Celebrity Cricket League

The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is an amateur men's cricket league in India. It consists of nine teams 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 and it has a vast coverage on Indian media.[3][4][5]

Celebrity Cricket League
Celebrity Cricket League logo.png
CountriesIndia India
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana, India
FormatTwenty-20 (2011-2016) T10 (2017, 2019)
First edition2011
Latest edition2019
Next edition2021
Tournament formatRound-robin and Knockout
Number of teams9
Most successfulTelugu Warriors (3 titles)
Most runsDhruv Sharma (Karnataka) - 1033
Most wickets(Telugu) - 27


The popularity of the Indian Premier League (official T20 League Tournament of India) inspired the CCL, with franchises in major Indian cities. Vishnu Vardhan Induri, an entrepreneur from Hyderabad, is the founder and managing director of CCL. He started the league 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 and included participation from four teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes, and Karnataka Bulldozers.[7] With CCL season 1, the organizers planned to create awareness about anti-piracy.[8] Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in a competitive final and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.

Second seasonEdit

The second season was conducted from 13 January to 13 February 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

Shruti Haasan supporting Telugu Warriors

The third season had two new teams, Veer Marathi representing the Marathi film industry and Bhojpuri Dabbangs representing the Bhojpuri film industry. In Season 3, the curtain raiser event was held in Mumbai on 19 January 2013 and was regarded by many as a grand affair,[10] where Salman Khan,[11] Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva and many other celebrities performed.[12] The opening ceremony was in Kochi on 9 February 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 had come in as a broadcast partner for the Mumbai Heroes games and Rishtey TV telecasted all the games. Karnataka Bulldozers qualified for the finals for the 4th consecutive year. They won the cup by defeating Kerala Strikers.

Fifth seasonEdit

CCL season 5 was the most successful season in terms of revenues and television viewership. As per TAM, CCL was 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

A new team, Punjab De Sher, representing the Punjab film industry, was introduced in place of Veer Marathi.[15] Daler Mehndi was the brand ambassador of the team, with Sonu Sood the captain. Mr. Puneet and Navraj Hans were the owners of the team. Punjab De Sher selected new players for the team. Telugu Warriors won the cup for the second time.[16]

Teams and performanceEdit

Celebrities at a CCL match in 2012


Team Industry State Captain Ownership
Karnataka Bulldozers Kannada/Sandalwood Karnataka Sudeep Ashok Kheny
Mumbai Heroes Hindi/Bollywood Maharashtra Bobby Deol Sohail Khan
Bengal Tigers Bengali West Bengal Jisshu Sengupta Boney Kapoor
Telugu Warriors Telugu/Tollywood Andhra Pradesh,


Akkineni Akhil Sachiin Joshi
Kerala Strikers Malayalam Kerala Mohanlal Rajkumar, Sripriya
Chennai Rhinos Tamil Tamil Nadu Vishal K. Ganga Prasad
Bhojpuri Dabbangs Bhojpuri Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Manoj Tiwari Manoj Tiwari
Punjab De Sher Punjabi Punjab Sonu Sood Navraj Hans, Puneet Singh
Veer Marathi (defunct) Marathi Maharashtra Mahesh Manjrekar Riteish Deshmukh


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


  • W = Winner; R = Runner-up; SF = SemiFinalist; GS = Groupstage; F = Finalist; N/A = Not Played; TBA = To Be Announced.
  • 2018 CCL T10 was cancelled
  • 2019 CCL T10 Semi-final and final match not conducted due to rain. Based on group stage performance Telugu team announced as winner (win all 3 matches) and Karnataka Bulldozers team announced as Runner up (win 2 out of 3 matches).



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

Former players:

Former players:

  • Dhruv
  • 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". The 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 17 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Bipasha Basu as Brand Ambassador for CCL Season-3
  15. ^ "Punjab De Sher added in 6th Edition of CCL". Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help).
  16. ^ "Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) 2020 Winners List of All Seasons [1 to 6] | Winners List". Retrieved 4 April 2020.

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