The latest attempt to bring cricket to parts of the world that doesn't always fancy it is the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada 2018. The domestic T20 tournament will be held in Toronto and will feature six teams and some of the finest T20 players in the world.
Canada is not one of the first names that comes to mind when you think of cricket. The first edition of the Global T20 Canada is an attempt to not only change that but also show the next generation in Canada that a pathway to stardom exists while showcasing some of the best T20 players in the world, including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, David Warner and may more.
The tournament begins on June 28 and ends on July 15. All matches will take place at the Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City in Ontario, Toronto. The six teams that will take part in the tournament are the Caribbean All-Stars, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights, and Winnipeg Hawks.
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The tournament will feature a group stage where all six teams will play against each other, which will be the fixtures in round 1. Then there will a round 2 that will see first placed side take on the side in sixth, the team in second playing against the side in fifth position while third and fourth placed teams will take on each other.
Following that the playoffs get underway. This will be an IPL-style format which sees the top two sides take on each other in the first match of the playoffs to see who goes through to the final. The second playoff fixture sees the third and fourth side take on each other. The winner of the second playoff fixture will play the loser of the first to see who is the second team to qualify for the Global T20 Canada final that will take place on July 15. There is also a reserve day for the final.
Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Lasith Malinga, David Miller, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Steve Smith were the marquee players ahead of the Global T20 Canada draft, where the squads for five of the six teams competing in the Global T20 Canada 2018 were decided. The squad for the Caribbean All-Stars team, which will consist exclusively of players from the Caribbean islands will be called as the Cricket West Indies B team has also been announced.
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