MCC and the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 will combine to promote the MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign in the third domestic global twenty20 tournament, which takes place across Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata from 23rd September – 9th October.
MCC’s Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, will attend the opening ceremony of the competition to oversee the signing of the ‘Captain’s Charter’, which serves to ensure the ten participating teams uphold the MCC Spirit of Cricket ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ principles.
Speaking about the ongoing partnership Stephenson said: “We are delighted to continue to partner the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 for a third successive year.
Spirit of Cricket
"The competition brings together the best cricketers and teams from across the world.
"It presents a perfect opportunity for the players to demonstrate to a global audience that you can win, and win well, by adhering to the doctrines underpinning the MCC Spirit of Cricket message.”
The qualification tournament for the 2011 Nokia Champions League Twenty20 starts when Ruhuna (Sri Lanka) take on Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies) in Hyderabad.
With just three spaces in the main competition up for grabs, English hopefuls, Leicestershire and Somerset, will be looking to get-off to winning ways when their respective campaigns get underway tomorrow.
The main draw for the third Nokia Champions League Twenty20 competition will then involve ten teams from across the world.
The first match will be between Indian Premier League side, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and South Africa’s, Chevrolet Warriors, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday 23rd September.
Throughout the tournament Will Jefferson (Leicestershire) and Nick Compton (Somerset) will write a blog for Lords.org.