A number of cricketing stars have been picked by teams of Global T20 Canada in the players’ draft. Suspended David Warner and Steve Smith are among the players who will play the new IPL-style league. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ গ্লোবাল টি-২০ এর ৮০ ক্রিকেটারের নাম প্রকাশ]
Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi and Dwayne Bravo were picked in the first round of the draft. Later on, T20 stars like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Miller and Chris Lynn were picked.
Smith and Warner were suspended for a year by Cricket Australia after ball-tampering allegations. However, they are allowed to play domestic cricket abroad. Smith will feature for Darren Sammy’s Toronto Nationals. Warner will play for Winnipeg Hawks.
All six participating teams are Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Vancouver Knights, Edmonton Royals, Winnipeg Hawks and Cricket West Indies. The tournament will start on June 28. All the matches will be played at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The final will be played on July 15, same day as the FIFA World Cup Final will be played in Moscow.
The Canadian league was sanctioned by ICC earlier this year. The tournament will give an exposure to Canadian cricketers and also the foreigners to the fans in Canada.
Edmonton Royals: 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
Montreal Tigers: 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.
Toronto Nationals: 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.
Vancouver Knights: 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.
Winnipeg Hawks: 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.
*Cricket West Indies representative team yet to be named