Kolkata Knight Riders are set to clash with Delhi Daredevils on the opening night of the fourth edition of the Champions League T20 tournament scheduled to begin at Centurion, South Africa, on October 13, 2012. The match will be the second of a double-header, with the opener due to be played at the same venue between South Africa’s Titans and Australia’s Perth Scorchers.
The competition will end on October 28, with the final due to be played at the Wanderers, in Johannesburg. The tournament will feature 14 teams and 29 games played at four different venues, with the other two being Cape Town and Durban.
Eight teams have automatically qualified to feature in the Group Stage of the competition. Two others will be added on the basis of a Qualifying Stage to be held from October 9 to 12. The qualifying tournament will feature six teams divided into two pools. The teams topping the pools will join the Group Stage of the main tournament. Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions and New Zealand’s Auckland Aces will join join the winners of ECB’s domestic T20 competition, in pool one. Pool two will feature the runners up of ECB’s domestic competition along with the winners of Sri Lanka’s domestic tournament and Trinidad and Tobago.
The qualifying team from pool one will join KKR, DD, Titans and Perth Scorchers, in Group A of the main tournament. Group B will feature winners of pool two along side India’s Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, South Africa’s Highveld Lions and Australia’s Sydney Sixers.
This is the second time the tournament will be held in South Africa which hosted it the first time, in 2010. The last edition, hosted in India, in 2011, was won by Mumbai Indians, led by Harbhajan Singh.
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