2014 Champions League Twenty20
ESPN3 welcomes the return of Champions League Twenty20 cricket with exclusive live coverage in the U.S., which officially begins with qualifiers tomorrow, September 13.  Once again, the multi-screen sports network will make the premier tournament available to 95 million households nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their video or internet subscription from an affiliated provider.  All the action from the pitch live from India is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

“Fans have come to know ESPN3 as the leading destination for cricket in the U.S., and the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 tournament features the best clubs from across the globe,” said Jason Bernstein, senior director of programming and acquisitions, ESPN.  “We look forward to continue serving these passionate fans and attracting new ones nationwide.”

Champions League Twenty20 features the world’s top national cricket clubs.  The Qualifying Stage will pit two-time winners and current CLT20 title-holders, Mumbai Indians, against the domestic T20 champs from New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Northern District Knights, Lahore Lions (both first-timers) and Southern Express, respectively. The champions, who finished fourth in the most recent edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), boast West Indian superstars, Kieron Pollard as captain, as well as hard-hitting opener Lendl Simmons in the quest to defend their crown with the top two qualifiers advancing to the Group Stage.

The second-placed qualifier will join Group B consisting of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) winners, Barbados Tridents, the CPL’s first-ever entrant into the competition. They will be led by Trinidad and Tobago’s Rayad Emrit after their skipper, Pollard, opted to play for his aforementioned IPL franchise. West Indian international pace duo of Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder will also be leading their attack as both teams engage the three domestic runners-up in King’s XI Punjab (IPL), debutants Hobart Hurricanes (Australia) and Cape Cobras (South Africa).

The winning qualifier will enter Group A, which includes the 2014 IPL champs, Kolkata Knight Riders, who will have West Indies talismans, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, in their ranks. They will be alongside Australian and South African domestic T20 champs in Perth Scorchers and Sunfoil Dolphins respectively. Chennai Super Kings, third-place finishers in the 2014 IPL, round out the Group with Windies powerhouses such as Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and another player who opted against representing the Tridents, Dwayne Smith, included in their squad. The top two from each Group will proceed to the Semi-Finals on October 2 en route to the Finals on October 4.

The complete Champions League Twenty20 Championship schedule on ESPN3:

Date Time (ET) Match
Sat, Sep 13 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Northern District Knights vs. Southern Express
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Mumbai Indians vs. Lahore Lions
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Sun, Sep 14 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Northern Districts vs. Lahore Lions
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Mumbai Indians vs. Southern Express
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Tue, Sep 16 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Southern Express vs. Lahore Lions
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipu
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Qualifier: Mumbai Indians vs. Northern Districts
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Wed, Sep 17 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Chennai Super Kings
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Thu, Sep 18 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Kings XI Punjab vs. Hobart Hurricanes
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Fri, Sep 19 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Cape Cobras vs. TBC
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipu
Sat, Sep 20 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Dolphins vs. Perth Scorchers
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Barbados Tridents vs. Kings XI Punjab
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Sun, Sep 21 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Cape Cobras vs. Hobart Hurricanes
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. TBC
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Mon, Sep 22 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Dolphins vs. Chennai Super Kings
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Tue, Sep 23 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Hobart Hurricanes vs. TBC
    Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
Wed, Sep 24 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Perth Scorchers
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Thu, Sep 25 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Chennai Super Kings vs. TBC
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Fri, Sep 26 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Barbados Tridents vs. Cape Cobras
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Kings XI Punjab vs. TBC
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Sat, Sep 27 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Dolphins vs. TBC
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Perth Scorchers vs. Chennai Super Kings
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Sun, Sep 28 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Barbados Tridents vs. Hobart Hurricanes
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Kings XI Punjab vs. Cape Cobras
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Mon, Sep 29 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Dolphins
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Tue, Sep 30 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Group A: Perth Scorchers vs. TBC
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Group B: Barbados Tridents vs. TBC
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Thu, Oct 2 6:20 a.m. CLT20 Semifinal 1: TBC vs. TBC
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
  10:20 a.m. CLT20 Semifinal 2: TBC vs. TBC
    Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Sat, Oct 4 10:20 a.m. CLT20 Final: TBC vs. TBC
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

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