Sialkot Stallions get place in T20 Champions League

Karachi: The Champions League T20 governing council has approved the inclusion of the Sialkot Stallions in this year’s tournament to be held in October. Sialkot will be the first domestic team from Pakistan to take part in the event.

Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20’s technical committee, announced the decision on Twitter.

“CLT to invite Sialkot stallions for this year’s edition,” Raman tweeted.

The participation of a Pakistani twenty20 team in the CLT20 2012 was hinted at by the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N Srinavasan earlier this month.

On Monday, however, it was all but confirmed as CLT20 official Sundar Raman announced on social networking website Twitter: “CLT to invite Sialkot stallions for this year’s edition.”

The cricket boards of Australia, India and South Africa own and the tournament, which is being held each year since 2009. Top domestic Twenty20 teams from all Test-playing nations, except Pakistan, have been participating in the event.

In 2008, when the tournament was set to hold its first edition, Pakistan was expected to be represented by Sialkot Stallions. However, with the fall-out of relations between Pakistan and India following the November 26 Mumbai attacks, the Stallions were unable to participate.

The Sialkot team, who have won the domestic Twenty20 tournament on a record seven occasions, expressed interest in being part of the CLT20 after winning the Super 8 T20 tournament last month.

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