ICC given green light to Cricket Canada’s T20 league

Vastavam web: The ICC has given green light to Cricket Canada’s ambitious maiden venture Global T20 Canada, which is expected to be held in July this year with three venues being earmarked in Toronto.The three venues are Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (where Sahara Cup was played for three seasons between India and Pakistan), Sunnybrook Park, Maple Leaf Cricket Club.According to a media release, the league has been “conceptualised, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Group with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country”.

“The league has also gained official sanction of the International Cricket Council (ICC). With this announcement Cricket Canada becomes the first Associate member of the ICC to set in motion a Twenty20 franchise league in the lucrative North America market.”Cricket Canada has entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement with Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd. This agreement covers not just the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country.Cricket Canada president Mr Ranjit Saini said: Twenty20 Major League Cricket has the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success.