It’s that time of the year again when we all, rather than supporting our country, would be supporting our favourite franchises as the Champions League T20 is going to kick start this Saturday. The qualifying round will take place first with 4 teams going head-to-head against one another in that for making the main draw. Lahore Lions (Pakistan), Northern Districts (New Zealand), Southern Express (Sri Lanka) and Mumbai Indians (India) are those 4 teams who will be there tussling in the qualifiers from 13th to 17th of September. The International Cricket Stadium in Raipur, Chattisgarh will host all the qualifiers.
In multi team tournaments, the no. of points matter a lot because on the basis of that only, the teams move forward and Champions League T20 is no different. The teams which finish first and second in the CLT20 points table in the qualifying round will qualify for the main draw. They will join 8 other teams which have directly qualified to the main draw because of their better performances in their respective domestic T20 competitions.
The teams which finish at the last two positions in the Champions League Points Table in the qualifying round will be knocked out and go back home . For each win, the teams will be given 4 points, while, in case of loss, there will be no points awarded. If the match gets abandoned due to rain or any other reason, both the teams participating will be given 2 points each.
There might be a scenario where the points of 3 teams in the qualifying round are same. If that happens, the last column in the Champions League t20 points table i.e. the net run rate column will determine which 2 teams go through. The teams having higher NRR will enter the main round and will compete with the teams in their group thereafter for a semi final spot.
In the main draw also, the criteria for awarding points will be the same i.e. 4 points for win, zero for defeat and 2 for no result. In the main draw, there will be separate Champions League team standing for the two groups. The two top sides from each group will be in the semi final and the winners of the two semis will play against each other in the final.