SA hosts Champs League T20
THE chances of a local team winning this year's Champions League T20 have been greatly enhanced following a decision to play the tournament in South Africa later this year.
A member of the tournament's technical committee, Sundar Raman, confirmed yesterday via Twitter that South Africa will host the tournament for the second time in three years in October.
Johannesburg, Centurion, Cape Town and Durban were named as the venues for the fourth edition of the tournament, which was held in India last year.
National T20 champions the Titans and last season's runners-up, the Lions, will represent South Africa in the $6m (R50m) event. The winning team will pocket $2.5m.
In 2010, the last time the Champions League was held in South Africa, the Eastern Cape's Warriors excelled in reaching the final, only to lose to Chennai Super Kings at the Wanderers.
The Titans and Lions will be buoyed by the fact that they will get to contest the tournament in conditions familiar to them.
The decision to move the tournament from India to South Africa was driven by a number of reasons, including the Indian monsoons and a five-day festival in the east of the country.
One confirmed change from last season is the inclusion of Sialkot Stallions, Pakistan's domestic champions, which could go some way towardsrepairing frayed sporting relations between India and its northern neighbour.