T20 is the most exciting and popular format of the modern day cricket. All the factors like viewership, the sponsors, etc. all point towards the same. Due to its short duration and unpredictable nature, T20 is often considered to be the future of cricket. It’s due to these reasons that apart from the competitive international games and tournaments, every major cricket playing country has a flourishing cricket leagues. IPL (Indian Premier League), BBL (Big Bash League), BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) etc. are the few names which comes to the mind instantly. The newest entrant in this category is the inaugural Canadian T20 League named Global T20 Canada.
Key Attractions of T20 Tournament Canada
Apart from it being the first of its kind event in Canada, the Global T20 Canada is also special because of the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to competitive cricket. Both of them were banned by the Cricket Australia due to suspension for their role in the ball tempering scandal that happened. Also, many T20 specialists of the past and the present will display their prowess over the course of the tournament. Major crowd-pullers will be Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Lasith Malinga, etc.
Pitch Prediction – Global T20 Canada
All the matches are to be played on the Maple Leaf Crickets Club Ground. The ground has a seating capacity of 7, 000 people. The pitch is expected to wear down as the contest progresses. This will make the pitch slow and uneven. In the subcontinent that would mean heaven for the spinners and vice-versa for the pacers. But the Canadian surroundings are expected to assist the seamers while the pitch will assist the spinners later on. Our Global T20 Canada pitch prediction is that the batsmen will have a hard time scoring against the quality bowlers. However, the small ground will definitely go in the batsmen’s favor.
Global T20 Canada Rules
• 6 teams – 5 Canadian and 1 Cricket West Indies Representative Team.
• 1 Marquee Player for each team.
• 22 Matches to be played.
• Round Robin Format during the group stages followed by playoffs and championship match at the end.
• Starting Date 28 June. End Date 15 July.
Global T20 Canada
The full squad list of each team are given below. The team representing the Caribbean is yet to be announced.
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.
Coach: Mohammad Akram
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.
Coach: Tom Moody.
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.
Coach: Phil Simmons.
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.
Coach: Donovan Miller.
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.
Coach: Waqar Younis.
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