The inaugural Global T20 League Canada 2018 is scheduled to be played in Toronto, Canada between June 28 and July 15. The league backed by Cricket Canada aims to promote cricket amongst Canadian youth. Cricket Canada along with the league owner Mercuri limited is targeting game development in the region with eyes on making the Canadian team part of the World Cup 2023. Mercuri Canada limited, the owners of the league, have previously worked with different IPL franchises including Rising Pune Super Giant and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The company that promotes itself as an active player in technology, sports, media and entertainment domains has also been associated with Tennis and Formula 1.
This is the first time an international league of this stature is being played in North America and if this league is a success this could go a long way into brining cricket to the North American region. The region already has a reasonable cricket loving population as it is home to many Asian and Caribbean expats.
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Six teams are set to participate in the inaugural edition in 2018. These are all franchises based on Canadian cities. As per initial reports all franchises are owned by Mercuri but they are planning to rope in franchise owners as part of the progression plan. The six franchises with their key staff are:
Phil Simmons (coach), Darren Sammy (captain)
Steve Smith, Kamran Akmal, Hussain Talat , Rumman Raees, Kieron Pollard (Prominent Players)
Donovan Miller (coach),
Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee, Chadwick Walton, Fawad Ahmed (Prominent Players)
Mohammad Akram (coach)
Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Christiaan Jonker, Wayne Parnell, Asif Ali (Prominent Players)
Tom Moody (coach)
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, Rayyankhan Pathan
Waqar Younis (coach)
Dwayne Bravo, David Miller, David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards, Rayad Emrit (Prominent Players)
CWI represented sixth team comprising West Indies players.
The Global T20 league schedule consists of 22 games. The first round will be held from 28 June to 7 July, the second round from 8 to 10 July and playoffs from 12 to 15 July 2018.
*All times in PST (GMT+5)
29 June, 1:00 AM Toronto Nationals vs Vancouver Knights
30 June, 1:00 AM Montreal Tigers vs Winnipeg Hawks
30 June, 8:00 PM Toronto Nationals vs Edmonton Royals
1 July, 1:00 AM Montreal Tigers vs Cricket West Indies B Team
1 July, 8:00 PM Vancouver Knights vs Winnipeg Hawks
2 July, 1:00 AM Edmonton Royals vs Cricket West Indies B Team
2 July, 8:00 PM Toronto Nationals vs Winnipeg Hawks
3 July, 1:00 AM Montreal Tigers vs Vancouver Knights
5 July, 1:00 AM Montreal Tigers vs Edmonton Royals
6 July, 1:00 AM Winnipeg Hawks vs Cricket West Indies B Team
7 July, 1:00 AM Vancouver Knights vs Edmonton Royals
7 July, 8:00 PM Toronto Nationals vs Cricket West Indies B Team
8 July, 1:00 AM Winnipeg Hawks vs Edmonton Royals
8 July, 8:00 PM Vancouver Knights vs Cricket West Indies B Team
9 July, 1:00 AM Toronto Nationals vs Montreal Tigers
10 July, 8:00 PM 1st Place v 6th Place
11 July, 1:00 AM 2nd Place vs 5th Place
12 July, 1:00 AM 3rd Place vs 4th Place
12 July, 8:00 PM Playoff 1, 1st Place vs 2nd Place
13 July, 1:00 AM Playoff 2, 3rd Place vs 4th Place
15 July, 12 AM Playoff 3, Loser Playoff 1 vs Winner Playoff 2
16 July, 12 AM Winner Playoff 1 vs Winner Playoff 3