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CPLT20 aims to re-connect Canada and North America with cricket

The first-ever international cricket match was played between the USA and Canada in 1844. The match was staged at the grounds of the St George’s Cricket Club in New York. So the sport of cricket had a rich history and legacy that could be tapped into if so desired. In the summer of 2012, that’s how the idea of Canadian Premier League (CPL) T20 was given life to by Mr. Roy Singh.

Having started off as a computer engineer, Mr. Singh is bit of a visionary. He successfully established a gold exploration company, CINRO Resources Inc. in South America. He has over 20 years of business experience and expertise with global business partners. It is Mr Singh’s vision that will see CPLT20 being developed as a breeding ground for young talents in Canadian when they rub shoulders with the best in the world.
The CPLT20 will be the coming together of various elements of the Canadian population which will help bring the world to its shores. A 10-team event in the first edition, CPLT20 will be a perfect platform with opportunities centred around-media, commercial rights and much more. The format would be identical to the ones on display in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) of West Indies.
The 10 teams are follows: Snow Owls, Hummingbirds, Condors, Predators, Hornets, Huskies, Sentinels, Bobcats, Spartans and Wolverines. Each of the 15-member squads will consist of players from around North America as well as superstars from around the world during the tournament, when it is sanctioned by Cricket Canada (CC), which is expected to be televised to a captive global audience.
To achieve the dream, Mr.Singh has unveiled an unique three-step plan. The details of the tournament are the first step of the plan. The next step is to scout for a possible land to build the world’s first cricket specific indoor stadium to seat 35,000 fans. The entire facility is approximately estimated to be housed at over 150 acres to accommodate the stadium, public spaces, parking and servicing requirements.
Currently the plan is to build this unique facility in the Province of Ontario with the value of the land pegged at $9.2 million. The building of the cricketing facility will add upto a further one billion dollars complete with outstanding facilities to make Canada proud about it. The Canadian Mortgage Group Inc has already pledged a loan of $700 million of the proposed one billion dollars for the building of the stadium. The building of the facility would need a further $300-400million.
Even as the league takes the first steps in the Canada, the team led by Mr. Singh is looking to expand into the United States of America (USA) by building three stadiums there. Some CPLT20 games could well be staged there in five years’ time. Eventually, the plans are afoot to convert CPLT20 into a 10-team North American Premier League (NAPL)T20 tournament.
A Trinidad and Tobago native Mr. Singh came to Canada at the age of 16 and is looking to leave behind a long-lasting legacy with his spirit and passion for cricket.