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    Eleven Pakistani players drafted into squads for Global T20 Canada (+ Steve Smith and David Warner)

    Edmonton Royals: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Asif Ali, Hasan Khan, Agha Salman

    Montreal Tigers: Mohammad Hafeez

    Toronto Nationals: Kamran Akmal, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Usama Mir

    Full squads:











    There is one more team that'll be representing Cricket West Indies.


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    What is this crap?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    What is this crap?
    Steve Smith will the prized possession here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    What is this crap?
    Once in a lifetime opportunity for Canadians to see the greatness of Afridi, Hafeez, Kamran and Tanvir.

    @Syed1 Don't miss it.


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    What rubbish!
    Cheap pinlicity stunt esp when you know some of the players will be involved in tri series in zimbabwe.
    Horrendous misdirection.

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    Steve Smith and David Warner selected in Global T20 Canada draft

    Suspended Australia stars Steve Smith and David Warner have both been drafted for the Global T20 Canada tournament ahead of their return to competitive action.

    The former Australia Test captain and vice-captain were handed 12-month bans from international and first-class cricket for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the team's tour of South Africa earlier this year.

    But Smith and Warner are set to feature at Cricket Canada's inaugural Twenty20 competition later this month after the pair were selected in Monday's (AEST) draft.

    Smith was picked by Toronto Nationals in the second round, while Warner was Winnipeg Hawks' choice in the third.

    Warner had already confirmed his intention to play with Sydney grade side Randwick Petersham and in the NT Strike League in Darwin.

    Other stars such as Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dwayne

    Bravo and Evin Lewis will also be involved in Canada following their selections.

    The six-team tournament begins on June 28.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/sport/cric...cid=spartanntp

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    If they can play in Canada's T20 competition, consider them to be a definite part of next year's PSL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    If they can play in Canada's T20 competition, consider them to be a definite part of next year's PSL.
    Nope,next year 10+ matches will be held in Pakistan.I doubt they will come.

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    11 Pakistani players will also feature in our the league including Hussain Talat,Asif Ali,Rumman Raees,Agha Salman and Usama Mir.

    Afridi,Hafeez and Kamran Akmal will also play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    Nope,next year 10+ matches will be held in Pakistan.I doubt they will come.
    10 matches divided by 5 teams. Probably going to miss 2/3 matches.

    Pretty sure they will.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    11 Pakistani players will also feature in our the league including Hussain Talat,Asif Ali,Rumman Raees,Agha Salman and Usama Mir.

    Afridi,Hafeez and Kamran Akmal will also play.
    Don't Talat, Rumman and Hafeez have PCB contracts? That's already one out of their 2-leagues-only quota.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ami View Post
    What rubbish!
    Cheap pinlicity stunt esp when you know some of the players will be involved in tri series in zimbabwe.
    Horrendous misdirection.
    Only 3 Pakistani players will most likely be involved in the tri series(Talat,Asif Ali and Rumman Raees)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakSarZameen View Post
    10 matches divided by 5 teams. Probably going to miss 2/3 matches.

    Pretty sure they will.



    Don't Talat, Rumman and Hafeez have PCB contracts? That's already one out of their 2-leagues-only quota.
    I’m hoping Warner and Smith play the PSL,but I fear they will back out like Watson,Pietersen etc.

    Yeah,Talat and Rumman also are contracted in the CPL.I think they will be allowed to play since they don’t play all 3 formats.
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    How else would you promote cricket in other nations if it isn't by these sorts of means?

    Hope its a success, best of luck Canada

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    Yes, finally some cricket games in Canada! You can bet on me being there! This is a great way to promote cricket in Canada and also will be a great experience for the young Canadian cricketers on the teams.

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    Unless this helps promote cricket into school level of every corner of Canada then I will consider it a success or else its just a holiday for big players. But local players will love this experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    What is this crap?
    My point exactly

    Where are they even gonna host these games....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CadPakFan View Post
    Yes, finally some cricket games in Canada! You can bet on me being there! This is a great way to promote cricket in Canada and also will be a great experience for the young Canadian cricketers on the teams.
    Cricket will never be popular among locals. I speak cricket with fellow Canadians and they be like ‘what in the world is Cricket”

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    Really wanted my hometown of Montreal to get Afridi looks like we're stuck with Hafeez

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    My point exactly

    Where are they even gonna host these games....
    Batsman Park, Springdale.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    Batsman Park, Springdale.
    in middle of Brown Town

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    in middle of Brown Town
    Come through if you're ready to face the heat.


