Karbonn Smart Champions League schedule revised

Mumbai, Sept.2 (ANI): All qualifier and group stage matches of the Karbonn Smart Champions League that were to be played at Hyderabad, have been shifted to other venues.

The six qualifier games, which were to be played at Hyderabad on 17, 18 and 20 September respectively, will now be played at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.

The three double-headers, scheduled to be played at Hyderabad, have also been shifted.

Mohali will host the double-header on September 24, while the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, will host the double-header on September 28.

The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, will host the double-header on September 30.

Considering these changes, the deadline for the submission of media accreditation applications has been extended to 6 p.m. on September 4.

The Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 will follow a format similar to the two previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the tournament by the best domestic T20 teams from around the world, for total prize money of USD 6 million.

The Qualifier, to be played from September 17 2013 to September 20, will feature four teams: Q1 - Otago Volts (New Zealand=92s HRV Cup champions), Q2 =96 Sunrisers Hyderabad (Fourth-ranked team in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Q3 - Kandurata Maroons, the winner of Sri Lanka=92s domestic T20 competition, and Q4 - Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan=92s domestic T20 Champion=s).

The teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage. Q1 / Q3 will enter Group A, if either of them makes it to the Group Stage. Q2 / Q4 will enter Group B, if either of them makes it. If Q1 and Q3 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q1 will enter Group A, and Q3 will enter Group B. If Q2 and Q4 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q2 will enter Group B, and Q4 will enter Group A.

The Group Stage will commence with a clash between Mumbai Indians, the Pepsi IPL 2013 winners, and the Rajasthan Royals, the third-ranked team in the Pepsi IPL 2013, at Jaipur, on Saturday, 21 September 2013.

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals apart, Group A will comprise Highveld Lions (winner of South Africa's domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (KFC T20 Big Bash League runner-up), and a team from the Qualifier.

Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat (KFC T20 Big Bash League champion), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies T20 champion), Chennai Super Kings (runner-up in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Titans (South Africa=92s domestic T20 runners-up), and a team from the Qualifier.

The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B in the first semi-final, at Jaipur on 4 October 2013. The top team from Group B will play the second-ranked team from Group A in the second semi-final, at Delhi on 5 October 2013. The winners of the semis will play in the CLT20

2013 Final on 6 October 2013. (ANI)

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