Apr 122013

Big Bash - Stars v Scorchers

TOUGH ASK: Shaun Marsh and the Perth Scorchers face a testing draw at the T20 Champions League in September. Picture: Daniel Wilkins Source: PerthNow

THE Perth Scorchers face a challenging task trying to capture T20 Champions League success after copping a tough draw for the spring tournament.

Perth qualified for its second successive Champions League campaign after reaching the final of last summer’s Big Bash, which was eventually won by Brisbane.

The Scorchers will face the South African champion Highveld Lions, as well as the yet-to-be-determined Indian Premier League winners in the group stages.

The third-placed IPL team and a qualifier will round out the group.

The tournament will be played in India from September 17 to October 6, with teams competing for a total prize pool of US$6 million.

Scorchers coach Justin Langer said his side was looking forward to returning to the tournament following a disappointing and controversial Champions League campaign in South Africa last year.

“We’re going to have to prepare very well and get our minds around what will win the Champions League, so we’ll be starting to get our thinking together now,” Langer said.

“It’s a great opportunity – it’s something that all domestic teams aspire towards now.

“We’re fortunate to have gained the opportunity again and we’ll be really looking forward to doing a great job in India in September.”

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