Caribbean Premiere League CEO says his ultimate dream is to see a franchise teams in Toronto and New York. He made the comments during an interview with ESPN Cricinfo. The CPL already announced it will play six matches near Fort Lauderdale this month.
The CPL attracts some of the top names in world cricket and entry into Toronto, a cricket-starved market, would be a huge boost for the tournament.
Toronto hosted its last major tournament in 2008 for a quadrangular T20 international tournament, involving Canada, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The sold out show was held at the King City cricket grounds, with a sumptuous battles between Shoaib Akthar and Sanath Jayasuriya. The tournament even included a tie between Zimbabwe and Canada, dramatic batting by Canada’s Rizwan Cheema which caught tournament heavyweights Sri Lanka and Pakistan off-guard.
The cricket drought continued in Toronto, until a much anticipated T20 All Star game in 2012, ended in a farce for the both fans, and players.
A CPL franchise would be a huge boost for cricket fans in this city.