Cobras face Challengers in T20

NEW DELHI - Royal Challengers from India will meet South Africa's Cape Cobras in the first match of the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, organisers said yesterday.

NEW DELHI - Royal Challengers from India will meet South Africa's Cape Cobras in the first match of the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, organisers said yesterday.

The $6million (R47million) event, featuring 12 domestic Twenty20 teams from seven Test-playing nations, will be held in the Indian cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi from October 8 to 23.

Bangalore will host the opening match and a semifinal, New Delhi will host the second semifinal, and the final will be played in Hyderabad on October 23, the organisers said.

India will field three teams, Australia, South Africa and England two each, and New Zealand, the West Indies and Sri Lanka will send one team each to determine the champion club in cricket's shortest format. The tournament is being organised jointly by the Indian, Australian and South African cricket boards to cash in on the growing popularity of the Twenty20 game.

India will be represented by the Royal Challengers, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils, the top three teams of the Indian Premier League that was held in South Africa in April and May. The other teams confirmed are Victoria and New South Wales (Australia), Cape Cobras and Diamond Eagles (South Africa), Otago Volts (New Zealand), Trinidad (West Indies) and Wayamba (Sri Lanka).

The two teams from England will be finalised after the country's domestic Twenty20 Cup ends in mid-August, the organisers said. - AFP

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