Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Cricket Champions League - Teams & Players

Before you continue, I suggest you first read the crash course below.

Warriors Get a Name

The first sponsorship deal for a team for the Champions League was sealed recently when it was announced that the Western Australia team, the Warriors, would be sponsored by the Rambal family.

The Rambal family, a business family group in Western Australia, have been major sponsors of the WACA for over a year now and have bagged the naming-rights for the Warriors team.

As a result the Warriors side taking the field in the Champions League will be called the Rambal Warriors.

The Logo in the post below is now replaced with this one.

The Stallions lose Players

Despite winning the domestic 20-20 competition this season for the third time in a row, the Stallions have been massively weakened due to a number of their key players joining the 'rebel' ICL.

Imran Nazir, who captained the Stallions to their previous 2 titles, is their biggest loss, while Naved Ul Hasan, Hafiz Khalid, Shehzad Malik, and Mohammad Asif are other key players missing from their line up due to the ICL and other reasons.

Loyalty Program

Micheal Hussey, Albie Morkel, and Morne Morkel will have to undergo some sort of loyalty programming if they are not allowed to play for their preferred teams in the Champions League.

Hussey would rather play for the Warriors while the Morkel brothers would prefer to play for the Titans, however certain contractual obligations may force them to play for their IPL teams.

The respective coaches, Tom Moody and Richard Pybus were hopeful that the players would be allowed to play for their states.

Hussey's inclusion in the Warriors team would give them a batting order comprising of Marsh, Ronchi, Pomersbach, Hussey, North, and Voges - Thats some line up!

The Rangers or the Royalty?

Shane Warne led the Rajasthan Royals to a dream win in the inaugral IPL earlier this year. He will be captaining them in the Champions League as well.

Warne could come up against his former team, Victoria, whom he captained in the Australian domestic season years ago.

Victoria is Warne's home team and he has long been associated with them. How would he feel playing against them?

Would be a great watch!

Stay tuned for more Champions League updated leading up to the tournament.

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4 Pitched:

  1. Anonymous said...

    Q What if a player gets injured?
    How can you replace him.

  2. Q said...

    Im not sure I understand what you are asking Wasim - If who gets injured?

    I believe all teams will announce a squad of 15 players and in case of injury they would be able to replace them the way its done in other international / ICC fixtures.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Q I am of the understanding that the all the teams will announce the same 15 players which played in the respective finals of their tournaments, so my question was what if the main strike bowler of Sialkot Stallions gets injured in such an event from which pool of players are they allowed to announce the replacement.

  4. Q said...

    I don't think that is the case Wasim.

    I believe the teams can select squads different from those that appeared in the domestic competitions as long as the players belong to the region from where the team is.

    For example if Asif's dope issue or Imran Nazir's ICL issue is resolved then there's no reason why they can't be in the Sialkot squad, however Sialkot can't include someone like Misbah or Afridi..

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