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    I have to disagree, cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, have a huge cricket loving population,
    People will come out to watch cricket, but scheduling might be an issue, I live in Toronto, and there’s no way I am going to watch cricket in King city, which is 40 min away or with traffic 2 hrs

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    Shahid Afridi,

    Didnt he retire?

    Oh... this is domestic tournament
    Last edited by Oligochaetes; 4th June 2018 at 03:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    Batsman Park, Springdale.
    Where is this? In Brampton?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fawad_wellwisher View Post
    Where is this? In Brampton?
    Yes Brampton. But i doubt they gonna use that ground

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    Come through if you're ready to face the heat.
    Na, Id pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Cricket will never be popular among locals. I speak cricket with fellow Canadians and they be like ‘what in the world is Cricket”
    Is there a big enough desi community to fill the grounds? That will be who the tournament is pitched at.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Cricket will never be popular among locals. I speak cricket with fellow Canadians and they be like ‘what in the world is Cricket”
    I told you just about 6 months back - Cricket is going to be big in Canada😜 it’s just the starting, wait and see. Now Greater Toronto District League has 4 divisions - Elite, Platinum, Gold & Silver. I am “slightly” in touch with a Silver team, who plays their league at Sunney Brook ground. This year, the entry fee was $4000 for the silver league and they had to put lots of clauses to reduce the team numbers!!!!

    There is no “native” Canadian - actually has, 1.5mn whom are given 1st nation status. Rest are immigrants or descended of immigrants- I wrote a long explanation on that.

    In short, you/me are immigrants, our kids will be Canadian, their kids will be native Canadian. As per last census South Asian population origin population is 1.9 mn, more than Chinese origin (from nationality of immigrants, figure you won’t get it - lots of immigrants don’t renew their birthland passport). Out of that 1.9 men, almost a mm in in GTA - at an average US $38000 per capita, that’s an economy of $38bn, higher than most cities in South Asia - take 1% of that as disposable income for sports, it’s $380mn ......

    The player pool of this T20 league is just a glimpse of that economy size & potential - be honest with you and think, if you ever had imagined this pool for a Canadian T20 League (add to that WIN team) at the start.

    Obviously, it’ll need strong visionary leadership & proper planning to nurture cricket in Canada, but it’s possible. Canada is one of the strongest sports nation in world with the highest importance to sports & cultural (activity) developments, and the sports culture is imbedded from junior kindergarten level - people would have surprised if anyone could have told them just about 10 years back that this ice covered country will be ranked higher in field hockey than PAK, but that’s true now!!!!!


    Just wait & see - we need one good tournament and ONT Govt is going to build a world class stadium (& few FC standard stadium) around GTA. Premier is a bit stressed now for the election, if she comes back to office, it’s just a matter of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I told you just about 6 months back - Cricket is going to be big in Canada�� it’s just the starting, wait and see. Now Greater Toronto District League has 4 divisions - Elite, Platinum, Gold & Silver. I am “slightly” in touch with a Silver team, who plays their league at Sunney Brook ground. This year, the entry fee was $4000 for the silver league and they had to put lots of clauses to reduce the team numbers!!!!

    There is no “native” Canadian - actually has, 1.5mn whom are given 1st nation status. Rest are immigrants or descended of immigrants- I wrote a long explanation on that.

    In short, you/me are immigrants, our kids will be Canadian, their kids will be native Canadian. As per last census South Asian population origin population is 1.9 mn, more than Chinese origin (from nationality of immigrants, figure you won’t get it - lots of immigrants don’t renew their birthland passport). Out of that 1.9 men, almost a mm in in GTA - at an average US $38000 per capita, that’s an economy of $38bn, higher than most cities in South Asia - take 1% of that as disposable income for sports, it’s $380mn ......

    The player pool of this T20 league is just a glimpse of that economy size & potential - be honest with you and think, if you ever had imagined this pool for a Canadian T20 League (add to that WIN team) at the start.

