Afridi, Smith and Warner among the big names picked in draft for inaugural Global T20 Canada league

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    A host of international stars, including former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi were picked up in the player-draft for the inaugural Global T20 Canada league on Sunday.

    Afridi, who was one of the 10 marquee players named ahead of the draft, was picked up by Edmonton Royals where he will be joined by the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir and Chris Lynn.

    Australia’s banned pair of Steve Smith and David Warner were also picked up in the inaugural draft. Also named as a marquee player, Smith will turn out for the Toronto Nationals in the six-team affair.

    Warner was picked up by Winnipeg Hawks in the third round where he will be joined by the likes of David Miller and Dwayne Bravo.

    Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was another eye-catching name to sign up for the league with the 17-year-old slated to turn out for Montreal Tigers.

    Apart from the mentioned names, the likes of Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Mohammad Hafeez too were picked up in the player-draft. Top coaches like Australia’s Tom Moody and Pakistan’s Waqar Younis have also been confirmed for the event with the former taking charge at Montreal Tigers while the latter will manage the Winnipeg Hawks franchise.

    The month-long competition is slated to get underway on June 28 with all the matches taking place at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto. While drafts for five teams were held on Sunday, a sixth team comprising entirely of Caribbean players will also be added to the roster.

    Each team will need to include four Canadian players, including an U23 player.


    Edmonton Royals

    Coach: Mohammad Akram

    Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Christiaan Jonker, Wayne Parnell, Asif Ali, Hasan Khan, Agha Salman, Shaiman Anwar, Ammar Khalid, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Ahmed Raza, Simon Pervez, Abraash Khan.

    Montreal Tigers

    Coach: Tom Moody

    Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Hafeez, Denesh Ramdin, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, George Worker, Najibullah Zadran, Cecil Pervez, Ibrahim Khaleel, Dillon Heyliger, Nicholas Kirton, Rayyan Pathan.

    Toronto Nationals

    Coach: Phil Simmons

    Darren Sammy, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Nikhil Dutta, Johnson Charles, Kesrick Williams, Naved Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Farhan Malik, Nitish Kumar, Usama Mir, Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Umair Ghani.

    Vancouver Knights

    Coach: Donovan Miller

    Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee, Chadwick Walton, Fawad Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Sheldon Cottrell, Saad Bin Zafar, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeratne, Kamau Leverock, Steven Jacobs, Salman Nazar, Rassie van der Dussen, Jeremy Gordon.

    Winnipeg Hawks

    Coach: Waqar Younis

    Dwayne Bravo, David Miller, David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Ben McDermott, Ali Khan, Hamza Tariq, Junaid Siddiqui, Tion Webster, Rizwan Cheema, Hiral Patel, Mark Deyal, Kyle Phillip.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    11 Pakistan players signed in the Global T20 Canada League

    The first edition of the Global T20 Canada League is all set to roll out this month. The T20 promises to be a great stage for the budding young cricketers of Canada. They will get a chance to rub shoulders with some of the greats of the game. A lot of international stars have signed up for the league and there is no shortage of big names in the overseas pool. As many as 11 players from Pakistan have been signed up in the league.

    The drafts saw the competing franchise place their bids for the players recently. The Edmonton Royals looked like the team most interested in roping in the services of the Pakistani players. As many as 6 players were picked by them in the drafts of the inaugural season. Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi went in to the drafts as a marquee player and he snapped by the Royals.

    Along with Afridi, the international pace duo of Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir have also been picked in the side. Asif Ali, Hasan Khan, and Agha Salman are the other three players taken by the Royals. Agha Salman is being tipped to be the next big thing in Pakistan batting. He was seen playing for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year.

    Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers snap good deals too
    Meanwhile, the Toronto Nationals also showed great interest in the Pakistani players. Veteran wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal was picked up by them. Akmal is a renowned hitter of the cricket ball and has been in sensational form in the domestic cricket in the recent times. He will be joined by pacer Rumman Raees in the Toronto lineup. Raees has been out of action since PSL 2018 where he had picked up an injury whilst playing for the Islamabad United.

