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Sehwag to lead Daredevils in Champions League

Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 12:11 [IST]
 
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Viru to lead Delhi daredevils in CL

Mumbai: Virender Sehwag is absolutely fit now and is all set to return to cricket. The organisers of the Champions League have announced that Sehwag will lead Delhi Daredevils in next month's Twenty20 event.

Delhi marauder sustained the injury during the semi-finals of the IPL, where he was captaining Delhi Daredevils against the eventual champions Deccan Chargers.

Champions League is scheduled to held from October 8 to 23 at Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Announcing the final 15-player squads of 12 participating teams, Champions League chairman Lalit Modi said it would be a conglomeration of international stars.

"Never before has a domestic cricket tournament featured as many cricket superstars as the inaugural Champions League Twenty20," Modi said.

"As expected, almost all eligible international stars have confirmed their attendance at domestic cricket's showpiece event," he added.

Refusing to put his finger on any team that seems favourite to win the title, Modi said, "Picking a winner of the tournament is impossible. While some of the squads consist almost entirely of international players, there is enough high-class talent in all teams to ensure that no team enters the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 as overwhelming favourites."

Dean Kino, a Governing Council Member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, said it would be a batttle among the best.

"When the Champions League Twenty20 concept was first devised by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, we set out to create a tournament that reflected cricket's global appeal and would be a true test between the best of best.

"The quality of players who will line up for their respective teams, coupled with the billions of people who will follow the tournament through host broadcaster ESPN Star Sports, will do this vision justice," he said.

The tournament will see a number of players, including AB de Villiers, Paul Collingwood, Dirk Nannes and Daniel Vettori represent their 'away' teams, highlighting the global nature of domestic Twenty20 cricket," he added.

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