualified team from the West Indies.Shashank Manohar, Airtel CLT20 Chairman, said: “With 100 international stars qualified to participate through one – or more – of theirTwenty20 teams, fans will be treated to daily battle between the world’s bestcricketers.”  “Fans attending any of the matches throughout the tournament will be entertainedby the highest quality Twenty20 cricket featuring South Africa’s home grown heroesand world cricket’s biggest and brightest stars.” A number of players have qualified to play for two or more teams, including JacquesKallis (Warriors*, Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mark Boucher (Warriors*, RoyalChallengers Bangalore), Makhaya Ntini (Warriors*, Chennai Super Kings), KieronPollard (South Australian Redbacks, Mumbai Indian), Dwayne Bravo (VictorianBushrangers, Mumbai Indian) and Cameron White (Victorian Bushrangers*, RoyalChallengers Bangalore).New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has become the first player in CLT20’s short history toqualify for three teams, with his home province, Central Stags, and ‘away’ teamsVictorian Bushrangers and Royal Challengers Bangalore qualifying for the event.If Trinidad & Tobago emerge as Champions of the West Indies Cricket Board’sdomestic Twenty20 competition, Pollard and Bravo will also join Taylor with threeoptions for the tournament.    As was the case in 2009, if a player is selected to play for an ‘away’ team rather thanhis ‘home’ team (the team from the country he is eligible to represent ininternational cricket), the ‘away’ team must pay US$200,000 compensation to the ‘home’ team. ‘Away’ teams are not eligible for compensation if a player chooses to play for his ‘home’ team.Note: * designates ‘home’ team Key features of the Airtel CLT20 Format and Match Schedule ã   10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5 ã   Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals ã   23 Matches in total (same as 2009) ã   Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Warriors, Victorian Bushrangers, WayambaElevens, Central Stags ã   Group B – Mumbai Indians, Highveld Lions, South Australian Redbacks, RoyalChallengers Bangalore, West Indies Domestic T20 Champions (TBC) ã   5 Double Headers ã   Matches evenly distributed across four venues ã   Semi Finals in Durban and Centurion ã   Final in Johannesburg 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Competing Teams ã   Chennai Super Kings (DLF Indian Premier League – India) ã   Mumbai Indians (DLF Indian Premier League – India) ã   Royal Challengers Bangalore (DLF Indian Premier League – India) ã   Victorian Bushrangers (KFC Twenty20 Big Bash – Australia) ã   South Australian Redbacks (KFC Twenty20 Big Bash – Australia) ã   Warriors (Standard Bank Pro 20 Series – South Africa) ã   Highveld Lions (Standard Bank Pro 20 Series – South Africa) ã   Central Stags (HRV Cup Twenty20 – New Zealand) ã   Wayamba Elevens (Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Cup – Sri Lanka) ã   TBC (West Indies Domestic Twenty20 Champions) The 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Match Schedule follows:For further information contact:Matthew Slade    Airtel Champions League Twenty20matthew.slade@cricket.com.au Tel: +61409916474
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