    The other two players picked up by the Toronto Nationals are Usama Mir and Hussain Talat. The other team that snapped a Pakistani player is the Montreal Tigers. They managed to bag the services of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. In addition to the players, Waqar Younis will be adding the Pakistan flavor in the coaching duties in the tournament. Waqar Younis has been named as the head coach of the Winnipeg Hawks in the competition this year.
  3. Fireworks11

    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

    Sep 22, 2012
    Forever young, Shahid Afridi.
  4. R Star

    R Star Youngsta Beauty

    Jun 6, 2018
    Shahid Afridi is amazing player ever!
  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    UAE's Ahmed Raza can't wait to play alongside Shahid Afridi and Chris Lynn in Global T20 Canada

    Ahmed Raza admits he was little bit surprised to have been picked but cannot wait to play alongside Shahid Afridi and Chris Lynn at the Global T20 Canada.

    Raza was drafted in as Edmonton Royals’ 11th pick alongside UAE international team-mate Shaiman Anwar. Both will be sharing the same dressing room as ex-Pakistan skipper Afridi and blistering T20 batsman Lynn in the inaugural competition which begins June 28.

    For Raza, it will be his first franchise-based T20 tournament and the spinner insists it’s a great feeling that his talents have been recognised after taking 25 wickets in 37 T20 matches for the UAE.

    “Finally being picked in the inaugural edition is a very good feeling and I’m hoping to do well there,” said the 29-year-old.

    “To be honest, it came out as a surprise and got the news that Associate players would be picked. We were very hopeful that some of us UAE players would be getting picked. There’s bit of surprise and expectation so you back yourself to go out there and do well.”

    Afridi and Lynn are among the high-profile names in Edmonton Royals’ squad, which also features ex-New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi.

    While Raza is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the elite stars, he says it’s an honour to count Afridi as one of his team-mates.

    “Chris Lynn is a very big name in T20 cricket and Shahid Afridi comes with the whole stardom thing. He really enjoys playing in front of big crowds and he’s one guy who will pull the crowd together and that will be something I will be looking forward to.

    “He is a very attacking cricketer and would never let the game go. His aggressiveness was there and still to date, is playing cricket his own way. He has been around for two decades and has a lot of experience.

    “There are so many T20 games, just being in the same dressing room, it will be a massive boost for everyone. Even though it’s franchise cricket, we will be carrying the UAE flag high and it will be exciting for everyone.”
  6. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Talented

    May 4, 2010
    Hope it takes off!
  7. godzilla

    godzilla Smooth Operator

    May 12, 2016
    how is it that smith and warner are allowed to play when the cheating pak trio were banned from all forms of cricket, whether icc sanctioned or not, including training facilities?
  8. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Talented

    May 4, 2010
    You know why, they are not brown or black. If they were from a smaller asian side or west indian players, they would have been punished by the ICC, perhaps even a life ban, to save the integrity of the game. But these guys get a pass after a few tears.
  9. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    their suspensions are from cricket australia. ICC's punishments are WAY less severe than Cricket Aus in this instance. ICC ban for Smith was for one test, CA banned them for international and Australian domestic cricket only for a year. They could've played in IPL if teams wanted them to
  10. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Global T20 League Canada schedule, teams, fixtures, live telecast, squads: All you need to know

    The global T20 league will be played in Canada this year and T20 stars from around the world will be participating in the tournament. Each team will feature four Canadian players along with other international cricketers. The tournament will kick off on June 28 and six teams – Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Edmonton Royals, Vancouver Knights, Winnipeg Hawks and a representative side from the Caribbean – will compete in a round-robin format. These sides will play each other in a 30-game competition that will be followed by the playoffs. All matches will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, a cricket-specific facility with a capacity of 7,000 seats.

    Some of the big names who are participating in the tournament are Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi, David Miller, Keiron Pollard, Chris Lynn, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell. The tournament will also feature former Australian captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner. Both the Australian cricketers were banned from international cricket for 12 months following a ball-tampering saga.

