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Canada to have T20 league on the lines of IPL

IANS  |  Toronto 

With the population of Indian, Pakistani and immigrants growing fast here, could have its own version of the T20 soon.

Indian-origin Roy Singh, who has interests in gold exploration in Guyana, says his mission is to launch the

"I have watched the huge success of the and we can do the same in and the US," said Roy Singh, who has already set up the T20 to set the ball rolling for T20 in this country.

In fact, he did a test run in for the proposed some time ago.

The only thing coming in the way is the lack of infrastructure for cricket, he said.

To address this problem, Singh has undertaken to build an indoor stadium near

"We are buying 153 acres of land for building the indoor stadium. It is just eight minutes from It is a big-budget venue," he said.

The fully operational will have 27 matches every season. "We will have 10 teams in two divisions."

Singh said: "As a cricket-loving businessman, I see a big business opportunity in T20 But a lot of costs are involved... you need a stadium to bring fans and start broadcasting."

Like the IPL, the on sponsorships, merchandising, gate collections and broadcasting rights to become profitable, he added.

"Broadcasters can get an estimated 27 million viewers in alone. We will also sell broadcasting rights in India, the and elsewhere," Singh said.

Singh also added, "I know (Richards), Richie (Richardson), Clive (Lloyd), Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, etc.." And he plans to bring top cricketers from the to promote the

staged its first T20 national league in May 2008.

Interestingly, was the first country to play a Test match way back in 1844. It was a three-day match played against the US from September 25-27 of that year at St George's Club in New York, with winning by 23 runs.

However, in book records, the first Test match is the one between and England in in 1877.

Moreover, was Canada's official sport more than 150 years ago before it was dethroned by And the sport's governing body -- the Canadian Association -- was set up in 1892.

But has staged a major comeback in the country as many first-class players from India, Pakistan, and the have moved to this country.

In 2008, the also recognised as a national sport with promises of federal funding.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 16:02 IST