New Delhi: The star studded Champions League T20 (CLT20) is less than a month away and all the 12 teams participating have officially announced their 15-man squad for the tournament beginning on September 13th and ending on October 4th.
The likes of Kieron Pollard, David Miller and Jacques Kallis, who had an option of choosing between their IPL team and their home team, have opted to play for their IPL franchise, thereby continuing the trend of previous seasons.
Eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high demand after being named in more than one squad, after their respective Twenty20 clubs from around the world qualified for the tournament.
CLT20 regulations state that when a player elects to play for their 'away' team, that team must pay the 'home' team $150,000 compensation per player. A 'home' team is classified as a team from the country a player is eligible to represent in international cricket.
The four IPL franchisees in CLT20 are Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians meanwhile, will have to get past the qualifying stage of the tournament from 13th. The main stage will commence on 17th September with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Let's take a look on 8 cricketers who opted for their IPL teams: