South Africa will host the fourth edition of the Champions League Twenty20 in October with Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions being the new entrant, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
“South Africa will host CLT20 2012. All other details to follow soon,” Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20′s technical committee, wrote on his twitter page, confirming the shifting of the tournament from India.
The decision to shift the tournament out of India was taken at a CLT20 Governing Council meeting in Chennai last month.
It was also decided that the Mumbai Indians, who are the defending champions, would be included as the fourth Indian team in the eight-team tournament.
The reasons for shifting the tournament to South Africa range from monsoon to Durga Puja celebrations that will coincide with the event.
It will be the second time that South Africa will host the tournament after 2010. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban will be the venues for the event.
Earlier, GC had also approved the participation of Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions in the tournament. They will take part in the qualifiers to make the cut in the main draw, which will feature four teams from India, two from Australia and one from South Africa.
New IPL Champions Kolkata Knight Riders, runners-up Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils are the confirmed participants for CLT20 2012. (PTI)