A rivalry that started more than a decade ago will reignite in September when the Perth Scorchers take on South African Twenty20 team Dolphins in the opening match of the Champions League.

When WA beat KwaZulu Natal at the WACA Ground in April 2001 in the final of the Champions Cup, WACA officials did not know their brainchild would become the prototype for the Champions League.

The tournament is now one of the most lucrative in world cricket, with $6 million in prize money.

It is a different format and the teams have become city-based but Perth's clash with the Dolphins, from Durban, has its roots in the 50-over tournament staged 13 years ago.

The Scorchers will also take on IPL teams Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

Scorchers coach Justin Langer, who captained WA to that Champions Cup success, said his players should benefit from their recent CLT20 experience.

"It will be nice to go back to the roots of that 2000-01 competition by taking on the Dolphins," he said.


The West Australian

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