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Top 10 Best Bowling Figures In T20 Cricket History

Generally, the batsmen dominate T20 cricket. Many believe that it is the batsmen’s game. However, many talented bowlers have proved that it is a wrong belief. Some of them hugely dominated with the ball as they even claimed more than five wickets in a T20 innings.

Here we are talking about the top ten best bowling figures in T20 cricket history.

10. 6/10 by Sohail Tanvir

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Playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the IPL 2008, Pakistan left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir delivered these bowling figures against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Jaipur on 4th May 2008. In that league stage game, the left-arm pacer delivered the bowling figures of 4-0-14-6 that helped them to bowl out CSK for just 109 runs in 19 overs. Later, his team chased down that target in 14.2 overs after losing only two wickets.

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Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Create Records In T20 Cricket

Indian leaders Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both created records during the Lauderhill T20I against Windies on Sunday (4th August).

Leading this T20I series by 1-0, India faced Windies in the second T20I of the three-match series on Sunday. On last Saturday (3rd August), India beat Windies in the first T20I by four wickets at the same venue.

In the second T20I, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first after winning the toss. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan made a strong start as they had a 67-run partnership. After Dhawan was out on 23 runs, Sharma and Kohli provided a 48-run partnership for the second wicket.

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The limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored 67 runs off 51 balls with six fours and three sixes. Meanwhile, the Indian skipper Kohli scored 28 runs off 23 balls with one four and one six.

The strong top-order batting performances helped India to manage a fighting first innings total of 167/5 (20 overs).

Rohit Sharma has registered the record number of 50+ scores in T20I history

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It was the 21st T20I 50+ score for Rohit Sharma. Surpassing Virat Kohli, Sharma becomes the most 50+ run-scorer in T20I history. Kohli is now in the second position with 20 times 50+ scores in T20I cricket.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also becomes the leader of the most T20I sixes as a batsman. Surpassing the Caribbean star Chris Gayle, who has hit 105 T20I sixes, Sharma has hit 107 T20I sixes.

Virat Kohli is the leading T20 run-scorer in Indian cricket history

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On the other hand, Virat Kohli becomes the leading T20 run-scorer in Indian cricket history. After this innings, Kohli has scored 8,416 runs in T20 career. During this innings, he surpassed Suresh Raina – the previous leading T20 run-scorer as an Indian batsman. Raina has scored 8,392 runs in T20 career.

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With this latest achievement, Kohli has climbed up to the sixth position in the most T20 run-scorer table. The top five batsmen in this list are Chris Gayle (12,808 runs), Brendon McCullum (9,922 runs), Kieron Pollard (9,365 runs), David Warner (8,803 runs) and Shoaib Malik (8,701 runs).

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Alex Hales, Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana Among the Biggest CPL Buys

Barbados Tridents, one of the seven teams, went to pick England batsman Alex Hales for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019. He was the first pick at the CPL 2019 draft in London on 22 May at the Gfinity eSports Arena. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan seamers Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana were among the other highest buys of the league.

After recreational drug test failure, ECB has withdrawn Hales from England’s World Cup squad. Tridents took up the opportunity and picked him in their squad. It is Hales’ maiden stint at the CPL 2019.

Pakistan’s allrounders Asif Ali and Imad Wasim were among the other players picked by the Tridents whereas, the team retained Jason Holder, Wahab Riaz, Shai Hope and Ashley Nurse. Also, Holder is their marquee player.

Lasith Malinga Picked By St Lucia Stars

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Meanwhile, St Lucia picked the Sri Lankan pacer Malinga along with Fawad Ahmed. Ahmed moved from defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders after being 2018 CPL’s highest wicket-taker. Ahmed will be St Lucia Stars’ marquee player for the season.

Thisara Perera and John Campbell were among the other players signed by the team.

Meanwhile, Trinbago Knight Riders decided to retain Dwayne Bravo in the first round of the auction. Whereas, Kieron Pollard moved back to his home team TNR with a high profile attached to his resume.

The 2018 CPL’s lead scorer, Colin Munro is retained alongside Sunil Narine and Ali Khan by the team.

Chris Gayle Returns as Marquee Face for the Tallawahs

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Jamaica Tallawah retained Andre Russell while naming Chris Gayle as their marquee player for the team. The franchise retained Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas and Rovman Powell. Chadwick Walton and Afghanistani sensation Zahir Khan were among the other top picks by the team.

