Friday, February 12, 2010

Jayasuriya, Sachin, Afridi, Lara to play in Canada Cup T20 this summer

Here's some exciting news for Canadian cricket fans !

You might be watching the likes of legendary players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar , Brian Lara, Shahid Afridi, Graeme Smith & Mike Hussey playing alongside local cricketers and representing their respective home countries in the Canada Cup T20 this summer.

According to the tournament Canada Cup T20's Official Website, plans are underway to include 2 international players to represent each team. This provides a wonderful opportunity for those aspiring cricketers who have always dreamt of representing their home country in T20's.

In March 2008 after a very important meeting between the Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga M. P. and the Canadian Cricket Association officials which in turn paved the way for much needed funding to the Canadian National Cricket Side and more importantly Canada’s biggest cricket tournament worth $2 million dollars in October, 2008. The relationship that the Canadian Cricket Association built with Sri Lanka Cricket also saw the Canadian Cricketers arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a high performance coaching camp and more of these training programs will take wing in the coming years.

Venue :

The matches will be held in Toronto and King City to entertain scores of South Asians, Caribbeans and all other Canadian cricket fans in July 2010.

Star players such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahid Afridi, Brian Lara, Graeme Smith, Mike Hussey etc are likely to take part in it.

Speaking to SAF, Romesh Malcolm, the cup organizer said - "It will be a dream come true and a lot of encouragement for our local talent to play in a team with world famous players, maybe we'll find another Rizwan Cheema in this cup," said Malcolm.

He said participation from international players still needed to be confirmed.

Teams :

Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, England, West Indies, Bangladesh and World IX.


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