Hyderabad, Sep 18: Some of the world''s best Twenty20 players would be seen in action at the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament which gets underway with the qualifying round here on Monday, 19 Sep.
Sri Lanka''s Ruhunu Eleven, Trinidad and Tobago from the Caribbean, Kiwi side Auckland Aces, India''s Kolkata Knight Riders and England''s Leicestershire and Somerset would fight it out in the CLT20 qualifiers for three spots in the main tournament which begins in Bangalore on September 23.
In the first match of the qualifiers Ruhunu Eleven will take on Trinidad and Tobago, while the second game will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Auckland Aces at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Ruhunu is banking heavily on its powerful batting department led by hard-hitting Sanath Jayasuriya to book its place in the main draw of the high-profile tournament, which will be played across three Indian cities -- Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.
"Our strong point is batting. We are lucky to have Jayasuriya in our side. He is such a great player and has so much experience. He will surely provide us with some ideas," Ruhunu skipper Mahela Udawatta said ahead of his team''s opening match.
But what remains a concern for the Sri Lankan side is its bowling department and coach Sumithra Warnakulasuriya candidly admitted the fact.
Ruhunu''s task is easier said than done as in Trinidad and Tobago they face a highly-motivated side which reached the semi-finals in tournament in 2009.
Though they have lost big-hitting Kieron Pollard to Mumbai Indians, the Caribbean side is determined to move on.