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Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard, who helped Somerset reach the qualifier, will play for Mumbai Indians during the Champions League

Leicestershire and Somerset have discovered their opponents for next month’s Champions League Twenty20 qualifier, which they reached by progressing to yesterday’s Friends Life t20 final.

Both required one-over eliminators to beat their semi-final opponents, Lancashire and Hampshire respectively, on finals day at Edgbaston.

Leicestershire, who won the final by 18 runs, will play in qualifying pool B against Ruhunu of Sri Lanka and Trinidad & Tobago from the West Indies. Somerset will face Auckland from New Zealand and India’s Kolkata Knight Riders in pool A.

The qualifying matches will take place in Hyderabad, India, from September 19-21. The two pool winners and best runners-up will progress to the main competition, which runs from September 23 to October 9 with two groups of five yielding semi-finalists.

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who featured for Somerset in the FLt20 and plays for three other teams who could be in the main competition, has said he will represent Mumbai Indians.

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick yesterday confirmed he will not travel to India due to the depression he suffers when away from home. He missed the 2009 competition for the same reason.

Champions League Twenty20 qualifier schedule (all times BST)

Sept 19: Trinidad & Tobago v Ruhunu, 11:30
Sept 19: Auckland v Kolkata Knight Riders, 15:30
Sept 20: Leicestershire v Trinidad & Tobago, 11:30
Sept 20: Auckland v Somerset, 15:30
Sept 21: Leicestershire v Ruhunu, 11:30
Sept 21: Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset, 15:30

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