    Obviously, it’ll need strong visionary leadership & proper planning to nurture cricket in Canada, but it’s possible. Canada is one of the strongest sports nation in world with the highest importance to sports & cultural (activity) developments, and the sports culture is imbedded from junior kindergarten level - people would have surprised if anyone could have told them just about 10 years back that this ice covered country will be ranked higher in field hockey than PAK, but that’s true now!!!!!


    Just wait & see - we need one good tournament and ONT Govt is going to build a world class stadium (& few FC standard stadium) around GTA. Premier is a bit stressed now for the election, if she comes back to office, it’s just a matter of time.
    Unlike you, I dont live in delusional world. Cricket will never be popular in Canada not in next 20 years. Desis alone will not popularise cricket in Canada.

    Canadians love their Hockey and nothing will change that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt. Rishwat View Post
    Is there a big enough desi community to fill the grounds? That will be who the tournament is pitched at.
    There are about 2+Million or so desis in Canada, mostly in Ontario. Can they fill the ground? Yes they can. But the real problem is lack of infrastructre(stadium) in Canada. Bluejays dome can be use to host Cricket games but it will most likely collide with their schedule. Majority of Indians like me will fill the stands if Indian superstars like Kohli is gonna play or else I wont bother watching some old retired slogger making money in some random T20 league. Pakistani fans might filled the stands for upcoming T20 league and maybe some BD fans, but most Indians will be disinterested as there wont be any Indian players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Unlike you, I dont live in delusional world. Cricket will never be popular in Canada not in next 20 years. Desis alone will not popularise cricket in Canada.

    Canadians love their Hockey and nothing will change that....
    Fair enough - just give an honest answer : did you ever imagine this player pool for the T20 league?

    We can rest aside for 20 years ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Fair enough - just give an honest answer : did you ever imagine this player pool for the T20 league?

    We can rest aside for 20 years ....
    This is just business for some filty rich desis to milk money.

    Lemme ask you onething, International cricket used to play in Toronto regularly between India-Pakistan, how much did it that help to grow games in Canada? Absolute Zilch.

    In Saskatchewan apart from desis, others dont even know there is a game called Cricket. Heck they are so into their Football and Hockey that even popular games like Baseball and Basketball dont get following, and here we are talking about growing cricket. Lets be realistic here, Cricket will never be top sport in Canada, they will continue to be minor sport where only particular section of society play/watch.
    Heck there is not a single broadcaster in Canada that shows Cricket live on Tv, the only way for us Canadians to watch cricket is via stream. The only time i recall someone broadcasting live games was IPL that too was discontinued.
    Cricket might be played in schools in GTA, but outside of that no cares. Hockey is to them what cricket is to us desis.

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    This is a starting point to promote and grow the game in Canada on a commercial level. Nobody is expecting TSN and Sportsnet to start broadcasting the games. Cricket will probably not become a top sport in Canada and yes Hockey rules, but that doesn't mean it can't gain a decent following and get some traction with more tournaments and leagues like this. How do you expect people in Saskatchewan to know what cricket is if it's never been played or shown to them before? This is a good starting point and I'm a bit surprised at all the negativity. It's like people want 50,000 people to pack a stadium and watch a test match in Toronto right off the bat.

    If cricket can grow into a well established Tier II or Tier III sport in Canada that would be a big achievement and viewed as a success.

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    Not exactly great teams there but I'll be excited to finally watch some cricket in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    This is just business for some filty rich desis to milk money.

    Lemme ask you onething, International cricket used to play in Toronto regularly between India-Pakistan, how much did it that help to grow games in Canada? Absolute Zilch.

    In Saskatchewan apart from desis, others dont even know there is a game called Cricket. Heck they are so into their Football and Hockey that even popular games like Baseball and Basketball dont get following, and here we are talking about growing cricket. Lets be realistic here, Cricket will never be top sport in Canada, they will continue to be minor sport where only particular section of society play/watch.
    Heck there is not a single broadcaster in Canada that shows Cricket live on Tv, the only way for us Canadians to watch cricket is via stream. The only time i recall someone broadcasting live games was IPL that too was discontinued.
    Cricket might be played in schools in GTA, but outside of that no cares. Hockey is to them what cricket is to us desis.

