Mohali, Sep 16 (): The first match of CLT 20 match between Otago Volts and Faisalabad Wolves will be played on Sep 17, Tuesday at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. The other teams in the qualifier berth were Sunrisers Hyderabad from India and Kandurata Maroons from Sri Lanka. The top two teams from the qualifier will be placed in the groups.
Otago Volts (New Zealand):
The team Otago Volts, is a part of qualifiers as it had won HRV Cup 2012-13 which is a New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition held in January 2013. Otago Volts participated in CLT20 in 2009, was crashed out by losing their first two matches. The team have nine players who have international cricket.
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Iain Butler and Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate had impressive batting strike-rates are the important batsmen to watch. Nathan McCullum and left-arm spinner Nick Beard can make their way to the spinner-friendly surfaces. The Otago Volts have a record of winning their last 10 Twenty20 matches.
McCullum said, “The wicket is slightly faster and bouncier than the normal Indian tracks, we can be confident that we have the right team to exploit the conditions.” He also added “this is a tough qualifiers round. Look at all the teams, they are all good on the paper. We know it is going to be tough for us to get past the qualifiers.”
Otago Volts: Nick Beard, Michael Bracewell, Neil Broom, Iain Butler, Mark Craig, Derek de Boorder (Capt. & wk), Jacob Duffy, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Jimmy Neesham, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ryan ten Doeschate, Neil Wagner.
Faisalabad Wolves (Pakistan):
Finally relenting in the Indian soil with lot of uncertain momentous, they reached Mohali. The main strength of Faisalabad Wolves is in the way of experienced player Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who can handle any type of situation. Apart from skipper, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Salman and Samiullah Khan Niazi are the key players having international exposure. The Wolves have right-hand opener Asif Ali who can hit the ball at any type of surfaces. Saeed Ajmal the world’s top-ranked off-spinner in all the three formats will the key bowler to watch. This is their maiden appearance in the tournament.
The team’s wicketkeeper and vice-captain, Mohamed Salman said, “we are mainly a young squad, but there is lot of potential in our young players. We are confident that they will deliver at the big stage,”
Faisalabad Wolves: Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt.), Asif Ali, Ali Waqas, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Salman, Waqas Maqsood, Samiullah Khan, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hasan Mahmood, Jahandad Khan, Farrukh Shehzad, Imran Khalid, Ammar Mahmood.
You might be interested to read: Champions League T20 Squad and schedule