Chennai: As they have been drawn along with two former champions, Cape Cobras captain Justin Kemp on Monday termed his team as 'underdogs' but the South African is confident of putting up a decent challenge in the Champions League T20 tournament, starting Friday.

The South African side will clash with former champions Chennai Super Kings and New South Wales apart from a strong Mumbai Indians in Group A.

"Yeah we realise that there are a lot of fantastic teams here. Yeah, I think we are underdogs, the other teams have some players that have done exceptionally well in the last few years, but we're confident and if we can play good cricket we'll put up a good performance," Kemp told reporters here.

"We played here in 2009 and it's a great opportunity for a lot of young guys and a lot of the older guys too."

Asked if domestic state sides from abroad would have any advantage considering their players spend more time together, Kemp said it won't matter much.

"I think it can be an advantage but if you see last IPL, the Chennai team got together three days before the tournament and won the championship. I think these days cricket is becoming very adjustable and very flexible.

"They pay you good money so you just go ahead and do your job, you adjust to your team environment very quickly. So I don't think it's going to be a massive advantage," he opined.

Kemp, an all-rounder who bowls medium fast, also refuted suggestion that the burden of captaincy has affected his batting.

"It depends on what time I come in to bat and what the game situation is. My role has been to come in the latter stages, the last 10 overs or so and try to finish games. But I can adjust to the match situation and it's been pretty much the same old me for the last couple of years."

Team coach Richard Pybus said it will be a challenge to adjust to alien conditions but they have prepared well.

"We've been studying the strengths and weaknesses of our opposition sides. We've got a real challenge in this group, with two former Champions sides in already. And the IPL teams have an advantage the other sides as they know the local conditions better. But we've had a good winter, we've trained hard and we're looking forward to the contest," he said.

Pybus feels that they have enough spin power in their bowling department to suit and exploit the conditions.

"We've got Robin Peterson, J P Duminy, we've got a all-rounder called Justin Ontong and we've got a young chinaman bowler Michael Rippon-- so we've got depth in the spin bowling department and it's great to have three international South African players." Skipper Kemp too felt the same.

"I think the South African team has over the last few years started to change its dependence on complete, out and out fast bowling and also focussed on the spin bowling department so its good to have three spinners to call on who could win the game," Kemp said.

(Agencies)