Cricket Canada responds to news reports of Canadian Premier League
A number of articles appeared in the last day, largely in the Indian press, regarding plans for a “Canadian Premier League” to be established. Cricket Canada wishes to make it clear that this proposed league will require sanction from Cricket Canada, and no application has been made.
Cricket Canada continues to progress plans with Mercuri Talent Management (Pvt) Ltd. (Part of the Mercuri group, an India based media company) to bring professional cricket to Canada. The group has complied with all aspects of Cricket Canada’s sanction policy, and the two parties have now entered into a 25 year Master Licensing Agreement are now working towards seeking ICC approval.
The agreement includes extended off shore training for Canadian players and investment capital for development of elite players and cricket infrastructure.
The Mercuri proposal involves franchise-based teams involving high-level cricketers from across the world competing in a twenty over league in Canada, starting in 2018. Each team will be required to include Canadian qualified players in their squads.
It is planned that initially games will be played in the Toronto area. Cricket Canada is pleased have Mercuri as our partner for facilitating future growth of Canadian cricket.