While South Africa continues to debate whether to relaunch their Global T20 series, Canada is ready to go in June with their series, named Global T20 Canada.
The new six-team franchise league, organised by Cricket Canada and Mercuri Group, based out of Chennai, will take place between 28 June and 15 July, all at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, north of Toronto. The teams, however, are still city-based, consisting of Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Ottawa Royals, Vancouver Knights, Winnipeg Hawks and a composite Caribbean All-Stars
While no permanent infrastructure exists at Maple Leaf CC beyond a small clubhouse, the venue has installed temporary seating in the past to accommodate fans for a quadrangular series in 2008 between Canada, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The Global T20 Canada website lists the seating capacity for the tournament matches at Maple Leaf CC as 7,000 ― meaning temporary bleachers are expected to be brought in for the tournament.
The tournament is scheduled to have a player draft on 26 May to fill out team rosters. However, no information has been provided by Cricket Canada or tournament organisers regarding any foreign players in the draft pool. Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini told ESPNcricinfo in February that only a minimum of four Canada players would be required in each 15-man squad, with no mandate that any Canada players be in a starting XI.