… tournament bowls off July 25By Frederick Halley TORONTO, Canada – The second edition of Global T20 Cricket League, Canada is scheduled to get underway on July 25, with the final set for Sunday, August 11 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground here.According to Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini, “Canada cannot wait for the action to begin. We, at Cricket Canada, are committed to providing much-needed opportunity and exposure to our Canadian players. We will work alongside the GT20 team to make the 2019 edition even more memorable for the players and fans. On behalf of Cricket Canada, I invite the cricket world to Canada.”The tournament will comprise a total of 22 matches including the three playoffs games with the opening fixture featuring defending champions Vancouver Knights and Toronto Nationals.A Cricket Canada release pointed out that promoter and owner of the GT20 Canada, Gurmeet Singh, was upbeat about what one could expect from the tournament. “After a roaring success of season one, where we reached more than 50 million cricket fans across the world, I am looking forward to the second edition of the GT20.CRICKET Canada president Ramjit Saini“We promise to deliver a bigger, better and stronger cricketing spectacle this season. I am thankful to Cricket Canada for entrusting us with this responsibility. We have a very robust system in place to produce another world-class cricketing event that reflects the best of Canada.” Saini disclosed that shortly, GT20 will announce the player registration process along with details of marquee players and the teams’ draft roster.Former West Indies batting legend, Brian Lara, the brand ambassador of the league, said, “I was there to see the first edition of the league and was enormously impressed with the overall quality of cricket. Despite a few hiccups, Cricket Canada and GT20 team delivered an outstanding event.“The hallmark of the event was a local boy, Saad bin Zafar winning the Man-of-the-Match in the all-important final in the presence of stars like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell. It proves that cricketers from these countries need these kind of endeavours to prove their talent. I hope GT20 season two will take cricket to greater heights in the North America region.” The league has been conceptualised, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd, an Indian company, with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country. The two have entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement which covers not just the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country.Cricket Canada is the first Associate member of the ICC to set in motion a Twenty20 franchise league in the lucrative North America market.Prior to last year’s staging Cricket Canada president Saini said the league had the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. “It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success.”Saini was also confident that the Global T20 Canada may generate revenues in the “six-figure” range for Cricket Canada in the first season and more in subsequent years. “Cricket Canada is very excited by the opportunity and we’re looking forward to it.”The tournament has also had the blessings of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who participated in a promotional cricket event at a school in Delhi, India during a visit there last year.
Although some inter-county bosses don’t take the competition that seriously the Tipp supremo thinks there’s a lot to be gained by doing so.The Premier County open their campaign against Dublin at Semple Stadium on February 13th but will play two more prepatory games before that fixture.Michael says the players will gain a lot if they do well in the NHL.
The matches were superb entertainment for the neutral fan and another high-octane affair is expected on Sunday.Both teams have made unbeaten starts to the domestic season with six victories from seven games and 19 points each but Pep Guardiola’s side are top of the table thanks to a better goal difference.The manner of Liverpool’s victories, ripping apart City’s defence with their high pressing and high-speed forward line, left the impression that the Reds may have City’s number.“These are the games you want to win. They are a team in form and at Anfield, we know this will be a difficult game for us, but I think this City side has shown in the past that we are always up for these games” City captain Vincent Kompany said.In January, Liverpool led 4-1 before a late City attempted comeback yielded two goals in the last 10 minutes, with all three of Klopp’s forwards – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on target.That front-line hasn’t quite hit the heights of last season yet with Salah in particular lacking sharpness, but in Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge, whose spectacular late goal earned a point at Chelsea last week, Klopp has options from the bench.Liverpool also look stronger at the back than last season and have more options in midfield with the addition of Naby Keita and Fabinho.Both teams will feature Brazilian goalkeepers who are adept at passing with Alisson Becker at Liverpool bringing some of the qualities City have benefited from with their number one Ederson.However, Liverpool’s perfect run of seven straight wins to begin the campaign in all competitions has come unstuck in the past week.Defeat by Chelsea with a much-changed side in the League Cup was followed by a well-earned point against the same opponents at Stamford Bridge thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s brilliant late equaliser.Yet, more worrying for Jurgen Klopp was an uncharacteristically lacklustre display in losing 1-0 to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.“This was a reality check on how things must not go,” warned midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.Liverpool were outplayed for large spells in Italy and looked to be feeling the physical toll of a brutal run of fixtures that also included a trip to Tottenham and a thrilling 3-2 Champions League win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain in a four-week spell.“You have seen it has been absolutely intense since the last international break with the games we’ve had – Chelsea twice, coming to Napoli, playing PSG and now we have the game on Sunday against Man City. We cannot change that, so we have to make sure we are ready,” said Klopp.City’s visit, therefore, doesn’t come at the best time as Liverpool seek to show they are capable of knocking Guardiola’s record breakers off their perch.Liverpool had the edge on City when they went head-to-head last season, winning three of their four meetings.City’s hopes of an unbeaten season went up in smoke in a 10-minute period at Anfield in January as Liverpool struck three times en route to winning 4-3.And they also prolonged Guardiola’s quest to land City’s first-ever Champions League title with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the quarterfinals.However, the task for Klopp is to marry that ability to rise to the big occasion with City’s consistency that racked up 100 Premier League points last season.Liverpool certainly now have the squad for the long haul. So often outgunned by Abu-Dhabi backed City in the transfer market in recent years, it was the Reds who were the biggest spenders this summer.Of the new recruits, though, only goalkeeper Becker has made a big impact as Klopp has preferred to stand by those who got Liverpool to the Champions League final last season.That run owed much to the firepower of Mohamed Salah’s 44 goals. However, the Egyptian has so far struggled to match those heights in his second season at Anfield.Salah was subbed off on his return to Stamford Bridge last weekend and largely anonymous in Naples as Liverpool failed to muster a single shot on target.“I don’t remember when that happened last,” admitted Klopp, who remains convinced Salah’s slump will be temporary.“It’s like riding a bike. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and you cannot finish anymore.”Liverpool need Salah back in the saddle come Sunday if they are to stop City puncturing their super start by striking first blood in the title race.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho can ill-afford another poor result for his struggling Manchester United side when they face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle at Old Trafford today.Amidst reports of divisions in the camp, United have not won in their last four outings in all competitions and are 10th in the Premier League, nine points adrift of the top two.Third-placed Chelsea, who are also unbeaten, are away to Southampton on Sunday while Arsenal face promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage.After losing to Barcelona on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur, depleted by injuries, host second-bottom Cardiff City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City’s hope of winning last season Premier League without blemish was first thwarted by Liverpool as the Citizens fell 3-4 at Anfield and the Reds further dashed Pep Guardiola’s ambition of becoming the first City Manager to deliver the UEFA Champions League to the Etihad as the Spaniard and his men were beaten home and away by the Kops. This is why City must be at their best if they hope to come out of Anfield unruffled on SundayPremier League champions Manchester City return to the scene of their worst defeats of last season when they take on title rivals Liverpool in a highly-anticipated clash at Anfield on Sunday.City were beaten twice by Juergen Klopp’s team at Anfield- a 4-3 defeat in the league and a 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.