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The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is a non-professional men's cricket league in India and it is contested by ten teams consisting of film actors from nine major regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011.[1][2] The CCL teams use various venues for their home games.

Celebrity Cricket League
Celebrity Cricket League logo.png
CountriesIndia India
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana, India
First edition2011 Celebrity Cricket League
Latest edition2018 Celebrity Cricket League
Next edition2019 Celebrity Cricket League
Tournament formatRound-robin and Knockout
Number of teams9
Most successfulTelugu Warriors (3 titles)
Most runsDhruv Sharma (Karnataka) - 1033
Most wickets(Telugu) - 27

The CCL has been widely reported in the media.[3][4][5]



The CCL was inspired by the popularity of the Indian Premier League, official T20 League tournament of India, 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.[6]


First seasonEdit

The inaugural season took place in 2011, which was contested by 4 teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes and Karnataka Bulldozers.[7] With CCL season 1, the organisers planned to create awareness about anti-piracy.[8] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in a thriller and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.

Second seasonEdit

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.[9] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers for the second time in a row and emerged as the CCL 2 champions.

Third seasonEdit

Actress Shruti Haasan supporting Telugu Warriors by wearing the team's jersey.

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,[10] where Salman Khan,[11] Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva performed with many other celebrities.[12] 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.[13][14]

Karnataka Bulldozers defeated Telugu Warriors to become CCL 3 champions.

Fourth seasonEdit

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.

Fifth seasonEdit

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-time champion Chennai Rhinos.

Sixth seasonEdit

In the 2016 season of CCL, 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.[15][16] 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. Punjab De Sher selected new players with better performance for team. Telugu Warriors won the cup for the second time.

Teams and performanceEdit


Team Industry State Captain Team Owner
Mumbai Heroes Bollywood Maharashtra Bobby Deol Sohail Khan
Bengal Tigers Banglawood West Bengal Jisshu Sengupta Boney Kapoor
Telugu Warriors Tollywood Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Akkineni Akhil Sachiin Joshi
Kerala Strikers Mollywood Kerala Mohanlal Rajkumar & Sripriya
Chennai Rhinos Kollywood Tamil Nadu vishal K. Ganga Prasad
Karnataka Bulldozers Sandalwood Karnataka Sudeep Ashok Kheny
Bhojpuri Dabbangs Bhollywood Uttar Pradesh & Bihar Manoj Tiwari Manoj Tiwari
Punjab De Sher Pollywood Punjab Sonu Sood Navraj Hans & Puneet Sing
Veer Marathi Marywood Maharashtra Mahesh Manjrekar Riteish Deshmukh
Tulu Taylor Coastalwood Tulu Nadu Sunil Shetty Aishwarya Rai


Team 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019
Bengal Tigers N/A 6th GS GS GS SF GS
Bhojpuri Dabbangs N/A N/A GS SF GS SF N/A
Chennai Rhinos W W GS GS R GS GS
Karnataka Bulldozers R R W W SF R GS
Kerala Strikers N/A 5th SF R GS GS R
Mumbai Heroes 4th SF GS SF SF GS GS
Punjab De Sher N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A GS N/A
Telugu Warriors 3rd SF R GS W W W
Veer Marathi N/A N/A SF GS GS N/A N/A


  • W = Winner; R = Runner-up; SF = SemiFinalist; GS = Groupstage; F = Finalist; N/A = Not Played; TBA=To Be Announced

Finally,Telugu warriors had been most successful team in CCL history till date,with the likes of akhil Akkineni,Adarsh Balakrishna,Sudheer Babu and Sachin Joshi and some other good players like Prince and many have given their 100% to lead the team to victory.



Mumbai Heroes Telugu Warriors Chennai Rhinos Karnataka Bulldozers Kerala Strikers Bengal Tigers Punjab De Sher Bhojpuri Dabang Veer Marathi

Former players:

  • Jisshu (captain)
  • Joy
  • Indrasish
  • Yousuf
  • Uday
  • Sandy
  • Suman
  • Vievek
  • Mohan
  • Debu
  • Manty
  • Nandi
  • Jammy
  • Sushil
  • Ratnadeep
  • Joe

Former players:



  1. ^ "Celeb Cricket League is back with a bang". The Times of India. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ Trivedi, Bina (20 January 2012). "CCL: Superstar cricketainment". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. ^ 2013 Inauguration venue = Kochi,Kerala Beauty, brawn ... and then there was cricket, The Hindu, 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  4. ^ CCL-II: A starry showdown, The Times of India, 23 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  5. ^ Megha Shenoy A feast for the eyes, Deccan Herald, February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  6. ^ Gooptu, Biswarup; Raghavendra, Nandini (11 February 2012). "Celebrity League rivals IPL on TV, in stadia". Economic Times. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  7. ^ "It's celebrity cricket league next". The Times of India. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  8. ^ "About Us - CCL Social Initiative". Celebrity Cricket League. cclt20 Pvt Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  9. ^ "CCL is back for season two!". The Times of India. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  10. ^ "TruthDive – South Asian News and Opinion. India". Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) CCL 3 : Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser event on 19 Jan in Mumbai
  11. ^ "Salman Khan performs at Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser - Cricket Country". Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. Salman Khan performed at Celebrity Cricket League curtain raiser
  12. ^ "TruthDive – South Asian News and Opinion. India". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) CCL 3 curtain raiser event, a star-studded affair
  13. ^ Celebrity Cricket League: Salman, Bipasha, Kangana add glam
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Bipasha Basu as Brand Ambassador for CCL Season-3
  15. ^ "Punjab De Sher is a franchise of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) jointly owned and promoted by Mr Puneet Singh and Mr. Navraj Hans".
  16. ^ "Punjab De Sher added in 6th Edition of CCL".