    Apart from the players, prominent coaches Tom Moody and Waqar Younis Montreal Tigers and Winnipeg Eagles respectively. Toronto Nationals’ coaching duties will be taken up by former West Indies coach Phil Simmions, with former Pakistan pacer and having coached Peshwar Zalmi, Mohammad Akram will be a part of Edmonton Royals. Jamaican coach Donovan Miller will look after Vancouver Knights, rounding out the coaching positions.

    Canadian captain Nitish Kumar and wicket-keeper Hamza Tariq, who have experience of playing high-level professional cricket have asked the fans to come out and support them.“It’s an exciting opportunity not just for us players but the entire Canada cricket fraternity to come out and support in numbers. They will get exposed to local and stars from all over the world and this has the potential to be the start of something special, so definitely want fans to be part of this journey with us.”

    Where can one watch Canada global T20 League Live streaming on TV?
    Canada global T20 League Live streaming will be telecast on DSports. For online live streaming follow Sony Liv.

    Here are the teams and their squads

    Edmonton Royals

    Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Christiaan Jonker, Wayne Parnell, Asif Ali, Hasan Khan, Agha Salman, Shaiman Anwar, Ammar Khalid, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Ahmed Raza, Simon Pervez, Abraash Khan.

    Montreal Tigers

    Lasith Malinga, Sunil Narine, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Hafeez, Denesh Ramdin, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, George Worker, Najibullah Zadran, Cecil Pervez, Ibrahim Khaleel, Dillon Heyliger, Nicholas Kirton, Rayyan Pathan.

    Toronto Nationals

    Darren Sammy, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Nikhil Dutta, Johnson Charles, Kesrick Williams, Naved Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Farhan Malik, Nitish Kumar, Usama Mir, Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Umair Ghani.

    Vancouver Knights

    Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee, Chadwick Walton, Fawad Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Sheldon Cottrell, Saad Bin Zafar, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeratne, Kamau Leverock, Steven Jacobs, Salman Nazar, Rassie van der Dussen, Jeremy Gordon.

    Winnipeg Hawks

    Dwayne Bravo, David Miller, David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Ben McDermott, Ali Khan, Hamza Tariq, Junaid Siddiqui, Tion Webster, Rizwan Cheema, Hiral Patel, Mark Deyal, Kyle Phillip.

    Cricket West Indies B team

    Anthony Bramble, Fabian Allen, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Justin Greaves, Derval Green, Kavem Hodge, Brandon King, Jeremiah Louis, Obed Mcoy, Khary Pierre, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Shamar Springer.

    Date Time Canada Global T20 League Schedule Teams
    Round 1 Fixtures

    Thu. June 28 5PM Match 1 Toronto Nationals vs. Vancouver Knights
    Fri. June 29 5PM Match 2 Montreal Tigers vs. Winnipeg Hawks
    Sat. June 30 11AM Match 3 Toronto Nationals vs. Edmonton Royals
    Sat. June 30 3PM Match 4 Montreal Tigers vs. Cricket West Indies(Team B)
    Sun. July 1 11AM Match 5 Vancouver Knights
    vs. Winnipeg Hawks
    Sun. July 1 3PM Match 6 Edmonton Royals vs. Cricket Wes
    West Indies(Team B)
    Mon. July 2 11AM Match 7 Toronto National vs. Winnipeg Hawks
    Mon. July 2 3PM Match 8 Montreal Tigers vs. Vancouver Knights
    Tue. July 3 5PM Match 9 Montreal Tigers vs. Edmonton Royals
    Wed. July 4 5PM Match 10 Winnipeg Hawks vs. Cricket West Indies(Team B)
    Thu. July 5 5PM Match 11 Vancouver Knights vs. Edmonton Royals
    Fri. July 6 11AM Match 12 Toronto Nationals vs. Cricket West Indies(Team B)
    Fri. July 6 3PM Match 13 Winnipeg Hawks vs. Edmonton Royals
    Sat. July 7 11AM Match 14 Vancouver Knights vs. Cricket West Indies(Team B)
    Sat. July 7 3PM Match 15 Toronto Nationals vs. Montreal Tigers
    Round 2 Fixtures
    Sun. July 8 11AM Match 1 1st place vs. 6th place
    Sun. July 8 3PM Match 2 2nd place vs. 5th place
    Tue. July 10 5PM Match 3 3rd place vs. 4th place
    Playoffs & Final Fixtures
    Thur. July 12 5PM Playoff 1 1st vs 2nd
    Fri. July 13 5PM Playoff 2 3rd vs 4th
    Sat. July 14 2PM Playoff 3 Loser 1 vs Win 2
    Sun. July 15 2PM Final Final
  11. zkhan427

