The former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh will be seen playing for Toronto Nationals franchise as a marquee player for the second edition of the Global T20 Canada. Yuvraj announced retirement from all the forms of the game only weeks ago and it was clear then that he was looking to ply his trade in the foreign T20 leagues.
Interestingly, the southpaw had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking permission to play in the T20 leagues outside India. The board is yet to respond to his request and the fact that the cricketer has been already picked by a team indicates even the BCCI won’t have any objection.Yuvraj Singh and Brendon McCullum will play in the same team now as the Nationals picked the former Kiwi skipper as well and the duo will look to light up the stage now.
As far as a few other major picks are concerned, the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is set to play for Edmonton Royals this season and it will be his maiden appearance in the Global T20 Canada. Brampton Wolves is the new franchise which replaced the runners up of the previous edition West Indies -B side have secured Darren Sammy’s services and most probably he will lead them as well.
Sammy has got an excellent record leading the teams in the shortest format and he will also be excited to make this opportunity count as well. Meanwhile, the defending champions Vancouver Knights have retained their captain Chris Gayle by picking him again in the drafts. Chris Lynn will feature for the Winnipeg Hawks as he will also make his debut in the T20 league.The second season of the Global T20 Canada is set to commence on July 25, which is just 11 days after ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final and will go on until August 11.
Unlike the previous year, Brampton will host all the matches this season. The organisers decided to host the tournament in a more central location and the city of Brampton is approximately 45 km west of downtown Toronto. Last year, King City had hosted the event Maple Leaf Cricket Club which is located 50 km north of downtown Toronto.
Here’s the list of picked players so far:
Montreal Tigers – George Bailey,Winnipeg Hawks – Chris Lynn, Dwayne Bravo, JP Duminy
Toronto Nationals – Brendon McCullum, Yuvraj Singh
Edmonton Royals – Kane Williamson, Faf du Plessis
Vancouver Knights – Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik
Brampton Wolves – Darren Sammy, Shakib Al Hasan