The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is a non-professional men's cricket league in India and it is contested by eight teams consisting of film actors from eight major regional film industries of Indian cinema. The league commenced in 2011. The CCL teams use various venues for their home games.
The CCL has been widely reported in the media.
The CCL was inspired by the popularity of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 tournament 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.
The inaugural season took place in 2011, which was contested by 4 teams - Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Mumbai Heroes and Karnataka Bulldozers. With CCL season 1, the organisers planned to create awareness about Anti Piracy. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers in a thriller and emerged as the inaugural CCL champions.
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. Chennai Rhinos defeated Karnataka Bulldozers for the second time in a row and emerged as the CCL 2 champions.
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, where Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Prabhu Deva performed with many other celebrities. 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.
Karnataka Bulldozers defeated Telugu Warriors to become CCL 3 champions.
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.
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 times champion Chennai Rhinos.
CCL 2016 season, 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. 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 This time also Telugu warriors won the match by defeating 2 times champions karnataka bulldozers
Notes:W = Winner; R = Runner ; SF = SemiFinalist; GS = Groupstage; N/A = Not Played; TBA=To Be Announced
Ahmedabad: Sardar Patel Stadium
Bengaluru: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Chennai: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
Kochi: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Hyderabad: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium
Hyderabad: Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium
Pune: Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium
Dubai: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Sharjah: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Dhaka: Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium
Siliguri: Kanchenjunga Stadium
Visakhapatnam: Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium