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There was some confusion over Champions League T20 schedule of this year as the Pakistani side Lahore Lions was not sure of getting permission to travel to India for taking part in the tournament. The Lions were one of the 4 sides in the qualifying round and the organizers were waiting to see if their participation was cancelled or not. If it had been cancelled, a bit of shuffling would have been done in the CLT20 schedule. But, thankfully, at the end, the Indian government granted visas to the Lions’ players and everything got sorted out automatically. In Case, the Lahore Lions had not come to India, the remaining 3 teams in the qualifiers would have played two matches and on the basis of the points gained from those two matches, two of them would have qualified for the main draw.
However, now, that the Lahore Lions have arrived, the Champions League T20 2014 schedule remains as decided earlier. There will be three matches played by each team and the two teams having most points at the end of the round will be given entry into the main draw. The team finishing at the top will go into Group A and join the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, the Chennai Super Kings (both India), the Perth Scorchers (Australia) and the Dolphins (South Africa). While, the team finishing at the second position in the qualifying round will go into Group B and join Kings XI Punjab (India), the Barbados Tridents (West Indies), the Hobart Hurricanes (Australia) and the Cape Cobras (South Africa).
The 1st qualifier team which will be in Group A will play its first match in the main draw on 21st of September against the mighty Knight Riders at the Rajeev Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The first main draw match for the 2nd qualifier team which will be in Group B is on 19th of September against the Cape Cobras at the International Cricket Stadium in Raipur. In the past editions of the Champions League, the qualifying teams have done well. So, the teams in the main draw will definitely not take them lightly.
For Points Table, visit Champions League T20 2014 Points Table
Qualifiers: Northern Districts (New Zealand), Southern Express (Sri Lanka), Mumbai Indians (India), Lahore Lions (Pakistan)
Group A: KKR (India), Dophins (South Africa), Perth Scorchers (Australia), CSK (India), Qualifer1
Group B: KXIP (India), Cape Cobras (South Africa), Hobart Hurricanes (Australia), Barbados Tridents (West Indies), Qualifer2