Top recruits stay loyal to IPL teams

The eight players who were initially chosen to represent more than one team in the tournament include Brett Lee (New South Wales/Kolkata Knight Riders), Jacques Kallis (Warriors/KKR), Kieron Pollard (Trinidad & Tobago/Mumbai Indians), Brad Haddin (NSW/KKR), Dwayne Bravo (T&T/Chennai Super Kings) Doug Bollinger (NSW/ CSK), Davy Jacobs (Warriors/MI) and Aiden Blizzard (South Australia/MI).

Explaining the process for deciding which teams the eight players would represent, CLT20 Governing Council member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Dean Kino, said, “Players nominated by more than one team in the final squads were given 48 hours to advise us which team they would play for. Teams were then permitted to replace any player that withdrew from their squad and elected to play for another side.’’

“All eight players selected by multiple teams have elected to play for their ‘away’ team,” Kino said. “Eleven of the 13 teams that will compete in the tournament have now named their final 15-player squads. Only the England teams are still to be confirmed and they will be decided on August 27, where the winners of the Leicestershire-Lancashire and Hampshire-Somerset semifinals of England’s domestic T20 competition will reach the CLT20 qualifier,” he added.

This edition of the tournament will also witness a qualifying event in Hyderabad from September 19-21 followed by the main event from September 23-October 9. Six teams — Kolkata Knight Riders, Trinidad &Tobago, Auckland Aces, Ruhunu and two teams from England will fight it out in the qualifiers from which three will progress to the main event which will begin at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore with the match between 2011 IPL runners-up Royal Challangers Bangalore and South African side Warriors.

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