October 13, 2012 by Tejmgas
Today marks the official start of the champions league for people who aren’t into football, the Champions League T20.
The past few days saw the qualifying stages for this tournament take place with the Auckland Aces and Yorkshire Carnegie joining a stellar cast containing IPL champions Kolkata Night Riders and Big Bash winners the Sydney Sixers among others. Which such a depth of talent in each time this year’s competition will be very close. Once again, here are my picks for the tournament:
Biggest Disappointment: Perth Scorchers
The runners up in the Big Bash competition are a good side but have a number of weaknesses that will cost them dear. Firstly, they have one of the weakest bowling attacks in the whole tournament, especially in the pace department. They have good spin options in the form of Brad Hogg and Marcus North but in this format a quality pace attack is essential. Another problem is that while their batting lineup is deep, it is filled with veterans past their prime. Players like Simon Katich were very good a few years ago but are not as good as they used to me. There is a lack of young talent in the batting lineup.
Dark Horse: Delhi Daredevils
The Daredevils were unlucky not to win last year’s IPL as for the majority of the competition they were the best team (they finished top of the table). I don’t think we will see another collapse. The Daredevils have one of the best (if not the best) batting lineup in the tournament any many of there bowlers have matured over the past year. They could be the surprise winners.
Eventual Winners: Nashua Titans
The Titans won the MiWay T20 Challenge for the third time this year and I am backing them to go all the way in the Champions League this year. They have depth in every department, a strong batting lineup, good fielders and an especially strong bowling attack. With the likes of AB de Villiers and highest T20 wicket taker Alfonso Thomas in the squad, you would be brave to bet against them.
Let the tournament begin