Canadian Cricket League Launching This Month
Canada’s domestic sporting scene has been abuzz lately with news of the launch of the Canadian Premier League, and its promise to bring top-level soccer to cities across the country. However, another new league will be launching later this month and promising to bring an internationally-popular sport to the country, and in fact to revive its original national sport.
Though hockey and lacrosse occupy official national status today, and Canadian football is known as ‘our game,’ cricket was the first game of the country, and is the subject of Canada’s newest league; GT20 Canada.
Playing in the popular Twenty20 limited-overs format, GT20 Canada will be played between the 28th of June and the 15th of July this summer. The league will feature five teams from Canadian cities (Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights, and Winnipeg Hawks), as well as a sixth team made up of allstars from the West Indies.
Most notably, the league will be stocked with internationally-acclaimed stars including, controversially, Australian cricketers David Warner and Steve Smith who are suspended from domestic competition following a ball-tampering scandal. Smith will play for Toronto and Warner for Winnipeg, while other marquee players will include Chris Gayle, Daren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, and Andre Russel.
The tournament will be based at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, with a 7 000-seat stadium just north of Toronto. Over time, the league may grow to rival popular T20 competitions like Australia’s Big Bash League and India’s IPL. For now, though, it represents an exciting new chapter in Canadian sport and some top-level action for Canadian cricket fans.
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