    zkhan427 Smooth Operator

    Oct 2, 2012
    I hope I can make it up to Canada. Maybe not the best cricket but it would be nice since I haven't been to any matches
  12. Del

    Del Cornered Tiger

    Dec 21, 2016
    A colleague told me about this today, saying that he's going on the game on the weekend and asked me if I want to come. But I said, I love my sleep more, so thanks but no thanks :D .
  13. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Excitement builds over Global T-20 cricket tournament

    Cricket Canada has high hopes for the Global T20 Canada tournament.

    “I believe this is a beginning of building Canada as a cricket nation,” said Canada Cricket president Ranjit Saini.

    West Indies Stars' Darren Sammy, left, coach of the Toronto Nationals, and Chris Gayle, coach of the Vancouver Knights speak to media during the Global T20 Cricket news conference in Toronto on Wednesday. (Neil Davidson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
    The Mercuri Group, an India-based media and talent management company that is the driving force behind the Canadian event, is looking to find a profitable window in the crowded cricket calendar.

    The inaugural six-team tournament opens Thursday and runs through July 15 with 96 cricketers drawn from around the globe and across Canada. With broadcast partners only announced Tuesday, it feels like organizers have arrived at the starting line huffing and puffing.

    “We’re down the rabbit-hole now,” tournament director Jason Harper said.

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    “For us there’s a market. There’s interest by the international cricket community, there’s interest by the players and there’s interest by the fans here. Why not? It’s a fact-finding mission. We’ll see how it goes. It will develop.”

    A diplomatic Saini said he was “generally satisfied” by the arrangements to date, saying they would improve in time.

    The Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Winnipeg Hawks, Edmonton Royals and Vancouver Knights join a Cricket West Indies B team at the tournament, which will take place at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club north of Toronto in King City.

    West Indies’ Darren Sammy (Toronto), Chris Gayle (Vancouver) and Dwayne Bravo (Winnipeg), Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga (Montreal) and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (Edmonton) offer star power as team captains.

    Disgraced former Australia captain Steve Smith (Toronto) and vice-captain David Warner (Winnipeg) offer some sizzle as they return to action after a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that earned them one-year bans from Cricket Australia — although they are allowed to play club cricket overseas.

    Each of the five domestic teams features four Canadians. The number of Canadians is expected to rise in future years with Mercuri helping with the training and development of local talent.

    Canadians who want to watch will have to sign up for CBN, one of Asian Television Network’s 55 channels here, or watch online via Hotstar. There are also broadcast partners in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Middle East, Caribbean, Australia and United Kingdom.

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    A normal T20 match lasts between three and 3 1/2 hours — “about the same time as a baseball game but there’s a lot more happening during the T20 game,” Harper notes.

    “It’s vibrant, it’s loud, it’s colourful, it’s consistent action,” he said. “There could be a six, a four, a wicket at any moment. Because in those 120 balls the batting team is trying to get as many runs as possible and in those 120 balls the bowling team is trying to get as many wickets as possible … That adds an element of theatre to the game — that big finish.”

    Tickets start at $30 and go all the way up to $22,124 for an air-conditioned box that seats 20. A season pass for one will cost you from $475 to $1,555 depending on what package you pick.

    Saini said the Canadian governing body had been looking for this kind of project the last 10 years.

    Cricket Canada met with Mercuri officials during the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India with Mercuri coming back to them last year. A November meeting in New York produced a memorandum of understanding that turned into a 25-year licensing agreement.

    Cricket Canada gets a lump payment each year in addition to Mercuri’s player development help.