    Wrong example in both cases - Canada played Soccer WC in 1986, and now still we are failing to make the first cut against Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica & Honduras .... because it's stuck after a certain level. May be 2026 WC in Canada can take it to next level. IND-PAK Sahara cup stopped after 3 seasons, therefore continuation wasn't there. Besides, in mid 90s, population (immigrants) from Cricketing nations were less than 50K in GTA, now it's over 1 mn and fastest growing community.

    Saskatchewan example actually perfectly explains what I am saying. That sate (& City) are the area of Canada with highest % of East European immigrants - Russians, Ukrainians, Polish, Romanians, Lithuanians, Armenians and Belorussians + a good number of Germans from Communist era. These people and their next generation are more into soccer, ice hockey than Baseball & Basketball (Manitoba as well actually). If that's possible for a State with half the population of GTA, why with 2mn+ cricket playing population (of countries) can't make it?

    One point I see you making every time is International standard stadium - mate, how long does it take to build a stadium? I am from Bangladesh and we had one Stadium at Dhaka from 1955, which was shared for Cricket and Soccer for 50+ years. In last 10 years, we have built 6 cricket specific dedicated grounds and all of those are Test status - despite the economic reality and extreme scarcity of land.

    Regarding broadcasting, I think you are ill informed or taking a chance - sorry. I have seen IPL in Sportsnet world in 2014; and now through IP Tv, basically every cricket channel is available and quite cheap. A Rogers/Bell premium connection costs around $60 + Tax; for an IP Tv, it costs now around $15/month + one time subscription, through which you can watch a set of channels from your country and sports channels of your own interest. 2015 WC was broadcast by Sportsnet, 2019 will be broadcast by 2 channels - Sportsnet, and ATN.

    Sportsnet discontinued IPL purely because of Canadian telecommunication law, that doesn't allow blocking of live streaming - instead of paying extra $25/month for Sportsnet world, people can watch cricket free from streaming - why should Rogers media continue that? Besides, we (Mobile operators) have promoted Broadband as such that it's cannibalizing other services - TV channels are a losing concern for Bell & Rogers; when you can get 500Mbps download speed for unlimited data, for a monthly price of $35!!!!!! Add Netflix & few other such, add Amazon sticker for a total cost of $25-30/month, add $15 for IP TV - you are basically getting access to almost 1000 global channels for less than $60/month - that too without any contract! I have taken Rogers Tv for 2 months, for total $60, because CBC & TSN is broadcasting WC 2018, and I'll discontinue for a months, until EPL season starts.

    Don't catch me for minor points on this - but you can guess, what is my sources of those prices. I can tell you that one Russian channel shows their own game in Canada - Bandy. Anyway, you are trying to prove Cricket has no future in Canada - I am trying to give you counter logic for each of your concerns; it's up to you to accept or ignore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    This is just business for some filty rich desis to milk money.

    Lemme ask you onething, International cricket used to play in Toronto regularly between India-Pakistan, how much did it that help to grow games in Canada? Absolute Zilch.

