Celebrity Cricket League
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The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is a non-professional men's cricket league in India and it is contested by eight teams consisting of film actors from eight major regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011. The CCL teams use various venues for their home games.
|First tournament||2011 Celebrity Cricket League|
|Last tournament||2016 Celebrity Cricket League|
|Next tournament||2017 Celebrity Cricket League|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and Knockout|
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champion||Telugu Warriors (2nd title)|
|Most successful||Karnataka Bulldozers (2 titles)
Chennai Rhinos (2 titles)
Telugu Warriors (2 titles)
|Most runs||Druv Sharma (Karnataka) - 1033|
|Most wickets||Raghu (Telugu) - 27|
|2016 Celebrity Cricket League|
The CCL was inspired by the popularity of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 tournament with franchises in major Indian cities. Vishnu Vardhan Induri, a Serial Entrepreneur from Hyderabad is the Founder and Managing Director of CCL who started CCL in 2010 by selling franchise rights for four teams in the inaugural season. For the second season two additional teams were added.
The inaugural season took place in 2011, which was contested by 4 teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes and Karnataka Bulldozers. With CCL season 1, the organisers planned to create awareness about Anti Piracy. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in a thriller and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.
The second season was conducted from 13 Jan to 13 Feb 2012. Two new cricket teams, the Kerala Strikers and the Bengal Tigers were added to the CCL. Hindi Film Industry Team "Mumbai Heroes" selected Sharjah as its home ground. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers for the second time in a row and emerged as the CCL 2 champions.
The third season had two new teams, Veer Marathi representing the Marathi Film Industry and Bhojpuri Dabbangs representing the Bhojpuri Film Industry. Season 3 Curtain Raiser Event was a grand affair in Mumbai on 19 Jan 2013, where Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva performed with many other celebrities. Opening Ceremony was at Kochi on 9th Feb 2013, where Kerala Strikers played against Mumbai Heroes. Popular Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu was appointed as the brand ambassador for Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) season 3, along with Kajal Agarwal.
Karnataka Bulldozers defeated Telugu Warriors to become CCL 3 champions.
CCL Season 4 had a bigger reach than the earlier seasons as Colors TV has come in as a Broadcast Partner for the Mumbai Heroes games and Rishtey TV telecasted all the games. Karnataka Bulldozers reached Finals for the 4th consecutive year and won the cup by defeating Kerala Strikers in the Final.
CCL season 5 is the most successful season in terms of revenues and television viewership. As per TAM, CCL is the second most viewed sporting league in the country due to its reach delivered through Colors in Hindi Speaking Markets and Sun Network Channels in South India. Telugu Warriors won the trophy for the first time by defeating 2 times champion Chennai Rhinos.
CCL 2016 season, a new team representing the Punjab Film Industry was introduced in the place of Veer Marathi. The name of the team was Punjab De Sher. Daler Mehndi is the Brand Ambassador of the team while Sonu Sood is the captain and Mr. Puneet and Navraj Hans are the owners of the team. This time also Telugu warriors won the event matches by twice defeating the champion Karnataka Bulldozers.
Teams and performanceEdit
|Kerala Strikers||Mollywood||Kerala||Mohanlal||Rajkumar & Sri Priya|
|Chennai Rhinos||Kollywood||Tamil Nadu||Jiiva||K. Ganga Prasad|
|Telugu Warriors||Tollywood||Telangana & Andhra Pradesh||Akkineni Akhil||Sachiin Joshi|
|Mumbai Heroes||Bollywood||Maharashtra||Bobby Deol||Sohail Khan|
|Karnataka Bulldozers||Sandalwood||Karnataka||Sudeep||Ashok Kheny|
|Bengal Tigers||Tollywood||West Bengal||Jisshu Sengupta||Boney Kapoor|
|Bhojpuri Dabbangs||Bhollywood||Uttar Pradesh & Bihar||Manoj Tiwari||Manoj Tiwari|
|Veer Marathi||Marywood||Maharashtra||Riteish Deshmukh||Riteish Deshmukh|
|Punjab De Sher||Pollywood||Punjab||Sonu Sood||Navraj Hans & Puneet Sing|
|Punjab De Sher||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||GS|
- W = Winner; R = Runner ; SF = SemiFinalist; GS = Groupstage; N/A = Not Played; TBA=To Be Announced
- Ahmedabad: Sardar Patel Stadium
- Bengaluru: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
- Chennai: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
- Kochi: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
- Hyderabad: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
- Hyderabad: Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
- Pune: Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium
- Dubai: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
- Sharjah: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
- Dhaka: Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium
- Siliguri: Kanchenjunga Stadium
- Visakhapatnam: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium
|Mumbai Heroes||Telugu Warriors||Chennai Rhinos||Karnataka Bulldozers||Kerala Strikers||Bengal Tigers||Punjab De Sher||Veer Marathi||Bhojpuri Dabang|
- "Celeb Cricket League is back with a bang". The Times of India. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- Trivedi, Bina (20 January 2012). "CCL: Superstar cricketainment". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- 2013 Inauguration venue = Kochi,Kerala Beauty, brawn ... and then there was cricket, The Hindu, 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
- http://www.sify.com/movies/Celebrity-Cricket-League-T20-imagegallery-kannada-ldh py0afejc.html
- CCL-II: A starry showdown, The Times of India, 23 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- Megha Shenoy A feast for the eyes, Deccan Herald, February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- Gooptu, Biswarup; Raghavendra, Nandini (11 February 2012). "Celebrity League rivals IPL on TV, in stadia". Economic Times. Retrieved March 2012. Check date values in:
- "It's celebrity cricket league next". The Times of India. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "About Us - CCL Social Initiative". Celebrity Cricket League. cclt20 Pvt Ltd. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "CCL is back for season two!". The Times of India. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- http://truthdive.com/2013/01/19/ccl-3-celebrity-cricket-league-curtain-raiser-event-on-jan-19-in-mumbai.html CCL 3 : Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser event on 19 Jan in Mumbai
- http://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Salman-Khan-performs-at-Celebrity-Cricket-League-curtain-raiser/22291 Salman Khan performed at Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser
- http://truthdive.com/2013/01/21/ccl-3-curtain-raiser-event-a-star-studded-affair.html CCL 3 curtain raiser event, a star-studded affair
- http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/ENT-celebrity-cricket-league-2013-salman-khan-bipasha-basu-kangana-ranaut-add-glam-4154210-NOR.html?seq=2 Celebrity Cricket League: Salman, Bipasha, Kangana add glam
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-17. Bipasha Basu as Brand Ambassador for CCL Season-3
- "Punjab De Sher is a franchise of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) jointly owned and promoted by Mr Puneet Singh and Mr. Navraj Hans.".
- "Punjab De Sher added in 6th Edition of CCL".