KING CITY, ONT.—Canadian cricketers are viewing the Global T20 league as an opportunity to improve their play at a high level.
While teams are required to have at least four Canadians on their rosters, there is no obligation to play any of them.
Canada falls under the ICC associates category along with 92 other nations. Each team in the Global T20 is required to play one associate cricketer, meaning a Canadian might not get into a game if their team chooses to use an associate from another country instead.
“I must admit I was surprised when I was told we only had to play one associate player,” Montreal Tigers coach Tom Moody, who won two Cricket World Cups with Australia, said earlier this week.
“In a tournament like this, it would have been nice to play two or three, and maybe that will be looked at going forward because it is all about the growth of the cricketers in this region. You’re going to do more growing on the field than you’re going to do off the field.”
Regardless of playing time, some up-and-coming Canadian players — like 19-year-old Abraash Khan — see playing in the tournament as a big step in their development.
“We don’t get to play against this talent level. The highest level we have is club cricket. This gives us a chance to mingle with pros and feel like pros.”
Twenty-six-year-old Rayyankhan Pathan, who is on the fringes of the Canadian national team, has also lapped up the experience.