Global T20 Canada moves championship to Brampton to be closer to cricket fans

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West Indies Stars' Darren Sammy, left, coach of the Toronto Nationals, and Chris Gayle, coach of the Vancouver Knights speak to media during the Global T20 Cricket news conference in Toronto on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Global T20 Canada organizers say they are moving the championship to Brampton, Ont. to be closer to cricket fans.

After its inaugural season was held in King City, Ont. last year, the league believes the new venue will have a bigger impact on the sport since it will be “in the heart of the cricket loving community.”

Bombay Sports Company Ltd, formally Mercuri Canada, says the tournament, which begins July 25 and runs to August 11, is best suited for Brampton because of its large immigrant population.

League organizers say most of the city’s population are big fans who play the game on their own at various clubs in Brampton.

Tournament Director Jason Harper also announced the addition of a sixth unnamed franchise, replacing the Cricket West Indies B team that participated in 2018 and finished runners up.

In 2018, the Vancouver Knights defeated West Indies B in the final at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City.