    In Saskatchewan apart from desis, others dont even know there is a game called Cricket. Heck they are so into their Football and Hockey that even popular games like Baseball and Basketball dont get following, and here we are talking about growing cricket. Lets be realistic here, Cricket will never be top sport in Canada, they will continue to be minor sport where only particular section of society play/watch.
    Heck there is not a single broadcaster in Canada that shows Cricket live on Tv, the only way for us Canadians to watch cricket is via stream. The only time i recall someone broadcasting live games was IPL that too was discontinued.
    Cricket might be played in schools in GTA, but outside of that no cares. Hockey is to them what cricket is to us desis.
    Using Saskatchewan is a wrong example here, we have a proper Cricket League going on, maybe not as good as Toronto Premier Division but we are not too far behind. Locals are not playing Cricket atm but they do know what exactly is cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badsha001 View Post
    Using Saskatchewan is a wrong example here, we have a proper Cricket League going on, maybe not as good as Toronto Premier Division but we are not too far behind. Locals are not playing Cricket atm but they do know what exactly is cricket.
    Cricket will be known in GTA only mosty due to desi population. My point im making is Cricket will not become top 3 sport in Canada cause it has no history nor locals find any connection. Saskatchewan example completely justifies as in Canada hockey is only game that binds the entire nation and I dont see any other sport challenging that top spot. The other three or four sports that have significant following is Baseball, Basketball, and CFL. Cricket is very popular among immigrant desis or first generation, but as newer generation will be more inclined towards other sports. I myself find Baseball more attractive than useless bilaterals that we are seeing in cricket these days. Apart from World events and IPL, i find other series pretty meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Cricket will be known in GTA only mosty due to desi population. My point im making is Cricket will not become top 3 sport in Canada cause it has no history nor locals find any connection. Saskatchewan example completely justifies as in Canada hockey is only game that binds the entire nation and I dont see any other sport challenging that top spot. The other three or four sports that have significant following is Baseball, Basketball, and CFL. Cricket is very popular among immigrant desis or first generation, but as newer generation will be more inclined towards other sports. I myself find Baseball more attractive than useless bilaterals that we are seeing in cricket these days. Apart from World events and IPL, i find other series pretty meaningless.
    Are you sure Cricket is among top 3 sports in it's birth land England these days? It doesn't need to be actually, GTA has enough cricket loving base for the game to survive. If you are asking Canada to compete like AUS, SAF or NZ in cricket, it won't happen ever because the game itself isn't growing much. Also, to develop this game one needs to play long FC games for 3/4 days and 7-8 hours/day, which in this millennium impossible to introduce in a new country. But, cricket has good market and a decent following - one can build on that. For an example I can tell you that if the upcoming Asia Cup is played in Canada, it'll be super hit.

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    LeBronto has a pretty good team.

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    Using Saskatchewan is a wrong example here, we have a proper Cricket League going on, maybe not as good as Toronto Premier Division but we are not too far behind. Locals are not playing Cricket atm but they do know what exactly is cricket.
    I didn't know that. I do know, they play lots of cricket at Vancouver (when it doesn't rain) but didn't know about Saskatchewan. Is there any league at Regina as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Are you sure Cricket is among top 3 sports in it's birth land England these days? It doesn't need to be actually, GTA has enough cricket loving base for the game to survive. If you are asking Canada to compete like AUS, SAF or NZ in cricket, it won't happen ever because the game itself isn't growing much. Also, to develop this game one needs to play long FC games for 3/4 days and 7-8 hours/day, which in this millennium impossible to introduce in a new country. But, cricket has good market and a decent following - one can build on that. For an example I can tell you that if the upcoming Asia Cup is played in Canada, it'll be super hit.
    First Canada need to build at least two 30-35K seater worldclass stadiums in order to host such a series. Secondly, it wont happen even if they get the infrastructure as games will be broadcasted when S Asia will be asleep, meaning lot of loss in revenue. No broadcaster would want to lose money. Even if they host D/N games it wont garner same eyeballs.

    As far as ur first point that Cricket will survive in GTA alone then i have no doubt with it, Canada will be like a market where some Intl teams might play some exhibition games and/or exhibition Franchise league games, apart from Canadian T20 league. Canada will never have top quality international team due to lack of talent plus funds going into game. Those who represent Canada actually have full time jobs that sums up the condition of game in Canada. You wont see full time hockey player having full time job.
    Cricket will be like field hockey, they will always take part in world events mostly consists of desis but will never achieve anything significant. Just a team made up of bunch of desis who pad up during weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I didn't know that. I do know, they play lots of cricket at Vancouver (when it doesn't rain) but didn't know about Saskatchewan. Is there any league at Regina as well?
    There are some local teams playing in Regina ( I was part of one team and we mostly practise in UoR indoor arena with carpet pitch) but most of them are just casual players. Hardly anyone have fitness or skills to represent Canada at international level. Lets put it this way, they play for fun and kinda like African kids play basketball on their backyard court.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    First Canada need to build at least two 30-35K seater worldclass stadiums in order to host such a series. Secondly, it wont happen even if they get the infrastructure as games will be broadcasted when S Asia will be asleep, meaning lot of loss in revenue. No broadcaster would want to lose money. Even if they host D/N games it wont garner same eyeballs.

