Cricket Canada has reiterated its plans to initiate a T20 franchisee-based league on the lines of Indian Premier League.
Cricket Canada continues to progress plans with Mercuri Talent Management (Pvt) Ltd. – part of the India-based Mercuri Group of companies – to bring professional cricket to Canada.
The group has complied with all aspects of Cricket Canada’s sanction policy. The two parties have now entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement and are now working towards seeking ICC approval, Cricket Canada has confirmed in a report on its official website.
The agreement includes extended offshore training for Canadian players and investment capital for development of elite players and cricket infrastructure.
The Mercuri proposal involves franchise-based teams involving high-level cricketers from across the world competing in a twenty over league in Canada, starting in 2018. Each team will be required to include Canadian qualified players in their squads.
It is planned that initially games will be played in the Toronto area. Cricket Canada is pleased to have Mercuri as our partner for facilitating future growth of Canadian cricket, the report added.