Canada became the latest addition to the league of countries to introduce franchise-based T20 cricket. Cricket Canada along with India’s Mercuri Group has formed Global T20 Canada. The announcement was done yesterday in New Delhi.

Further, International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the new T20 league.  The tournament will commence in July, this year, across three venues in Toronto. The most likely venues are Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Sunnybrook Park, and Mavis Cricket Ground.

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Formation of the league:

Meanwhile, the tournament will have six franchise teams drawn on geographical lines. Also, the organizers are hoping to bring two or more franchises in the coming year.

Further, each team will have four local Canadian players. However, there is no rule to include them in the first XI. As a result, each team can field 11 international players.

Meanwhile, one of the six times will include all the Windies players apart from four cricketers from Canada.

The Cricket Canada president said that the league had enough investment backing from Mercuri Talent Management Private Limited. They operate in the media and entertainment business, with offices in Pune and Chennai.

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Cricket Canada excited to be a part:

Cricket Canada President, Ranjit Saini is delighted to be a part of this wonderful initiative. Further, he announced West Indies as one of the sponsors.

The West Indies is a sponsor of the league,” Saini said. “The ICC approval is based on Full Member participation so one team will be a West Indian team,” he added.

Cricket Canada is very excited by the opportunity and we’re looking forward to it,” Saini mentioned.

Meanwhile, Mercuri will own all the teams as of now as Cricket Canada has given them the authority to sell or lease teams.

Very shortly, there will be efforts and agreements signed for the team owners,” he said. “Mercuri has the capacity at this time to own all the teams themselves and lease them out to different management. As we grow, there will be different owners. At this moment, the league is entirely owned by Mercuri and Cricket Canada is giving them the authority to own, sell or lease,” Saini concluded.

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