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Brampton to host second edition of Global T20 Canada

Lasith Malinga had captained Montreal Tigers in the first Global T20 Canada Getty Images

The second season of the Global T20 Canada will be held in Brampton in July and August, after the organisers decided to host the event in "a more central location", according to a press release. The inaugural edition of the tournament had been played in King City in June-July last year at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, which is located 50 km north of downtown Toronto. The city of Brampton is approximately 45 km west of downtown Toronto.

The league will also add a sixth franchise team to replace the West Indies B side that had participated in last year's competition and finished runners-up. Global T20 Canada organizers had previously announced over Twitter on May 3 that the sixth team would be called the "New York Legends". However, that plan has since been scrapped with the identity of the city and nickname yet to be decided.

Declaring that the city has the "biggest cricket fans in Canada", Brampton's mayor Patrick Brown said the City of Brampton had committed to more cricket infrastructure. "Currently two existing venues are getting lights and we are in discussions on the feasibility of a multi purpose complex that includes a cricket stadium." The grounds for the matches, which will be played between July 25 and August 11, have not yet been finalised.

The league is owned by the Bombay Sports Company Limited, formerly known as Mercuri Canada. The inaugural season was played between six teams, and featured international players like Steven Smith, Andre Russell, Anton Devcich, David Warner, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, and Sunil Narine. The first edition was won by Vancouver Knights, who were captained by Gayle.

This year's draft is scheduled to take place on June 9. It was initially announced to be held on June 1 but was postponed by organisers less than 24 hours before it was due to begin.