The celebrity cricket league is scheduled to be held from 23 Jan 2016 to 14th Feb when the final would be played in HYDERABAD. Venues of the matches are Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, KOCHI, AHMEDABAD, Chennai and Hyderabad. 8 teams namely Mumbai heroes, BHOJPURI DABANGS, Bengal Tigers, PUNJAB DE SHER, TELUGU WARRIORS, KARNATAKA bulldozers, Chennai RHINOS and Kerala Strikers will be vying for supremacy in the month of January and February. Teams are divided into pool A and B and the top two teams from each group would qualify for the semi finals.
Like the last league, the inauguration promises to be a starry bonanza laced with glitz and glamour. Mumbai Hero is led by Bobby DEOL with owner as SOHAIL khan and SHABBIR AHLUWALIA. The team has performed incredibly well in all the five seasons. For instance in 2015 and 2014, it advanced till the semi finals. In the fifth season, Telugu warriors beat Chennai Rhinos to win the championship. Batting first Chennai RHINOS scored 132 runs in 20 over and TELUGU warriors chased down the total with 7 wickets to spare. The latter also won the league two times in the past. In the upcoming sixth league, a new team from Punjab Movie Industry called the Punjab De SHER is being introduced for the first time. DALER MEHHNDI is the brand ambassador of the Punjab team. SONU SOOD, the BOLLYWOOD, model and actor would be captaining the team.
Players to watch out for in the league would be SACHIN JOSHI from Telugu-warriors who is a prolific scorer and also a wonderful bowler with stunning performance in the semi finals in the last season. ADARSH from TEELUGU warriors could be the trump card because he is a wily spinner ready to extract purchase from the wicket. BHOJPURI DABANG team led by MANOJ TIWARI would like to set the record straight by delivering sterling performance in the sixth season. It could not proceed further than the league stage in the year 2015. CCL is considered to be the second most viewed sporting league in India after IPL. As far as batting is concerned, DHRUV SHARMA from Karnataka is the cricketer to watch out for as he was the top scorer in the previous season.
The team that can upset the applecart of the established heavyweights would be Karnataka Bulldozers because they have been to the semi finals in the last edition and also were two times winners in 2013 and 2014. Similarly KERALA strikers would be raring to break entry in to the knock out stage to change the dismal performance last year when they were eliminated in the group stages. RPRITHVI from Chennai is an exciting batsman to watch out for with a series of strokes all round the park.
Bengal Tigers team represents the Bengali film industry considered to be the intellectual hub of the Indian Cinema. Bengal Tigers led by JISSHU SEN GUPTA will try hard to break into the knock stages because they have not been performing well in the past editions. It is inundated with players who are not only talented celebrities but also good cricketers. They need to gel well as a team for better performance.