Bushrangers aiming for Warne showdown
Victoria arrives in Mumbai on Friday for cricket's first Twenty20 Champions League, with a likely semi-final showdown with favourite son Shane Warne looming.
Warne and his Rajasthan Royals stand in the way of the Bushrangers, who are hoping to collect the $5 million prizemoney as the winner of the eight-team tournament.
"We want to arrive in India with all guns blazing. There are a lot of good players in the tournament, Warnie included," said Bushrangers head coach Greg Shipperd.
"But we have a lot of self belief in our Twenty20 formula and as long as all players are fit and healthy, we know we can give it a good shake."
The Bushrangers play a minimum of three games and a maximum of five, with most games to be televised late at night on Ten.
Captain Cameron White said the majority of Victoria's 14-man squad had not been to India before, adding to the excitement and the challenge.
"There are quality players in every outfit," White said.
"We're in the same side of the draw as the Middlesex Crusaders and the Chennai Superkings. We also play the Titans from South Africa in a match likely to decide the semi-finalists.
"Should we win through we could play against the Rajasthan Royals, who Warnie represents. They won the title earlier this year so they'll go in very confident."
Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide said any prizemoney would be split among the players, with the rest going to fund Cricket Victoria's centre of excellence.