Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will host the opening match of CLT20 2014 © Getty Images
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will host the opening match of CLT20 2014 © Getty Images

 

Aug 3, 2014

 

Reigning Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will play Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the inaugural match of this year’s Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on September 17. The sixth edition of the CLT20 tournament will be held in four Indian cities — Hyderabad, Mohali, Bangalore and Raipur — from September 13 to October four. According to statement from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) — the orgainsers of CLT20 — the tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the competition.

 

The Qualifier will start from September 13 with the main tournament, comprising 10 teams, scheduled to begin on September 17 in Hyderabad. Apart from KKR and CSK, Group A will comprise Dolphins (winners of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (Big Bash League winners), and a team from the Qualifier. Group B will feature Hobart Hurricanes (Big Bash League runners-up), the winner of the domestic T20 competition in the West Indies, Kings XI Punjab (runners-up in 2014 IPL), Cape Cobras (runners-up in South Africa’s domestic T20 competition ), and a team from the Qualifier.

 

Each side will play the other four in its group once, with the top two sides from each group going through to the semi-finals. “The Group stage matches will be played at Mohali, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Raipur. The Qualifier will be played at Raipur. The CLT20 Governing Council has confirmed the teams that will compete for a total prize money of USD 6 million,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. The Qualifier, to be played from September 13 to 16, will feature four teams: Mumbai Indians (fourth-ranked team in IPL 2014), Northern Knights (winners of New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition), Southern Express (winners of Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 tournament) and Lahore Lions (Pakistan’s domestic T20 competition champions).

 

In the Qualifier, all teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage. The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals, both of which will be played at Hyderabad on October 2. Bangalore will host the final on October four.

 

Group A Group B
Kolkata Knight Riders (India) Kings XI Punjab (India)
Dolphins (South Africa) Barbados Tridents (West Indies)
Perth Scorchers (Australia) Hobart Hurricanes (Australia)
Chennai Super Kings (India) Cape Cobras (South Africa)
Lahore Lions Northern Districts

 

Teams for Qualifying Stage
Qualifier 1 Lahore Lions (Pakistan)
Qualifier 2 Mumbai Indians (India)
Qualifier 3 Northern Knights (New Zealand)
Qualifier 4 Southern Express (Sri Lanka)

 

Few Pointers related to the Qualifiers for the Group Stages:

1. Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 3 will enter Group A on qualifying for the Group Stage. While Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 4 will enter Group B on qualifying for the Group Stage.

2. In case both Q1 and Q3 qualify for Group Stage then Qualifier 1 will enter Group A and Qualifier 3 will enter Group B. And if both the Q3 2 and Q4 reach Group stage then Qualifier 2 will enter Group B and Qualifier 4 will enter.

 

Complete Match Schedule and Timetable of Champions League T20 2014: 

Match Date Team Time Venue
Schedule of Qualifying Stage Matches
1 Sep-13 Northern Knights vs Southern Express 4:00 PM Raipur
2 Sep-13 Mumbai Indians vs Lahore Lions 8:00 PM Raipur
3 Sep-14 Northern Knights vs Lahore Lions 4:00 PM Raipur
4 Sep-14 Mumbai Indians vs Southern Express 8:00 PM Raipur
5 Sep-16 Southern Express vs Lahore Lions 4:00 PM Raipur
6 Sep-16 Mumbai Indians vs Northern Knights 8:00 PM Raipur
Schedule of Group Stage Matches
Match Group
1 A Sep-17 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings 8:00 PM Hyderabad
2 B Sep-18 Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes 8:00 PM Mohali
3 B Sep-19 Cape Cobras vs Northern Districts 8:00 PM Raipur
4 A Sep-20 Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers 4:00 PM Mohali
5 B Sep-20 Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados 8:00 PM Mohali
6 B Sep-21 Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes 4:00 PM Hyderabad
7 A Sep-21 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lahore Lions 8:00 PM Hyderabad
8 A Sep-22 Dolphins vs Chennai Super Kings 8:00 PM Bengaluru
9 B Sep-23 Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Districts 8:00 PM Raipur
10 A Sep-24 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Perth Scorchers 8:00 PM Hyderabad
11 A Sep-25 Chennai Super Kings vs Lahore Lions 8:00 PM Bengaluru
12 B Sep-26 Cape Cobras vs Barbados Tridents 4:00 PM Mohali
13 B Sep-26 Kings XI Punjab vs Northern Districts 8:00 PM Mohali
14 A Sep-27 Dolphins vs Lahore Lions 4:00 PM Bengaluru
15 A Sep-27 Perth Scorchers vs Chennai Super Kings 8:00 PM Bengaluru
16 B Sep-28 Hobart Hurricanes vs Barbados Tridents 4:00 PM Mohali
17 B Sep-28 Kings XI Punjab vs Cape Cobras 8:00 PM Mohali
18 A Sep-29 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Dolphins 8:00 PM Hyderabad
19 A Sep-30 Perth Scorchers vs Lahore Lions 4:00 PM Bengaluru
20 B Sep-30 Northern Districts vs Barbados Tridents 8:00 PM Bengaluru
Schedule of Knockout Stage Matches
Semi-final 1 Oct-02 A1 vs B2 4:00 PM Hyderabad
Semi-final 2 Oct-02 B1 vs A2 8:00 PM Hyderabad
Final Oct-04 TBD vs TBD 8:00 PM Begaluru