Canada are the latest to join the T20 bandwagon and get its own ICC-approved franchise 20 domestic league which is set to take place later this year in July. Formation of the new league has come following a long-hard discussion between Cricket Canada and India’s Mercuri Group and the final leg of the discussion was held in New Delhi on Thursday which led to the official announcement of Global T20 Canada.
T20 Canada to see only 4 Canadian players per team
According to reports, the Global T20 Canada will have six franchises based on geographical parameters and going forward, the league are set to welcome a couple of more franchisee to continue the development of Global T20 Canada.
Formation of the teams will be an interesting bit as unlike other domestic T20 leagues around the world, Canada have relaxed the use of foreign players in the starting XI which will see a minimum of 4 Canadian players in every side while rest of the lineup can be made with the foreign stars.
The move has been done keeping the interest of Global T20 Canada in mind wherein foreign stars can help the league evolve over a quick span of time. Add to that, Canada’s local cricket structure is not at a level to provide 7-8 Canadian players for every team in the Global T20 Canada.
According to Cricket Canada president Mr Ranjit Saini, one of the six teams will consist only of West Indian foreign players along with the local Canadian players as they get ready to compete in Canada’s first ever domestic T20 league.
As reported by ESPN cricinfo, speaking on the importance of Global T20 Canada to Canada’s cricket developments, Ranjit Saini said: “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. Canada is a great sporting country and event hosting and management skills exist in abundance. This event will not only be a great cricket experience, it will also help grow our tourism potential as a nation.”