    The five Canadian teams each have a salary budget of $550,000 (U.S.) with individual pay ranging from $100,000 to $3,000 depending on where the player was drafted. Cricket West Indies is taking care of its own squad.

    Nikhil Dutta is the highest-drafted Canadian player in the league at $25,000.

    Compare those figures to the elite Indian Premier League, whose teams have a $17-million salary cap.

    Asked why Mercuri choose Canada, Harper said: “Look at the demographics.

    Add to that the popularity of T20, “proven to be tailored for television, the most exciting version of the game,” according to Harper.

    “We sat with Cricket Canada and they were confident, they convinced us that we have enough fans here, we have enough people here who we can build a tournament around. Because you can’t start a business without a market.”

    Harper, who has soccer experience with CONCACAF, previously was operations manager and CEO of the Barbados Tridents cricket team in the Caribbean Premier League. Married to a Canadian, he moved to Toronto in December 2015 from the Cayman Islands.

    The Canadian teams are coached by Jamaica’s Donovan Miller (Vancouver), Trinidad’s Phil Simmons (Toronto), Pakistan’s Waqar Younis (Winnipeg), Australia’s Tom Moody (Montreal) and Pakistan’s Mohammad Akram (Edmonton).
  14. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Global T20 Canada cricket tourney prepares for second round

    KING CITY, ONT.—The second round of the Global T20 Canada cricket tournament gets underway Tuesday at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, with a development side from the Caribbean leading the table ahead of teams featuring top cricket talent.

    Here’s a look at the teams at the halfway point of the event:

    Vancouver Knights Evin Lewis bats against the Toronto Nationals in the first inning of their Global T20 Canada Cricket match in King City. The second round of the tourney begins play on Tuesday. (Fred Thornhill / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    It appeared the other teams were caught napping by the young Caribbean side until Jamaican superstar Chris Gayle and the Vancouver Knights handed the young Windies their first loss of the tournament on Sunday. Led by up-and-coming players Justin Greaves, Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy, the Windies were the first team to clinch a playoff spot at the tournament.


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    Gayle leads a Vancouver team which has a number of first-choice West Indies T20 players, including the powerhouse all-rounder Andre Russell as well as Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat. Holding Vancouver’s batting together has been South African pro Rassie van der Dussen, who has been in good touch throughout the tournament.


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    Edmonton’s strength is built around their bowling, with the Pakistani duo of swing-bowler Sohail Tanvir and the seven-foot-two left-arm quick Mohammad Irfan starting off proceedings. The wily spin of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi adds to the bowling depth. As good as he’s been with the ball in his career, Afridi showed off his booming bat in a three-ball, 13 run cameo Sunday to help the Royals to a close win over Winnipeg.


    Winnipeg have lost their captain the globe-trotting star, Dwayne Bravo, who played three matches and then set off for England to play for Middlesex in the Twenty20 Cup. Bravo handed the captaincy over to David Warner, who was stripped of the Australian vice-captaincy and suspended for his role in a ball-tampering controversy between Australia and South Africa in March of this year. Warner has had a shockingly poor tournament offensively, but Winnipeg is buoyed by having the tournament’s leading run-scorer Lendl Simmons. The West Indies star has compiled 215 runs in his five matches. Winnipeg also has a potent fast bowling attack with former West Indies quick Fidel Edwards and American Ali Khan.

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    Toronto boasts the biggest name in the league in former Australian captain Steve Smith, who is also serving a ban from international and domestic cricket due to the ball-tampering scandal. Smith has had a mixed tournament so far with two brilliant half centuries and three low scores. Daren Sammy, the man who led the West Indies to two World T20 titles, captains the Toronto side, which also has Kieron Pollard. Toronto-born Nitish Kumar has put up considerable numbers, including hammering 46 crucial runs off only 23 balls in Toronto’s win over Montreal on Sunday. The late edition of young spinner Usama Mir from Pakistan could make Toronto a tough side to contend with.


    Montreal are at the bottom of the table despite the excellent play Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga. The veteran fast-bowler is topping the bowling charts with 12 wickets in his five matches. The Royals kick off the second round against the Windies B squad, and a win could put Montreal back into contention.

