Bangalore, Sep 14: Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and six others have chosen Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees over their home teams to play in next month's Champions League Twenty20 2012 in South Africa.
On Friday, all 14 squads for the tournament were confirmed. Narine will play for Kolkata Knight Riders though his home side Trinidad and Tobago have also qualified.
Morkel brothers, Albie and Morne too chose IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
The other players to pick IPL over home teams, are Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings), Brett Lee (Kolkata Knight Riders), Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai Indians) and Francois du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings).
Team line-ups are again brimming with the world's elite T20 talent as the champion domestic teams from a record eight countries chase the US$2.5m first prize from a total pool (including participation fees) of US$13m.
The Qualifier will start on October 9 before the Group Stage kicks off on October 13. The Final will be played on October 23 in Johannesburg.
N. Srinivasan, Chairman, CLT20 Governing Council, said: "The fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 is only a few weeks away. The squads that will be playing in the tournament speak for themselves. They comprise the finest cricketing talent on this planet.
"We are in for some extraordinary cricket, in what will surely be a thriller of a competition."
Dean Kino, CLT20 Governing Council Member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs, said:
"Last year's tournament showed the fine line between making the finals and early elimination. Given the high stakes and small margin for error in the Qualifier and Group Stage, some of world cricket's biggest names who are eligible for more than one team have been in high demand.
"According to CLT20 rules, if a player qualifies for more than one team, all those qualifying teams can nominate that player. When a player decides to play for an ‘away' team rather than his ‘home' team, the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket, the ‘away' team must pay US$150,000 compensation to the ‘home' team."
The 2012 Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 will feature a record 14 champion teams from India (4), Australia (2), South Africa (2), England (2), New Zealand (1), Sri Lanka (1), West Indies (1) and Pakistan (1) for the first time. Eight teams have automatically qualified for the Group Stage while six teams will compete for the two remaining two places via a Qualifier.
Last year's champions Mumbai Indians and 2010 winners Chennai Super Kings headline the returning teams. Both teams will be playing in their third CLT20 tournament along with Trinidad & Tobago, the 2009 CLT20 Finalist. Of the other teams, Highveld Lions, Auckland Aces, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are making return visits.
Six teams will be making their first appearance in the tournament - England's Hampshire and Yorkshire, South Africa's Titans, Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions and Australia's two new Big Bash League Twenty20 teams, the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers.
CLT20 commercial rights holder ESPN Star Sports and its broadcast partners will again beam the action live around the world as a record number of teams battle to claim the world's most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.
Players who were initially nominated by more than one team but chose IPL
Dwayne Bravo - Trinidad & Tobago* / Chennai Super Kings
Francois du Plessis - Titans* / Chennai Super Kings
Sunil Narine - Trinidad & Tobago* / Kolkata Knight Riders
Mike Hussey - Perth Scorchers* / Chennai \Super Kings
Mitchell Johnson - Perth Scorchers* / Mumbai Indians
Brett Lee - Sydney Sixers* / Kolkata Knight Riders
Albie Morkel - Titans* / Chennai Super Kings
Morne Morkel - Titans* / Delhi Daredevils
Kieron Pollard - Trinidad & Tobago* / Mumbai Indians
Note: *designates ‘home' team