Harbhajan Singh, Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi set to headline Global T20 tournament in Canada

By India Today Sports Desk: The Global T20 Canada 2023 is set to be a cricketing extravaganza, with a star-studded line-up of marquee players from around the globe. The tournament, which will be the third edition of the Global T20 Canada, is scheduled to begin on July 20th in Brampton, Ontario. Six teams will compete over 18 days and 25 matches, promising thrilling contests and edge-of-the-seat action for millions of global fans.

The teams participating this year include the Mississauga Panthers, Toronto Nationals, Brampton Wolves, Montreal Tigers, Vancouver Knights, and debutants, the Surrey Jaguars. Each team boasts a roster of internationally acclaimed cricketers, promising an exciting and competitive tournament.

Legendary West Indian cricketer Brian Lara, who is currently the head coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, expressed his excitement about the upcoming tournament. He said, “I am excited about the GT20 Canada schedule. All six teams look fantastic. This year we got a great line-up with Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Rizwan, all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, boom boom Shahid Afridi and the universe boss Chris Gayle. I look forward to seeing you there and enjoying some mesmerising cricket.”

The marquee players for this year’s tournament are nothing short of spectacular. Harbhajan Singh, the veteran Indian off-spinner, will headline for Brampton Wolves, bringing his vast experience and wily spin bowling to the Canadian pitches. Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, will be a key player for Vancouver Knights, while all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan will turn up for Montreal Tigers, adding depth to their batting and bowling departments.

Shahid Afridi, known as one of the most explosive batters ever, will feature for Toronto Nationals, promising some fireworks on the field. And of course, no T20 tournament would be complete without the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who will be playing for the Mississauga Panthers. Known for his destructive batting and ability to single-handedly change the course of a match, Gayle’s presence is sure to draw crowds.

Other marquee players to watch out for include New Zealand’s Tim Southee, England’s Alex Hales, South Africa’s Rassie Van Der Dussen, West Indies’ Andre Russell, Bangladesh’s Litton Das, New Zealand’s Colin Munro, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza, and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik. These players bring a wealth of experience and talent to the tournament, ensuring high-quality cricket and intense competition.

These marquee players will not only provide thrilling performances but also contribute significantly to their respective teams. Their international experience and expertise will be invaluable in guiding younger players and shaping team strategies. Moreover, their presence will undoubtedly boost the tournament’s popularity, attracting cricket fans worldwide.

The Global T20 Canada 2023 promises to be a grand spectacle of cricket, featuring some of the world’s best players. With the likes of Gayle, Afridi, Singh, and others in action, fans can expect a feast of runs, wickets, and unforgettable moments. As Brian Lara rightly said, it’s time to gear up for some “mesmerising cricket.”


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