Mohali: Expected to be a three-horse race, the qualifying competition of the Champions League has been singularly straightforward, devoid of drama, excitement and nail-biting suspense.
So dominant and overpowering have Otago Volts and Sunrisers Hyderabad been that the entrants to the main draw have been decided at the first possible instance, relegating the final set of league ties on Friday (September 20) to largely of only academic interest.
It was always on the cards that Faisalabad Wolves, hugely short on genuine quality, would find it practically impossible to do battle with Otago, Hyderabad and Kandurata Maroons on an equal footing. For Faisalabad to be even remotely competitive, they needed their two players of genuine and proven quality, Misbah-ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal, to perform out of their skins. Both specialists had their moments, Misbah more so with the bat than Ajmal with the ball, but the lack of support from their teammates and the quality of opposition they have encountered meant Faisalabad had just about as much chance of qualifying as of finding snow in the desert.