First chance for South Africa's Titans
The Champions League Twenty20 will kick off with the South African champions Titans taking on Australian winners Perth Scorchers at Centurion today.
For the Titans, it will be their first appearance in the CLT20 after missing out on a chance at the inaugural edition and had to wait for four years to make the top level. Since 2004, the franchise has won the national Twenty20 titles thrice and had a chunk of players who represented South Africa in the international arena.
Titans have achieved major success under coach Mathew Maynard and their record in domestic circuit is impeccable. They lost only three and tied one in their 14 T20 fixtures last season.
But they will have to depend heavily on Farhaan Behardien and captain Martin van Jaarsveld in the absence of key players like Albie Morkel, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel, who have opted to play for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils.
Meanwhile, the Scorchers side is studded with top current and former internationals. They have Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Collingwood, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Hogg, Luke Ronchi besides captain Marcus North in their ranks.