    The top four teams will advance to the playoffs, which begin Thursday
  15. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Zafar stars as clinical Knights lift Canada T20 title

    Saad Bin Zafar's all-round efforts, Sheldon Cottrell and Fawad Ahmed's fine bowling performance, and a solid knock from Rassie van der Dussen helped Vancouver Knights lift the maiden Global T20 Canada title following a seven-wicket win over Cricket West Indies B team at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City on Sunday (July 15). Having restricted CWI B to 145, Knights got over the line with 2.3 overs to spare.

    Cottrell and Zafar did the early damage after Knights opted to bowl, reducing the Caribbean side to 30 for 3. Having managed only 37 in the first six overs, CWI B lost two more wickets after the powerplay to be reeling at 53 for 5. A 34-run stand for the sixth wicket between Kavem Hodge and Anthony Bramble aided in CWI B's recovery but it wasn't allowed to continue as Fawad struck in quick succession and finished with excellent figures of 3 for 24 from his four overs.

    That CWI B managed to finish with a total in excess of 140 was due to Fabian Allen's blitz as he struck a 23-ball 41, including three fours and three sixes. However, once he was dismissed by Zafar, CWI B couldn't do much in the death, with Cottrell mopping up the tail to finish with 4 for 29, bowling out CWI B in the 18th over.

    Knights didn't have an ideal start to the chase as Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle and Ben Dunk fell cheaply to leave them at 22 for 3. But Zafar and van der Dussen came up with a crucial partnership to get Knights back on track in the chase.

    Zafar played the role of an aggressor, dealing in regular boundaries to bring up a 32-ball fifty. He collected eight fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 48-ball stay for 79 runs. Van der Dussen, who was happy to play second fiddle in the undefeated 126-run stand, hit the winning runs with a four off Allen in the 18th over to remain not out on 44.

    Brief scores: CWI B 145 in 17.4 overs (Fabian Allen 41; Sheldon Cottrell 4-29, Fawad Ahmed 3-24) lost to Vancouver Knights 148/3 in 17.3 overs (Saad Bin Zafar 79*, Rassie van der Dussen 44*; Derval Green 2-20) by 7 wickets.
  16. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Five takeaways from Global T20 Canada

    Sandpapergate karma

    Two of the biggest names to lend legitimacy to the inaugural edition of the tournament were Steven Smith and David Warner, available due to their Cricket Australia ban handed down in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco from earlier this year. Unfortunately, their rehabilitation tour did not go entirely to plan.

    Despite scoring a half-century on tournament debut, Smith's Toronto Nationals side lacked chemistry and eventually finished last. Warner scored 12 runs in his first five innings for Winnipeg Hawks, finding strange ways to get out. He finally came around with scores of 42 and 55 against Edmonton Royals to take Hawks into a de facto semi-final with Vancouver Knights before reverting to his earlier form, bagging a golden duck to open the chase in a loss that knocked them out of the tournament.

    Mandatory Associate picks is a good rule

    Copying off part of the model used by the Hong Kong T20 Blitz and the Caribbean Premier League, each of the five franchise teams (excluding the West Indies B side), was forced to draft two Associate players in their squads. Four players from UAE, three from USA, two from Hong Kong, and one from Nepal got great opportunities to show they can stand toe-to-toe with high profile stars.

    At the top of the list was Sandeep Lamichhane. The Nepalese legspinner's stock rose higher with Montreal Tigers after his three-game stint with Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. Another Associate star who shone in a big way was Hong Kong captain Babar Hayat from the champion Vancouver Knights, who finished with 146 runs at 36.50 and a strike-rate of 175.90.

    Perhaps most exciting was the revival of USA's Ali Khan, whose consistently threatening new-ball swing and yorker death spells for Hawks got him a CPL recall on Monday, when he was announced as replacement for Ronsford Beaton with Trinbago Knight Riders. These three showed what kind of talent is out there in the Associate world if given an opportunity.