The Patriots picked the Sri Lankan pacer Isuru Udana in the first round of the CPL draft. They retained Evin Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabien Allen and South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen respectively. Laurie Evans has his breakthrough during a sixth-round by the team.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors picked Pakistan leg-spinner, Shadab Khan. The team retained Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford and Shoaib Malik. The Warriors acquired Nicholas Pooran as their marquee player.

The seventh season of the Caribbean Premier League was to be held during the early August this year. But now is postponed to 4th September 2019 to avoid clashing with India’s tour to West Indies.

Each of the seven completed teams is made up of 17 squad members comprising a maximum of five overseas players and an ICC Americas player.

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Watch: Arjun Tendulkar Does Yuvraj Singh to Fetch Six

During a match against Eagle Thane Strikers, Arjun Tendulkar was seen hitting a six that reminded people of Yuvraj Singh. Arjun played a pull stroke that went off the boundary for Aakash Tigers on 16 May, 2019 during the Mumbai T20 League.

The incident took place during the eighth over where Arjun pulled superbly on the bowling of Surve bowler. Arjun’s stroke reminded Indian fans of the veteran star Yuvraj Singh, who played the very shot during his peak days.

Yuvraj was one of the best power-hitters in the world in ODI cricket. He created an impact on the world with his famous six-sixes hit against Stuart Broad in 2007.

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Arjun Tendulkar Hammers a Yuvraj-like six during his second match in the Mumbai Premier League

The match, however, was won by Eagle Thane Strikers by six wickets. Aakash Tigers posted 136 runs losing eight wickets. Arjun scored 23 runs off 18 balls with his impressive display of strokes but was taken down by A. Jaiswal. Meanwhile, Arjun also bowled well while conceding 30 runs in 3.1 overs but without a wicket.

In his debut match against Triumph Knights Mumbai, Arjun scored a similar score with 23 off 19 balls whereas, he took one wicket in three overs giving away 21 runs. So far, he has played two matches with the later one ending as a memorable match for the Yuvi stroke that he pulled off.

Aakash Tigers is currently at 5th position with one win and two losses from three matches, while Eagle Thane Strikers at 6th place with the same number of points.

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IPL History: All-Time Five Best Retired Players

Indian Premier League has been like a boon for the cricketers, especially for the local Ranji players. It has given them the international exposure that a player would need to enter in the national team for international games. IPL is one epic T20 format of cricket, serving as the life-changing event for many players.

It has introduced a different level to the game, becoming a fever for the players, the franchises, and the fans. It allows the players to play freely, to enjoy and discover themselves, and get their position in the game. In fact, as the event has gone on to climb up the ladder of success, veteran cricketers have announced their retirement from the international games.

This year the two world famous cricketers, Imran Tahir and Chris Gayle have announced their retirement from ODIs after the World Cup 2019. And so have many retired from IPL as well. Following is the list of the best cricketers those retired from IPL.

All-Time Best Retired Cricketers in IPL History:

Gautam Gambhir:

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IPL Career Stats: Matches – 154, Runs – 4,217, Fifties – 36

Gautam Gambhir started off his IPL career with his home franchise, Delhi Daredevils. And after three years of him being with them, Gambhir joined Kolkata Knight Riders. His association with KKR brought the best out of him. But the favour was not just for him, the team got the result from his guidance as well.

KKR won the IPL championships twice under his captaincy. While the team was climbing its own success, Gambhir’s performance rose throughout the seven championships as well. His best IPL season was in the year 2016, during which he scored 501 runs for his team.

The batsman who was popularly called as ‘Mr. Dependable’ switched back to his home team Delhi in 2018 in hopes of getting them back on track. However, his poor form led him to give away the captaincy baton. His announcement of retirement came through a video on his social media account which broke the hearts of millions of his fans.

Despite all the drama, Gambhir still remains one of the most favourite cricketers and a glorious opener of the IPL.

Virendra Sehwag:

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IPL Career Stats: Matches – 104, Runs – 2728, Strike Rate – 155.44

Virender Sehwag kick-started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils and remained with them for six seasons of the IPL. After that, he was released by the franchise and picked up by Kings XI Punjab.

His 58 balls 122 in the eliminators drove Punjab straight to their first finals in 2014 IPL. Later in the following year, his disappointing performance led him to manage the team of Kings XI Punjab from the next season. He never won any IPL tournament but Sehwag always proved to be a quality performer for his team. He was one of those rare batsmen who even after playing over 100 matches, had a strike rate of 150+ in the IPL.

With 334 fours and 106 sixes, Sehwag scored two centuries and 16 half-centuries during his entire IPL career. And like Gautam Gambhir, he bid adieu to the game with just 99 runs in his final eight matches.

