The inaugural Airtel Champions League Twenty20 is set to be a true tournament of champions following the naming of the preliminary squads.
Of the 234 players nominated by the 12 teams, 110 (more than 47%) have already played international cricket for their respective countries.
If all of these players then go on to be included in their team's respective starting XIs for the tournament from October 8 to 23, then more than 80 percent of players taking the field in the Twenty20 tournament will have played international cricket.
Illustrating the quality of the world-class squads that have been named, New South Wales Blues and the Delhi Daredevils will each be capable of playing a team wholly comprising of international players. Wayamba, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Victorian Bushrangers meanwhile have 10 internationals each in their ranks.
The other teams have equally impressive line-ups. Trinidad & Tobago and Sussex feature nine players with international experience, while the Cape Cobras and Deccan Chargers have eight, Otago has seven and the Diamond Eagles and Somerset have four apiece.
The preliminary squads: