Euro T20 Slam 2019 Cancelled; The Inaugural Season Moves To 2020
Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) have jointly planned to organise Euro T20 Slam to grow up the European cricket. While the organisers were set to begin its journey this year, the tournament has been now postponed to next year.
According to the earlier schedule, the inaugural Euro T20 Slam would run from 30th August to 22nd September 2019. Two city-based franchises from each of the three organising cricket boards would participate in this contest. The six teams are Dublin Chiefs, Belfast Titans, Edinburgh Rocks, Glasgow Giants, Amsterdam Knights and Rotterdam Rhinos.
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Even all the teams have sorted out their players for the first season. Reputed international players agreed to feature in this tournament, mostly as an icon or marquee players. Shahid Afridi, Martin Guptill, Rashid Khan, Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan and Shane Watson joined as the icon players. However, recently, Brendon McCullum has withdrawn his participation in this tournament due to his retirement from cricket.
Daniel Vettori, Herschelle Gibbs and Lance Klusener also joined as the coaches of the teams.
On the other hand, the former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is a board member of the advisory committee of this tournament.
On 19th July 2019, around 700 cricketers from 22 different countries took part in the players’ draft.
Euro T20 Slam is likely to begin from 2020
Just two weeks before the opening game of the inaugural Euro T20 Slam, the organisers have taken the big decision. They have postponed its inaugural season to 2020. They want to build up this tournament as one of the strong yearly global T20 leagues. However, they are now feeling about waiting another year before starting their journey.
Prashant Mishra, ET20S Board Member and Managing Partner at Woods Entertainment, stated, “The Board of the Euro T20 Slam, funding partners and franchise owners of this exciting new T20 tournament have reluctantly come to the decision that staging of the event will not be possible in 2019.
“We want to ensure that the inaugural staging of the Euro T20 Slam provides the best springboard to making this a truly flagship event on the global cricket calendar. As such, we believe the right course of action is to postpone the Slam to a further date. This will give us the necessary breathing space to ensure we are ready to go.
“We will work with the three cricket boards, our principal investors, the franchise owners, players and other stakeholders within the game to ensure we fulfill any commitments we have made to the extent possible. We want to ensure the goodwill and integrity that we have built up rolls on into 2020.”
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has questioned this league process after knowing this tournament. Talking about these leagues, a senior ICC member has recently raised two significant points. According to that member, the ICC wants two crucial answers – who are the investors and who are earning from these leagues.
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