The first ever Global T20 Canada league will be played this year and a host of celebrity cricketers from around the world will be a part of this competition including the now-disgraced former Aussie captain Steven Smith.
The tournament that begins from June 28, will see six teams feature in a round-robin format including five from Canada and one from the Windies. These sides will play each other in a 30-game competition that will be followed by the playoffs. The exact format for the Canada T20 league will be revealed soon but it is said this tournament will last for a good part of one month. The match tickets can be purchased on the official site.
The six teams in action in this Global T20 Canada league are as follows: Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks along with that sixth team from the West Indies which will have players completely from the Caribbean. The tournament will be organised in partnership with the Windies cricket board.
Some of the international cricketers who will feature in this competition are Windies stars Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravoand Andre Russell, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, and South African middle-order batsman David Miller. David Warner has also been picked in the Canadian T20 league which should add a nice rivalry between him and Smith during the tournament.
With the Global T20 Canada Draft having taken place on the June 3rd, the cricketers who have been named as marquee players are: Shahid Afridi, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, David Miller, Darren Sammy and Steve Smith.
11 Pakistani players signed in the Global T20 Canada League
Edmonton Royals: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Asif Ali, Hasan Khan, Agha Salman
Toronto Nationals: Kamran Akmal, Rumman Raees, Usama Mir, Hussain Talat
Montreal Tigers: Mohammad Hafeez
The Cricket Windies president Dave Cameron wished the league success and said the tournament will help grow cricket in the region.He added: “We support Cricket Canada and look forward to working even closer going forward.”
The Draft needed teams to pick up four Canadian cricketers apiece in their squads including a Canadian U-23 player.
There will be 22 games in the tournament which will finish on July 16 and all matches will be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, a cricket-specific facility just north of Toronto. It will have a capacity of 7,000 seats. Coaches for the Canada Global T20 teams are placed below.
|Toronto Nationals||Phil Simmons|
|Donovan Miller||Vancouver Knights|
|Winnipeg Hawks||Waquar Younis|
|Edmonton Royals||Mohammad Akram|
|Montreal Tigers||Tom Moody|