Toronto set to host Twenty20 event -- Posted Monday, March 12 2007
With a limited amount of Twenty20 internationals scheduled for 2007 Pakistan have arranged a four team tournament in Toronto in August as preparation for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.
The tournament scheduled to take place in Toronto over the Labour Day weekend at the end of August will involve hosts Canada and Test Nations Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
The inaugural Twenty20 World Cup takes place in South Africa at the end of September and with only two games set to be played before the World Cup all three Test Nations will be anxious to play as many games as possible.
The format of the tournament will see each team play four games, three in the group stages and then one further game in either the Grand Final or the 3rd place play off.
The Twenty20 World Cup will take place with only 14 Twenty20 Internationals completed in the previous two years, the West Indies and Sri Lanka will go into the World Cup with the most experience having played 7 Twenty20 Internationals followed by England and Pakistan having played a game less.
While some teams have got to grips with the shortest form of the game India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will have only played one Twenty20 game, even more concerning Scotland and Kenya who qualified from the ICC's World Cricket League Division 1 tournament will have never played a Twenty20 International against a Test Nation until the World Cup starts in September.
Whilst the tournament is being used as a pre World Cup warm-up all four countries competing are also very keen to help promote cricket in North America, Tony Deyal, WICB's Corporate Manager, told cricket20 that the WICB are committed to provide support to the Canadian and US crickets associations.
"The WICB is committed to cricket in North America and have signed MOUs with the Canadian and US associations to provide support. Additionally, we need to improve our own financial position. One of the ways to do both - a win/win for all parties - is to promote high-level cricket entertainment in both countries."
"The timing of the Canadian event is perfect - a long holiday weekend (August 31 - September 3) two weeks before the first ever ICC Twenty20 World Cup with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Canada is going to be our first major joint venture and will be a template for further promotions."
"On the Thanksgiving weekend in November we wll be promoting an Internatinal Sixes Tournament in Lauderhill to open the world's newest cricket venue."
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The WICB is committed to cricket in North America and have signed MOUs with the Canadian and US cricket associations.
WICB Corporate Manager