International Cricket Council (ICC) has given green signal to Cricket Canada’s Global T20 League to stage the T20 tournament in the country.
The tournament is expected to be held in July 2018, while the three venues are –Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (where Sahara Cup was played for three seasons between India and Pakistan), Sunnybrook Park, Maple Leaf Cricket Club where Global T20 Canada is expected to be played.
In every squad, there will be four Canadian local players with T20 freelancers from Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand expected to ply their trade in the T20 tournament.
According to a report in PTI, “The league has been conceptualized, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Group with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country.”
The release further said, “The league has also gained official sanction of the International Cricket Council (ICC). With this announcement, Cricket Canada becomes the first Associate member of the ICC to set in motion a Twenty20 franchise league in the lucrative North America market.”
Cricket Canada has entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement with Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd, which not only covers the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country.
Cricket Canada President Mr. Ranjit Saini said of the Global T20 Canada, “Twenty20 Major League Cricket has the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success.”
Meanwhile, Founder and Group CEO of Mercuri Group, Mr. Sriram Bakthisaran stated, “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Cricket Canada to contribute directly to the success of cricket in Canada. Cricket is coming back home and we are only too delighted to play a part in it. We have a long-term vision and that also includes aiding in the development of a world-class Canadian national side. So it is not just about the league, but about the all-round development of the sport.”
It is learned that the Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has signed a bat wishing the Global T20 Canada all the luck on the sidelines of his visit to the school in the national capital on Thursday.