    As far as ur first point that Cricket will survive in GTA alone then i have no doubt with it, Canada will be like a market where some Intl teams might play some exhibition games and/or exhibition Franchise league games, apart from Canadian T20 league. Canada will never have top quality international team due to lack of talent plus funds going into game. Those who represent Canada actually have full time jobs that sums up the condition of game in Canada. You wont see full time hockey player having full time job.
    Cricket will be like field hockey, they will always take part in world events mostly consists of desis but will never achieve anything significant. Just a team made up of bunch of desis who pad up during weekends.
    Stadium explanation I gave few times, won't reiterate. But, broadcasting timing is exactly where I think the opportunity lies, for T20s definitely.

    A T20 game takes about 4 hours. Between June to SEP, it's possible to play cricket in GTA between 9 AM to 8 PM with out artificial lights. And, South Asia is actually 9 to 10 hours ahead of EST (Toronto time) - which gives us two windows. Game can start at 9-10 AM, which is 7-8PM in BD (PAK one hour less, IND/SRL in between) which is exactly the time they start PLs & SLs. Other window, is D/N fixture, which starts at 7 PM (though in bright day light), which is 5 AM in Dhaka, 4 AM in PAK and people can wake up early, watch the game & start for office by 8:30. 1992 WC was in AUS/NZ and the Day games started at similar time - at least I can say TV audience in BD increased multiple times and office attendance didn't suffer (but I bunked school

    Besides, in South Asia, we have fixed weekend - Friday to Sunday (Friday in BD - God knows when they'll change it), which gives another unique opportunity - schedule BD & AFG games (ODI) even on Thursday, so that people can watch it till 4 AM Friday morning, while others can start FRI/SAT/SUN day - keep MON-WED free. Also, in Canada, most immigrants (people) don't have a fixed weekends - they work 5 days out of 7, and lots of people actually work in SAT/SUN - which means, even if you organize games on working days, there'll be people attending. In Canada, you have flexi hours, half day work ... which isn't there in South Asia, and it takes 30-45 minutes for most people to reach home from work/school unlike often 2/3 hours in major South Asian cities - on game days, people can take couple of hours early break, or schedule office sometimes between 6am to 8pm (I actually often do from 7 AM to 3PM and my wife 10 to 6....), there are home office options .... and you can exchange your schedule with co workers, just in case.

    Look, I do agree that expanding cricket in Canada like South Asia might be tough or near impossible, and this country will never be ENG/AUS/IND/PAK/BD/SRL of cricket, but hosting top teams for broadcasting isn't a big deal, trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Stadium explanation I gave few times, won't reiterate. But, broadcasting timing is exactly where I think the opportunity lies, for T20s definitely.

    A T20 game takes about 4 hours. Between June to SEP, it's possible to play cricket in GTA between 9 AM to 8 PM with out artificial lights. And, South Asia is actually 9 to 10 hours ahead of EST (Toronto time) - which gives us two windows. Game can start at 9-10 AM, which is 7-8PM in BD (PAK one hour less, IND/SRL in between) which is exactly the time they start PLs & SLs. Other window, is D/N fixture, which starts at 7 PM (though in bright day light), which is 5 AM in Dhaka, 4 AM in PAK and people can wake up early, watch the game & start for office by 8:30. 1992 WC was in AUS/NZ and the Day games started at similar time - at least I can say TV audience in BD increased multiple times and office attendance didn't suffer (but I bunked school

    Besides, in South Asia, we have fixed weekend - Friday to Sunday (Friday in BD - God knows when they'll change it), which gives another unique opportunity - schedule BD & AFG games (ODI) even on Thursday, so that people can watch it till 4 AM Friday morning, while others can start FRI/SAT/SUN day - keep MON-WED free. Also, in Canada, most immigrants (people) don't have a fixed weekends - they work 5 days out of 7, and lots of people actually work in SAT/SUN - which means, even if you organize games on working days, there'll be people attending. In Canada, you have flexi hours, half day work ... which isn't there in South Asia, and it takes 30-45 minutes for most people to reach home from work/school unlike often 2/3 hours in major South Asian cities - on game days, people can take couple of hours early break, or schedule office sometimes between 6am to 8pm (I actually often do from 7 AM to 3PM and my wife 10 to 6....), there are home office options .... and you can exchange your schedule with co workers, just in case.

