The schedule and groupings for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 season were finalised in Delhi on October 23. The evening also saw the inaugural Twenty20 Champions Awards being presented to the best performers from the domestic leagues of the constituent countries of Champions League Twenty20. The event was broadcast live on Star Cricket.
ESPN-STAR Sports announced at the event that music legend AR Rahman would be composing the official anthem for Champions League Twenty20.
Also present at the event were Sharad Pawar, President-elect, ICC; Lalit Modi, Chairman, Champions League Twenty20; IS Bindra, Principal Advisor to the ICC and President, PCA; Manu Sawhney, Managing Director, ESPN-STAR Sports; and cricket stars from the past and present Indian and Australian teams, among others.
Kiwi wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, Australian southpaw Shaun Marsh, English batsman Graham Napier, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, ace speedster Sohail Tanvir, South Africans Yusuf Abdullah and Charl Langeveldt, Knight Riders’ all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Middlesex big hitter Tyron Henderson were felicitated for their electrifying performances in domestic Twenty20 competitions leading into the Champions League T20 event.
The inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will offer teams $6 million as prize money. The prize will be shared between the teams and their players. The Governing Council of the event, together with its founding cricket boards, believes that the significant prize money to be shared by teams and players will ensure that the benefits of the event will foster cricket’s development.