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Sailkot Stallions won this year's National Super 8 Twenty20 tournament. – File photo by APP
Sailkot Stallions won this year's National Super 8 Twenty20 tournament. – File photo by APP

KARACHI: Pakistan’s reining twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions have been confirmed as one of the participants at this year’s Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after a member of the tournament’s technical committee announced their inclusion.

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.

Comments (15) Closed

VIJ Jun 28, 2012 12:14pm
Ammar May 28, 2012 07:55pm
Please thrash that India dependence NOW!! or it may be to late.............
azad May 29, 2012 03:11am
correct your english
ZUBER MEMON May 29, 2012 03:14am
thrash later.correct ur english first.!!!!lol
Fakhar May 29, 2012 05:08am
Of course we must thrash India as without our participation CL will not hold? In my opinion its completely nonsense to bycott.....
asia khan May 29, 2012 05:41am
hahahaha dream on son .. all that begging worked out finally ...kya din agayee hain ..even to play cricket pak is begging lol
Ajay May 29, 2012 08:44am
Well its allready tooooooo late.
Abd May 29, 2012 10:07am
atlast PCB begging has got reward :)
Sher May 29, 2012 11:27am
Hatred harbours hatred...let's not talk of thrashing but let us coexist peacefully...
Vikrant May 29, 2012 03:17pm
"The cricket boards of Australia, India and South Africa own and the tournament" - what a rubish... BCCI is the sole administrator & organizer for Champions League.. Dear Mr. Editor.. Please provide a correct information.
Rehman Akbar May 29, 2012 04:00pm
sialkot stallions is visiting the indian champion leauge. its a better chance for sialkot stallions to play cricket.It will be helpful for pakistan to back cricket
Zupta May 30, 2012 01:57am
Do not thrash anyone, just go and play cricket for the love of the game, and in the process make friends if you can!
khan Jun 03, 2012 07:07am
arslan Jun 04, 2012 06:52am
sailkot main talent boht ziada hai inshallah jeet ke aaye ge
Tahir Jun 10, 2012 08:25am
Acha decision hai