Rahul Dravid

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IPL Career Stats: Matches – 89, Runs – 2,174, Fours – 289

The famous ‘Test Specialist’ made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. But then the local boy of Bangalore was released in 2010, and he was bought by Rajasthan Royals in 2011. From there he took the franchise to new heights in IPL.

Dravid played as an opener of the team and took his team to enormous scores with a strike rate of 115.52. Even after his retirement from cricket he continues to serve the game as a true devotee and is coaching India A and U-19 teams.

Dravid’s stability in the game had him see things through and handle the innings easily. After Gambhir and Sehwag, he is the most cherished cricketer in the retired players’ XI list.

Kumar Sangakkara (WK):

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IPL Career Stats: Matches – 71, Highest score – 94, Catches – 45, Stumpings – 9

The wicketkeeper-batsman made his IPL debut in 2008 as a part of the Kings XI Punjab franchise. Later, he switched to Deccan Chargers before joining Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Sri Lankan legend’s IPL career ended with a mere aggregate of 120 runs in nine matches in 2013.

He scored his runs at a strike rate shimmering strike rate of 161.61 at an average of more than 35. He continued to perform well for his next three seasons, scoring over 300 runs in every season. He retired as the best wicketkeeper in IPL, irrespective of his lowering batting performance.

Mahela Jayawardene:

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IPL Career Stats: Matches – 80, Highest Scores – 110*, Fours – 200

The Overseas player too played for three franchises in his IPL career, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Delhi Daredevils respectively.

The Sri Lankan linchpin was a great batsman in his prime. Throughout his IPL career, Jayawardene aggregated 1,802 runs at an average of 28.60 that comprises of 200 fours and 39 sixes.

The phenomenal cricketer had his best IPL season in 2010 where he scored 439 runs throughout the season at a strike rate of 147.31. At present he is the coach of Mumbai Indians since IPL 2017.

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IPL 2019: Best Five Moments of the 12th Season

From Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankading to MS Dhoni appearance as an outlaw in Jaipur. It has appeared as more of a coincidence. Anyway, it’s a part and parcel of the game. Be it anything, the 12th edition of IPL 2019 has been one of the most interesting seasons. The cricket fans have witnessed some of the most enthralling moments in the league this year. The last week of the tournament has been a rollercoaster ride. In between, things were difficult to predict who is going to be the fourth team to make it to the playoffs. Somewhat, it was hard to pick the best five moments of the IPL 2019.

All the moments during the six weeks make this season as a fiercely competitive one. With the last league match being won by Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings losing their match against Kings XI Punjab, the position of the final four has witnessed a change.

MI rests at the top from where CSK has been pushed down to the second. The third and the fourth position is held by Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

Here is the list of the best five moments of the 12th edition of the IPL.

Best Five Moments of the IPL 2019:

#5 Rohit Shame dedicates fifty in the last league match:

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As the skipper, Rohit Sharma led his team to the top of the charts this Sunday. In a heartwarming gesture, he dedicated his match-winning half-century to his daughter Samaira. The baby girl was present with her mother Ritika Sajdeh, watching the game from the stands.

Rohit played a sublime knock of unbeaten 55 runs off 48 balls partnering with Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav for 46 and 88 runs respectively. While he was happy for the team ending up on the lead position on the points table, Rohit while beaming a smile to dedicate his fifty to his little one.

Although during the post-match celebration he laughed it off saying she was sleeping. Notably, it definitely was one of the best moments for the fans altogether.

#4 Sam Curran’s hat-trick against Delhi Capitals:

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In the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Delhi Capitals (DC), Sam Curran led his team to a 14-run victory with his stunning hat-trick performance. The English all-rounder dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively and ended the match with his figures of sensational 4 for 11.

After dismissing Patel, who gave a regulation catch to KL Raul, further, saw Curran sending down two back-to-back yorkers – to dismiss Rabada and Sandeep right when they needed 15 runs off 6 balls.

With that Curran became the third Kings XI Punjab player to record a hat-trick after Yuvraj Singh achieved the feat twice in the 2009 season and Axar Patel in 2016.

#3 David Warner, Jonny Bairstow twin century, record 100-plus consecutive partnership:

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On 30th March, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Hyderabad was roaring as rivals – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have set the season 12 of the fire. The duo led their team to register their second continuous win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They defeated RCB with 118 runs and dismissed them in 19.5 overs at a paltry score of 113.

