Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands to play in a new T20 League
The boards of Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland has confirmed the participation of their players in the European T20 Franchise League.
Nowadays T20 leagues are the most common elements in the game all around the world. They have a significant importance on promoting the game all around the globe.
In the list of those leagues, a new T20 league called European T20 Franchise League has been added as a new member. Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland will jointly conduct the league. The league will feature two teams from each country and the games will be played in round robin phase followed by the knock out games.
Ireland CEO Warren Deurtom said, “We are very excited that what has essentially been an 18-month project in planning is across the line. The quality and competitive performances in white-ball cricket played by the three nations involved has been on full display over recent years, and we saw a joint competition as the best means of ensuring that there would be high quality cricket for the players and fans to enjoy.”
As the three nations are trying hard to build a unique place for them in the world cricket, this initiative looks like a positive one for them. Further the league will be played from 30th August to 22nd September which is one month prior to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers.
“The chance to play alongside some of the best in the business will provide a great opportunity for our players to learn and develop their own skillset as we strive to achieve Full Membership and climb the ICC team rankings. The league also comes at an important time of year for Scotland, with the proposed time frame presenting an opportunity to play quality competitive cricket ahead of the T20 WC Global Qualifier in UAE in October” said Cricket Scotland CEO Malcom Cannon.
KNCB Chair Betty Timmer added, “In recent months, the three cricket boards have shown that European cooperation is possible and we thank Cricket Ireland for this great initiative to put T20 cricket in Europe on the map. For some time, Ireland and Scotland have been competitive opponents and we need each other to continue to perform at a high level. This new T20 league is a great opportunity for the Dutch players to gain more T20 experience at a high level and to play in a team with highly experienced international cricketers.”