    Look, I do agree that expanding cricket in Canada like South Asia might be tough or near impossible, and this country will never be ENG/AUS/IND/PAK/BD/SRL of cricket, but hosting top teams for broadcasting isn't a big deal, trust me.
    Hosting a Night fixture for T20 will not be a problem but Odi will certainly not garner as much interest as it would if it was played in similar time zone. You expect an avg Indian fan to wake up 5 am to watch an Asia cup? Lol you really dont know much about Indian fans. Infact most Indians wont even go a mile to watch an Asia cup as it has absolute no importance among us (won the cup 6x already). Maybe its different for BD fans.

    As far hosting games in Canada, they can certainly host an exhibition games on long weekend like July 1st or other days in month of July or August when weather is ideal for cricket. Now Im not sure where you heard that Ontario government is building Cricket stadium but I will believe when its done. Maybe not an cricket stadium but a multi purpose olympic stadium that can be use to host cricket games.

    All we need is One in Toronto and one in Montreal and perhaps one in Western Canada, and we can literally host multi team tournaments and/or Tri series involving some of the major nations. Maybe then slowly buts surely will get locals on board with the game (slim chance)
    But more than Cricket Canada needs a Grey Cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Hosting a Night fixture for T20 will not be a problem but Odi will certainly not garner as much interest as it would if it was played in similar time zone. You expect an avg Indian fan to wake up 5 am to watch an Asia cup? Lol you really dont know much about Indian fans. Infact most Indians wont even go a mile to watch an Asia cup as it has absolute no importance among us (won the cup 6x already). Maybe its different for BD fans.

    As far hosting games in Canada, they can certainly host an exhibition games on long weekend like July 1st or other days in month of July or August when weather is ideal for cricket. Now Im not sure where you heard that Ontario government is building Cricket stadium but I will believe when its done. Maybe not an cricket stadium but a multi purpose olympic stadium that can be use to host cricket games.

    All we need is One in Toronto and one in Montreal and perhaps one in Western Canada, and we can literally host multi team tournaments and/or Tri series involving some of the major nations. Maybe then slowly buts surely will get locals on board with the game (slim chance)
    But more than Cricket Canada needs a Grey Cup
    Why talk nonsense just to prove something you are failing to prove every-time? These days it has become a fashion to take a dig at BD every time some one can't argue with logic. Do you think bringing Bangladesh or it's fans help this topic. In 70's, 60K paid crowd went to Eden to see IND winning against ENG in a Test match, within 30 minutes.

    Indian fans will wake up to watch IND-PAK game, be it in Asia Cup or WC or bilateral series; would have done it with SRL as well unless two boards made it quarterly affair and SRL had been that 90s like team, which literally toyed with Indian pacers for a good few years, and will see BD game as well if we start to compete regularly. Brazil has won WC 5 times, and Uruguay has won Copa how many times I forgot - still I don't see any lack of interest. Do you think Real's fan wouldn't bother for CL Final if they make it for the 4th time in a row?

    Probably we both have same level of clue what an average Indian fan will do - unless you can prove otherwise, please stick on to the topic. We can discuss civilized manners without dragging Bangladesh here, otherwise don't bother - I accept whatever you think is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Why talk nonsense just to prove something you are failing to prove every-time? These days it has become a fashion to take a dig at BD every time some one can't argue with logic. Do you think bringing Bangladesh or it's fans help this topic. In 70's, 60K paid crowd went to Eden to see IND winning against ENG in a Test match, within 30 minutes.

    Indian fans will wake up to watch IND-PAK game, be it in Asia Cup or WC or bilateral series; would have done it with SRL as well unless two boards made it quarterly affair and SRL had been that 90s like team, which literally toyed with Indian pacers for a good few years, and will see BD game as well if we start to compete regularly. Brazil has won WC 5 times, and Uruguay has won Copa how many times I forgot - still I don't see any lack of interest. Do you think Real's fan wouldn't bother for CL Final if they make it for the 4th time in a row?