However, it was the stunning match played by the duo. They became the first opening pair to post three consecutive century stands in IPL history. Bairstow knocked 114 runs off just 56 balls whereas Warner stroke unbeatable 100 runs off 55 balls.

#2 Shreyas Gopal hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore:

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After the stunt pulled by Sam Curran, Shreyas Gopal joined him and bagged the second hat-trick of the ongoing tournament. It was during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore that Gopal came around the corner with the best batsmen wickets in his hand.

The Karnataka leg-break bowler bewitched Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis respectively in what is considered as one of the best matches of Rajasthan Royals. Overall, it was the third occasion in the 12th edition of the season that Kohli and De Villiers got dismissed off his bowling.

Meanwhile, it was one of the best moments for Gopal as well to clinch wickets of the world’s best batsmen.

#1 Alzari Joseph debut 6 wickets haul

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After three successive wins registered by SRH in the first phase of the IPL 2019, it was the young debutant who broke their winning chain. The 22-year-old Alzarri Joseph threw a spellbinding show of 3.5 overs. Well, in mere 12 balls he has bagged six wickets to strangulate SRH at the score of 96.

It was Joseph’s debut match of the IPL. He ended up deceiving the dreaded Warner off the crease, halting their chase to 136 runs. His figures of 6/12 overrode the one of Sohail Tanveer of 6/14 for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL’s inaugural edition in 2008.

He became the second man to claim a five-wicket haul on the IPL debut.

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You Can’t Look Beyond Rashid Khan in T20 Cricket: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, the former English cricketer, has shared high praise for the young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Meanwhile, Rashid is at the pick of his career in the shortest format of the game. He is also at the pinnacle of T20 Rankings among the bowlers.

Swann noted that there are no other bowlers as of now to take a look away from the Afghanistan leg-spinner. The talismanic wicket-taker also want Rashid to be successful in Test cricket.

”In T20s you can’t look beyond Rashid Khan. He has a fast arm, great googly and is a brilliant story as well. Rashid is just a very exciting cricketer. I would love to see him be successful in Tests as well, as and when he gets to play regularly,” Graeme Swann said.

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Spinners need variations to succeed

Graeme Swann feels the bowler should have the variations in their arsenal to be successful in the international scenario.

”But you need variations, don’t you? I didn’t have a doosra and I used to bowl with a straighter arm, but I used to vary the spin and pace. Spin bowling is also a lot about bravado. I was good at that,” Swann quoted.

Furthermore, he spoke about how bowling ‘Doosra’ is getting faded away from the game of cricket with the emergence of the 15-degree rule.

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Rashid Khan is the best T20I bowler in the world currently. Credit: BCCI

Personally, Graeme Swann feels the rule not to cross 15 degrees is a fair enough mandatory.

”No doosra can’t be bowled without bending the arm, but I won’t give you a headline saying that all doosra bowlers chuck. But since that 15-degree rule came in the doosra bowlers disappeared from the game and that tells the story. But I feel there should be no bend in the arm at all, it should be ramrod straight,” he concluded.

 

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Stephen Fleming Open to New Zealand’s T20 Coaching Role

Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is available for providing Twenty20 coaching expertise to his national team even if its just a friendly voice.

Meanwhile, new coach Gary Stead indicated of bringing additional T20 coaching firepower to offer valuable insight. Former New Zealand standouts Fleming, Shane Bond, and Daniel Vettori can be standout options.

Stephen Fleming, who has an eye-catching CV said he had talked informally with Stead. Furthermore, he also didn’t rule out anything. Fleming has coached the Melbourne Stars and this year’s Indian Premier League champions the Chennai Super Kings.

My offer is open and it doesn’t have to be a formal role,” Fleming said. “It’s more on passing on IP [intellectual property] that I’ve picked up through tournaments … I would like to think there’s a number of voices Gary could turn to if the team needed or wanted that help,” he added.

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Stephen Fleming’s T20 coaching commitments in Australia and India could make it challenging to commit long-term to a T20 coaching position with the Black Caps. Whether schedules aligned and he offered what Stead and New Zealand were looking for in their T20 environment would be critical.

It depends on when and what it looked like. We play so few T20s. It would have been worth it. If it’s one or two games, you’re better off boxing on as it is,” Fleming adds.

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Stephen Fleming lauds New Zealand’s coach

Fleming and Stead played in a dominant Canterbury domestic team for many years. He praised Stead’s appointment and lauded his gritty and tenacious attitude.

