Royals, Super Kings to miss Oz players in T20 Champions League

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Sydney, Jun 8 (UNI) Indian Premier League (IPL) finalists Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings may miss several of their Aussie stars during the Twenty20 Champions League later this year.

The event - a two-tiered competition involving the top Twenty20 sides from India, England, South Africa and Australia - clashes with the Australian side's preparation for their India tour.

''It is expected it will start in late September, early October and will be a 10 day event,'' Cricket Australia (CA) chief James Sutherland told the local media here. ''It's unlikely that too many of our Test players will be available to play.'' However, Sutherland conceded that Australian players will be keen to be a part of the tournament which has a prize purse worth five million dollars on offer for the winners.

''There's very good prize money and I'm sure our players will be very excited at the prospect of playing on the international stage,'' he admitted.

Rajasthan Royals will miss inform all-rounder Shane Watson who played a crucial role in their successful IPL campaign.

Chennai will have to make do without the services of hard hitting opener Michael Hussey who was one of the most successful in the IPL with a stunning average of 84 and a healthy strike rate of 166.34.

IPL finalists Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are the Indian qualifiers for the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 Champions League.

They will be joined by Victoria and Western Australia, who reached the final of last summer's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Dolphins and Titans from South Africa's Pro20 league will also be there along with two sides from England's Twenty20 Cup which starts next week.

The tournament is expected to be held in either India or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year, although the CA expects to host the event in future.

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