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    In pics: the dark horses of CLT20

    • The Dutch international is extremely attractive to watch when he is in full flow. The absence of Eoin Morgan, who is out of the tournament because of an injury, could well give the 31-year-old a chance to show his caliber. (AFP)

    • He has been an unsung hero for the Chennai side for the last four seasons and played a pivotal role in the success of the franchise. The 31-year-old would just look to do the same things that he has been doing for quite some time now. (AFP)

    • He has an off and on stint with the Australian side where he showed a lot of promise but could not deliver much. But the all-round skills (middle-order batsman and right-arm medium-fast) of the 24-year-old could just help his side repeat the success of the inaugural season of the Champions League when they won the cash-rich event. His previous stint with Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in the IPL will also prove important. (Getty Imgaes)

    • The Jharkhand lad did a descent job while playing for the Mumbai Indians in the first three season of the IPL and he would like to do a better job with his new franchise in this tournament and the upcoming seasons. (AFP)

    • Though the 31-year-old Pakistan player went out of favour with the national selectors, his hard-hitting skills are still the same as it used to be. He helped his county win the Twenty20 Championship and would like to continue his form in the CLT20 as well. (Getty Images)

    • The 34-year-old South African did extremely well for the Pune Warriors in the fourth edition of the IPL and he would like to repeat his performance for another adopted franchise. (Getty Images)

    • After watching him destroying the bowling attacks all round the world, it's well known what Jayasuriya can do with his willow. And after being retired from all forms of the game, the 42-year-old Sri Lankan would like to relive some of the old moments. (Getty Images)

    • The Port Elizabeth born young South African batsman has showed a lot of promise in the one day internationals for his national side (has hit two centuries in 12 ODIs) and a good showing here will help him secure his berth in the Twenty20 side as well. (Getty Images)

    • The Caribbean side did wonderfully well in the 2009 edition of the same championship when they reached the final. They will hope Simmons to help them reaching the same heights this time too. (AFP)

    • Though the 33-year-old has been thrown on the scrap heap by the South African selectors in the last few years, no one has ever dared to question his big-hitting ability. And being already a veteran in this form of the game by featuring in 74 matches, his experience will prove extremely handy for the Cobras, coming into the all important CL T20.The Queenstown-born player can also be useful with his military medium-pace. (Getty Images)

    • The 31-year old South Australian is famous for his attacking batting skills. Harris played a key role, along with skipper Michael Klinger, in helping his side winning the 2011 KFC Big Bash (Australian Twenty20 Championship). The 5 ft 9 in right-hander was the highest run-getter, with 304 runs in six innings, in the last T20 season. His overall strike rate of over 141 makes him one of the most sought after player in the shortest form of the game. (Getty Images)

    • He captained the Warriors in the last edition of the CL T20, and some breathtaking innings in the 2010 edition fetched him a lucrative contract with the Mumbai side. The 28-year-old will be eyeing to make it count in a tournament that gave him more reckoning. (AFP)

    • The 24-year-old Kiwi boy has already played 23 T20 internationals for his national side and his form at top of the batting order will decide how far the Auckland Aces go in the million-dollar Championship. (Getty Images)