IT IS all systems go for the start of the fourth edition of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 which gets under way with the Qualifier in less than a week’s time.
“The Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 is a unique competition that showcases the domestic champions from around the world. We will be privileged to see superstars from all corners of the globe such as Sachin Tendulkar (India), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Shane Watson (Australia), who has been the standout performer at the current ICC World Twenty20, Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) and Kevin Pietersen (England),” said Cricket SA Acting CEO, Jacques Faul.
“We had a very successful meeting of the various operational teams, including those at the four individual venues, last week and from that perspective everything is in place for a very successful tournament. We are fortunate to have at our disposal some of the game’s most experienced administrators from India, Australia and South Africa,” added Faul.
The next step is the arrival of the various playing squads with the six teams from England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies arriving this coming weekend ahead of their qualifying competition which starts next Tuesday. The competition is going to be intense with only two teams qualifying for the tournament proper.
The other squads from the Indian Premier League, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, who are already through to the tournament proper, will assemble at the tournament headquarters in Johannesburg by the middle of next week.
“It is not only those stars who will thrill the fans both at the grounds and on ESPN Star Sports and its broadcasters around the globe, but also the emergence of a new era of stars who have yet to cut their teeth on the international stage,” commented Tournament Director, Naasei Appiah.
“It is this quality of showcasing the best domestic T20 teams from around the world that makes the Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 such a special tournament.”
Tickets for the tournament went on sale last month. Fans can purchase their tickets via www.clt20.com or www.ticketpros.co.za
Ticket prices range from R30-R110 and fans are guaranteed excellent entertainment with local artists and DJ’s in attendance at all four venues around the country.
Fans should also look out for news in their local media about a surprise event that will precede the start of the CLT20 next week.
Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 Broadcasters
- India – Star Cricket
- Australia – Fox Sports
- Sub Saharan and South Africa –Supersport
- New Zealand – SKY TV
- Pakistan – Ten Sports
- Middle East and North Africa – Cric One
- Europe and UK – Eurosport
- USA – ESPN3
- Caribbean – ESPN
- Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives – Star Cricket
- Papua New Guinea – Hitron
- Hong Kong – PCCW
- Singapore – Singtel
- China & Macau – Star Sports