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CLT20: Preview: Uva Next, Sialkot start favourites

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Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 17:25 [IST]
 
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Preview: Uva Next, Sialkot favourites

Johannesburg, Oct 9: The most sensational Champions League T20 is starting today as the tournament's qualifying round kicks off at Johannesburg as Uva Next and Yorkshire face off in the first match while Auckland Aces and Sialkot Stallions meet in the second match at the same venue.

Uva Next Vs Yorkshire

Sri Lanka Premier League winners Uva Next take on England's runners-up Yorkshire in the first qualifier, as the Sri Lankan team start favourites.

West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul, New Zealand's Jacob Oram, Sri Lanka's Dilshan Munaweera, Pakistan's Umar Gul are the main players for Uva Next

While Yorkshire has pinned hopes on David Miller, Ryan Sidebottom as their main batsman, Johny Bairstow was ruled out of the tournament ahead of the qualifying round as Ed Wilson has been named as his replacement.

The teams playing for the first time in CLT20, will be an entertainer as the two teams are keen on winning and qualifying for the main draw.

Sialkot Stallions Vs Auckland Aces

The winners of New Zealand's domestic T20 tournament Auckland Aces are facing Sialkot Stallions, the winners of Pakistan's domestic T20 league in the second qualifier on Tuesday.

While both the matches are scheduled to be held at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, the second match would be a prominent one as Sialkot Stallions are playing in CLT20 for the first time.

Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik, Raza Hasan, Rana Naved are the prominent names that suggest that Sialkot Stallions are definitely a side to watch out for, while Auckland Aces are also quite balanced with the likes of Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent and Azhar Mahmood in the team.

It will be an interesting match as all the four teams are playing against each other for the first time in the tournament.

Squads:

Uva Next Vs Yorkshire, Tuesday at 5 PM IST

Uva Next: Fawwad Alam, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dilhara Fernando, Umar Gul, Charith Jayampathi, Chintaka Jayasinghe, Thilina Kandamby (captain), Andrew McDonald, Dilshan Munaweera, Jacob Oram, Seekuge Prasanna, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Sachitra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Sameera Zoysa

Yorkshire: Moin Ashraf, Ed Wilson, Gary balance, Andrew Gale, Oliver Hannon-Daly, Dan Hodgson, Phil Jaques, Adam Lyth, David Miller, Steve Patterson, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ryan Sidebottom, Iain Wardlaw

Auckland Aces Vs Sialkot Stallions , Tuesday at 9 PM IST

Auckland Aces: Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Gareth Hopkins (captain), Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell McClenaghan, Azhar Mahmood, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Lou Vincent

Sialkot Stallions: Qaisar Abbas, Sarfraz Ahmad, Shakeel Ansar, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Ayub, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza Hasan, Ali Khan, Shoaib Malik (captain), Imran Nazir, Faisal Naveed, Rana Naveed, Abdur Rehman, Haris Sohail, Shahid Yousaf

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