He was a great guy to play with and a very good team-mate,” Fleming said. “The relationship between [captain] Kane [Williamson] and Gary is the most important one to develop and if they get on pretty well, hopefully, they’ll take the team even further forward,” Stephen Fleming concluded.

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Five Fastest Hundreds in T20 Cricket

T20 cricket has become the most popular cricket format in the world over the years. With its advent, the batsmen are given the free license to swing the bat from the start. As a result, this format becomes so much interesting for the fans.

The cricketing world has witnessed many batsmen hammering the balls. One such instance was today when Wriddhiman Saha clobbered a 20 ball hundred in a local T20 game.

However, with another new edition of Indian Premier League coming forward the fans will be excited to see some more hitting from their favorite stars.

Here is the list of five fastest hundred in the history of cricket:

Chris Gayle (30 balls vs. Pune Warriors)

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The hard-hitting West Indian struck the fastest hundred in just 30 balls. However, he went on remain unbeaten of 175 runs off just 66 balls. He hammered 13 boundaries and 17 sixes as Bangalore posted 263 on the board.

Meanwhile, he scored runs a staggering rate of 265.15 as the bowlers went in search of the leather.

Bangalore eventually won the match against Pune Warriors by 130 runs.

Rishabh Pant (32 balls vs. Himachal Pradesh)

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Chasing a target of 145 runs, Pant went all over Himachal’s bowling. He went on to score a 32 ball hundred as Delhi chased down the target in 11.4 overs.

Pant’s knock included eight boundaries and 12 over boundaries as he remained unbeaten on 116 runs.

Also, he scored at strike-rate of over 300 which shows his ability to strike the ball.

Andrew Symonds (34 balls vs. Middlesex)

 

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Andrew Symonds scored the third fastest hundred in T20 Cricket. While Playing for Kent in 2004, he smashed the century in just 34 balls against Middlesex.

Very few know about this knock as T20 cricket has just started taking its pace.

However, he opened the innings and made 112 off the required 156 runs.

LP van der Westhuizen (35 balls vs Kenya)

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LP van der Westhuizen scored a scintillating hundred playing for Namibia in 2011/12. The southpaw smashed the century in just 35 balls against Kenya.

Meanwhile, the Namibian opener made 145 runs off just 50 balls, and that included 12 sixes.

David Miller (35 balls vs. Bangladesh)

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The Miller show began in 10th over when he came into the middle. However, he was dropped for not, but since then it was all Miller. He scored the fastest hundred in T20Is when he broke his countrymen Richard Levi’s record.

Meanwhile, the ultimate hammering came in the 19th over when he struck five consecutive sixes off Mohammad Saifuddin.

With seven fours and nine sixes, Miller remained unbeaten on 101 off 36.

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Canada to have T20 league on the lines of IPL

Toronto, Feb 15: With the population of Indian, Pakistani and Caribbean immigrants growing fast here, Canada could have its own version of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket soon.

Indian-origin Toronto businessman Roy Singh, who has interests in gold exploration in Guyana, says his mission is to launch the Canadian Premier League.

“I have watched the huge success of the Indian Premier League and we can do the same in Canada and the US,” said Roy Singh, who has already set up the Canadian Premier League T20 to set the ball rolling for T20 cricket in this country.

In fact, he did a test run in Montreal for the proposed Canadian Premier League some time ago.

The only thing coming in the way is the lack of infrastructure for cricket, he said.

To address this problem, Singh has undertaken to build an indoor stadium near Niagara Falls.

“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 said.

The fully operational Canadian Premier League will have 27 matches every season. “We will have 10 teams in two divisions.”

Singh said: “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.” 

Like the IPL, the Canadian Premier League will bank on sponsorships, merchandising, gate collections and broadcasting rights to become profitable, he added.

“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 said.

Singh also added, “I know Viv (Richards), Richie (Richardson), Clive (Lloyd), Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, etc..” And he plans to bring top cricketers from the West Indies to promote the Canadian Premier League.

Canada staged its first T20 national league in May 2008.

Interestingly, Canada was the first country to play a Test match way back in 1844. It was a three-day match played against the US from September 25-27 of that year at St George’s Club in New York, with Canada winning by 23 runs.

However, in cricket book records, the first Test match is the one between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877.

Moreover, cricket was Canada’s official sport more than 150 years ago before it was dethroned by NHL. And the sport’s governing body — the Canadian Cricket Association — was set up in 1892.

But cricket has staged a major comeback in the country as many first-class players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean have moved to this country.

In 2008, the Canadian government also recognised cricket as a national sport with promises of federal funding.