- Mar 5, 2011
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https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/107010/ireland-scotland-netherlands-to-play-in-new-european-t20-leagueThe boards of Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands today confirmed that the rumoured European T20 franchise league will indeed kick off this season, with the six-team competition running from the 30th of August to the 22nd of September, hosted across all three countries.
The new competition will see two franchises from each of the countries, based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, competing in a double round-robin leading into semi finals. Squads will comprise a minimum of nine domestic players and up to seven overseas, with a minimum of six domestic players in the playing XI.
The competition is sanctioned under the auspices of Cricket Ireland, but is nonetheless the first multi-board collaborative franchise T20 league of its kind. Though in some respects it resembles the Scottish-Dutch North Sea Pro-Series which ran from 2014-2016 and was initially envisaged as a fully professional competition also including the Irish Interpro sides, but the project drew little attention external attention and eventually withered away for lack of funding.
Conversely, the new league has the backing and participation of an ICC Full member in Ireland, and looks to be on firmer footing financially - the initial agreement with sponsors and partners GS Holding and Woods Entertainment running for ten years.
With the news the other day that the ICC is strongly considering limiting the number of T20 leagues players can participate in each year, this will be an interesting addition to the calendar. Supported by the same group running the show in Canada as well, so funding shouldn't be an issue for the time being.
Aberdeen might be a bit disappointed not to get a team, given that Mannofield Park was for many years the main ground in Scotland, but The Grange seems to be set up as the home of Scottish cricket for some time, while Titwood has also hosted matches before and serves a bigger city. I imagine the other home grounds will be Malahide (Dublin), Stormont (Belfast), VRA (Amsterdam) and Hazelaarweg (Rotterdam), although The Hague would have to be in with a chance.
Unlike the tournaments in HK, UAE and Canada, this will probably have official List A status due to the involvement of Ireland as a full member. Also unlike Canada in particular, this will have more stringent local player requirements.