Indian Premier League 3 runners-up Mumbai Indians, led by batting great Sachin Tendulkar, will face South Africa’s Highveld Lions in the opening match of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on September 10.
Mumbai Indians and IPL’s third-placed outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore have been placed in Group B along with Highveld Lions, South Australia Redbacks, and West Indies’ representative to be determined in late-July.
IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are in Group A alongside the Twenty20 champions from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, the organisers announced today.
The final would be held at the Wanderers on September 26 while Durban and Centurion have been awarded the semi-finals on September 24 and 25 respectively.
The 10 competing teams have been divided into two groups of five for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.
Matches have been evenly distributed across the four venues with each hosting at least five fixtures, including the final, the organisers said.
All 23 matches in the tournament would be broadcast in prime time in India starting at 5pm or 9pm IST, as per the schedule.
Group A Chennai Super Kings, Warriors, Victorian Bushrangers, Wayamba Elevens, Central Stags.
Group B Mumbai Indians, Highveld Lions, South Australian Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore, West Indies Domestic T20 Champions (To be confirmed)
The complete schedule (all times IST):
Sep 10: Mumbai Indians vs Highveld Lions, Johannesburg 9 pm.
Sep 11: Warriors vs Wayamba Elevens, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Central Stags, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 12: Highveld Lions vs South Australian Redbacks, Centurion 5 pm; Royal Challengers Bangalore vs WI team, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 13: Warriors vs Victorian Bushrangers, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 14: Mumbai Indians vs South Australian Redbacks, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 15: Victorian Bushrangers vs Central Stags, Centurion 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Wayamba Elevens, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 16: Mumbai Indians vs WI team, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 17: South Australian Redbacks vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 18: Warriors vs Central Stags, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Victorian Bushrangers, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 19: Highveld Lions vs WI team, Johannesburg 5 pm; Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 20: Victorian Bushrangers vs Wayamba Elevens, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 21: South Australian Redbacks vs WI team, Johannesburg 5 pm; Highveld Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Johannesburg 9 pm.
Sep 22: Wayamba Elevens vs Central Stags, Port Elizabeth 5 pm; Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors, Port Elizabeth 9 pm.
Sep 23: Rest day
Sep 24: Semi-final 1, 1st Group A vs 2nd Group B, Durban 9 pm.
Sep 25: Semi-final 2, 1st Group B vs 2nd Group A, Centurion 9 pm.
Sep 26: Final, Johannesburg 9 pm.