    No mandatory Canada players is not a good rule

    The positive steps to include more Associate players broadly were counterbalanced by the lack of a mandate to have Canada players in the starting XI. Four Canada players had to be drafted according to the Global T20 Canada league rules, but there was no requirement to play them. It meant there was extra emphasis on "Global" and not so much on "Canada" when teams took the field.

    Canada captain Nitish Kumar and Saad Bin Zafar, who was Man of the Match in Knights' title victory with 2 for 26 and an unbeaten 79, were the only two Canada players to play every match for their franchise. Otherwise, a total of 12 local players took the field in a combined 23 games while some quality talent sat on the bench.

    Ruvindu Gunasekera, a hard-hitting opener, spent the last two Canada winters playing first-class cricket in Sri Lanka and topped the Sri Lanka T20 charts this spring with 272 runs at an average of 136, striking four fifties in five innings. Srimantha Wijeratne scored an unbeaten hundred against a Nepal attack led by Lamichhane at WCL Division Two in February. Neither saw a match for the Knights. Hamza Tariq, who has a CPL contract with Trinbago Knight Riders, sat behind Hawks' first choice keeper Ben McDermott all tournament.

    West Indies B players got tremendous opportunities to develop on the field, thanks to a league tie-in with Cricket West Indies. Most would not have gotten to play under normal circumstances, considering 23 other West Indians were taken in the draft ahead of them. They made the most of their good fortune though, to make it all the way to the final. Those opportunities need to happen for Canada players too, especially since its their own franchise competition.

    Get a better facility than King City

    The best way to describe Maple Leaf Cricket Club might be "last option available". There is little permanent infrastructure on site, whether that is practice nets, stadium seating, a TV broadcast and media centre, or food concession stalls and toilets.

    It's also an hour's drive north to get there, even more if traffic bottlenecks due to its entrance on a single-lane road. Characterising Maple Leaf CC in King City as being a ground in Toronto is like saying an English T20 competition played in Reading is actually in London.

    Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini claimed when the league was announced in February that organisers were looking at venue options in, or near, downtown Toronto. These included the far better resourced and geographically more appealing Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club, which staged the late 1990s Sahara Cups between India and Pakistan. But considering Cricket Canada's lukewarm relationship with TCC, no deal was reached.

    Finding a better facility in Toronto to hold matches, let alone good facilities in other Canadian cities, should be high priority, but it's hard to tell if it is so. Mercuri Canada director Ashit Patel said in a video interview that he envisions taking league games to "Vancouver or maybe someday a game in New York." It's difficult to see how playing games in New York will achieve the Mercuri Group's oft-stated aim of investing in Canadian cricket to help them qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

    Define the target market

    Who are the fans the league organisers are trying to gain the attention of? The rights to show the matches in Canada went to Asian Television Network, who put it on a subsidiary channel called Commonwealth Broadcasting Network, which is billed as a channel specialising in cricket content.

    CBN is only accessible as a pay-per-view channel, with a cost of $4 to $7 per month depending on the provider, meaning it is not even included in the South Asian speciality bundles let alone the standard cable packages. The point is, only hardcore fans sold on or actively seeking out cricket content were likely to access it instead of the broader Canadian public, which helps paint a better picture of what happened on the ground at King City.

    Midweek matches initially had a 4 pm local start time ostensibly to draw a post-work crowd, but after dismal turnouts totalling in the 200-400 range at the 7000 seat pop-up stadium, start times for midweek games were moved to 11 am, seemingly in an effort to catch the attention of the Indian TV market instead (an 8:30 pm audience in Mumbai). It also didn't help that the cheapest weekend doubleheader ticket cost USD 50, while the least expensive ticket for a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game against the visiting New York Yankees that same weekend was USD 34.

    Organisers also strangely tried to spin the lack of fans turning up as a positive, saying the players enjoyed the privacy of Canada compared to their home markets. The saving grace was the final, which was close to a sellout with about 6500 people in attendance, totals that matched the entire tournament attendance up to that point. But if there is no meaningful attempt to cultivate local interest, and Indian TV eyeballs are paramount to the success or failure of the business operation instead, staging a league in Madagascar instead of Ontario achieves the same purpose.

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