    Probably we both have same level of clue what an average Indian fan will do - unless you can prove otherwise, please stick on to the topic. We can discuss civilized manners without dragging Bangladesh here, otherwise don't bother - I accept whatever you think is correct.
    How About you let us Indian fans think for ourselves. Lastly, i wasnt taking a dig at BD, tbh i could care less about your team. It just my observation that BD fans are extra emotional with Asia cup which as i said could be due to you guys never won the cup before.

    Comparing Brazil with World cup and India with Asia cup is like comparing apple with oranges. An avg Indian fan will follow a Worldcup closely but the passion will be lacking for Asia cup, heck even our players didnt show any excitement winning the cup in BD. Just shows the importance of Asia cup. Anyhow lets not derail the thread, if you want to talk about Indian view on Asia cup create a new thread and most Indian fans will provide their viewpoint.

    Lets stick to Cricket in Canada which at this point is predominantly desi game. I do wish there comes a day when a local Canadian kid takes up cricket like we see with Ice Hockey.

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    Can anyone in Toronto provide any pictures of how this ground looks now? Google Maps makes the Maple Leaf Cricket Ground look worse than a club cricket ground. How are the parking arrangements, sitting arrangements, etc.?

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    does anyone know what the kit looks like and if they will be for sale.

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    These T20 leagues really have an agenda against me. Firstly, as everyone knows, I dislike these mickey mouse matches quite a bit but on top of that, it seems like all the teams/cities that I have a connection with and at least some desire to support, end up signing players that do not appeal to me at all.

    Happens with the Hyderabad team in the IPL, the Karachi team in the PSL and now Toronto has signed Kamran Akmal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaIR1 View Post
    Can anyone in Toronto provide any pictures of how this ground looks now? Google Maps makes the Maple Leaf Cricket Ground look worse than a club cricket ground. How are the parking arrangements, sitting arrangements, etc.?
    It's basically a club cricket ground. This is Canada, not England. Parking is fine, seating arrangements are mediocre but on a nice summer day, the greenery makes it a pleasant sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    It's basically a club cricket ground. This is Canada, not England. Parking is fine, seating arrangements are mediocre but on a nice summer day, the greenery makes it a pleasant sight.
    Right but I saw in am article that they are increasing the seating capacity to 7k. Considering this would be the first official T20 game in Canada I'm sure they would be doing some extra preparation to set the mark.

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    I run a startup and one of the things we tried doing was selling our services to NRI (Non resident Indians) market. Extrapolating my experience, i don't think any business built around copying the Indian experience to another country targeting NRIs works. For a business to be scalable, the locals in that country have to adopt the service, else it ends up being another failed experiment. A couple of years back, SRT also organised some random tournament in USA in the name of taking the game global. Baring few overexcited Indians and Pakistanis, i don't think any real locals attended the game. My view is all such so called global tournaments are just a way to make one time money for the promoters. Whether they do that by finding investors who believe in this crap or through fixing is another thing, but i am quite sure this is the first and last year of this Canada tournament.

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    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies now has a WINDIES B squad. That is the squad that has been assembled to travel to Canada for the inaugural Global T20 Canada League which will run from June 28 to July 15.

    The international tournament is set to attract other elite T20 players from across, but Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams thinks “this is a great opportunity for players and feeds into the organization’s wider high-performance program which looks to develop all-round skills sets of the players and officials.”

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne has said “with our Test and A Teams currently on tour, the Global T20 presents an opportunity for the panel to see some of our developing players in the region. The exposure and added development will assist us with identifying players with the potential to develop into international T20 cricketers.”

    This WINDIES B squad is:

    Anthony Bramble (Captain) Fabian Allen Alick Athanaze Roland Cato Justin Greaves Derval Green Kavem Hodge Brandon King Jeremiah Louis Obed Mcoy Khary Pierre Nicholas Pooran Sherfane Rutherford Shamar Springer

    The Team Management Unit includes:

    Stuart Williams – Coach Roderick Estwick – Coach Denis Byam – Physiotherapist Cyril Cox – Strength and Conditioning Trainer Trent Sargeant – Analyst

    The Global T20 Canada league will see 22 matches played in a round-robin format followed by playoffs and the championship match to be held on July 15. All contests will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto.

    The contingent is set to leave the region on June 14.

    http://cricketwestindies.org/index.p...gue-in-canada/
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