IPL-style T20 league set to take place in Canada?
A total of 27 matches will be played in every season with 10 teams divided into two groups.
Published - Feb 16, 2018 1:56 pm | Updated - Feb 16, 2018 5:03 pm
Indian Premier League (IPL), ever since its inception, has been a huge success and soon will in its new decade on April 7 later this year. A lot of youngsters have been benefited from this T20 extravaganza and even made it to the national side on the back of amazing performances in the tournament over the years. However, the Indian-origin Toronto businessman Roy Singh has proposed a similar kind of league in Canada to set the ball rolling for T20 cricket in the country.
Singh has clear plans regarding staging the T20 league in Canada and has already done the test run some time ago which was fairly successful. He has also undertaken the responsibility to build an indoor Stadium near the Niagara Falls to address the problem of lack of infrastructure. He is also planning to rope in top cricketers from Windies to promote Canada Premier league.
I see a big business opportunity in T20 cricket
The cricket-loving businessman Roy Singh strongly believes that the IPL style T20 league in Canada and the United States would make a huge difference to cricket in the country. “I have watched the huge success of the Indian Premier League and we can do the same in Canada and the US. The only thing coming in the way is the lack of infrastructure for cricket. We are buying 153 acres of land for building the indoor stadium. It is just eight minutes from Niagara Falls. It is a big-budget venue, he was quoted as saying by firstpost.
He also informed the structure of the league with 27 matches being played every season among 10 teams who will be divided into two groups. “As a cricket-loving businessman, I see a big business opportunity in T20 cricket. But a lot of costs are involved… you need a stadium to bring fans and start broadcasting. Broadcasters can get an estimated 27 million viewers in North America alone. We will also sell broadcasting rights in India, the Caribbean and elsewhere,” Singh added.
The businessman is also planning to rope in the legendary cricketers from Windies in order to make the league popular. “I know Viv (Richards), Richie (Richardson), Clive (Lloyd), Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, etc…” he concluded while looking more than optimistic to get started with his venture.
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