The Champions League Twenty20 will only feature ten teams in the 2010 edition in South Africa.
With the England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB ) refusing to accommodate the dates for the domestic fixtures for the England county cricket teams, there will be ten against the twelve teans that participated in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 edition that was won by the New South Wales Blues who have not qualified this year. In fact, only Wayamba Elevens, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Victoria Bushrangers feature from the last edition.
N. Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, spoke about the teams that would comprise 2010 CL T20, “The fact that only a third of last year’s field have re-qualified to play for the US$2.5-million first prize demonstrates the evenness of Twenty20 competitions around the world and the desperation of teams to compete at the world’s most prestigious domestic event. There is no doubt that the Champions League Twenty20 has improved the quality of domestic Twenty20 cricket around the world and motivated teams in all countries to strive for a coveted place at the tournament.”
2010 Champions League Twenty20 teams:
Chennai Super Kings (India),
Mumbai Indians (India),
Royal Challengers Bangalore (India),
Victorian Bushrangers (Australia),
South Australian Redbacks (Australia),
Warriors (South Africa),
Highveld Lions (South Africa),
Central Stags (New Zealand),
Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka),
Yet to be declared (West Indies)