The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have ignored Pakistan cricketers in the IPL, in the aftermath of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Being the largest stakeholders in the Champions League T20 (CL T20), the Indian cricket board haven’t had a problem in allowing teams from Pakistan to participate in the global event in recent times.
According to latest news Pakistan will send their domestic Twenty20 champions Lahore Lions to play in the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in India in September, an official said on Wednesday (July 16).They will be sole representatives from Pakistan. The format of the competition is such that only the winner of the domestic T20 competition in Pakistan is granted an invitation to the short two-week T20 tournament.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman told AFP,”We have received an invitation to send our Twenty20 champion team so Lahore Lions will be participating in the event in September,”.
Mohammad Hafeez, the former Pakistan Twenty20 International captain, is the leader of the lions.with him they are very confident and hoping to reach further in the competition than other teams from Pakistan have managed in the past. Lions also defeated Faisalabad Wolves, led by Misbah-ul-Haq in the final of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup held in February.
Sialkot Stallions, champions of Pakistan’s domestic T20 in 2012, were the 1st Pakistani representatives in the CL T20 during the year 2012. They had a place in the qualifying group and had to win their group to proceed further in the competition. Despite possessing distinguished cricketers like Shoaib Malik and Imran Nazir, they were unable to do so and went home without the tournament proper even starting.Faisalabad Wolves,led by Misbah-ul-Haq took part last year, and suffered a similar fate to their predecessors as they cast out of the tournament during the qualifying stage.
But this year Lahore Lions is hoping to overcome the past defeats and hoping to win this champions league. With the four playoff teams of IPL,The Twenty20 champions of Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will also take part in the event.Kolkata Knight Riders, champions of the 2014 Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, CLT20 defending champions, are the four teams from India in the fray for the top prize in the two-week long event.