Global T20 Canada Playoffs In Doubt If Players Not Paid Immediately
The Toronto Nationals ended up winning their GT20 Canada league game against the Montreal Tigers by 4 wickets. They then booked a place in the playoffs as a result. In this post, we will subsequently look at the four teams that have made the playoffs and their cricket betting odds of winning at the sportsbooks. Before then, though, let us address the standoff between GT20 players and the GT20 Canada league.
GT20 Players Refuse To Board Bus
The second round match between the Montreal Tigers and Toronto Nationals had a lot of off-field drama as GT20 players from both sides refused to board the team bus at the hotel, due to unpaid wages. The delay resulted in the final second round match game starting late at the CAA Centre in Brampton. Spectators and the general public, however, were kept in the dark as the delay was put down to technical reasons.
Yuvraj Singh Leads GT20 Players Unpaid Wages Protest
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who is playing for the Toronto Nationals, is reported to be one of the key players who led the protests. The timing of these protests were critical as Toronto needed to win their game against Montreal in order to make the playoffs. Nevertheless, they were willing to risk abandoning the match by staging the protest by refusing to go to the ground.
Bombay Sports Limited, who own the GT20 League, were forced to call an immediate meeting to address player concerns. This is precisely what the players were banking on. In other words, they wanted to put pressure on the franchise owners and Bombay Sports Limited as there are reports that some players from the 2018 GT20 League have still not been paid.
The GT20 League released a statement: “The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, was delayed due to procedural issues between the players, the GT20 league, and the franchise owners. All the stakeholders had a meeting and addressed the concerns.”
No GT20 Playoffs If Wages Not Paid
The media focused on the player protests from Toronto and Montreal. In the meantime, reports suggest that players from other franchises have also shown solidarity. Apparently, other players said if their salaries remain unpaid they would boycott the playoffs.
The four teams that have made it to the playoffs are the Toronto Nationals, Brampton Wolves, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks. The first qualifier and the eliminator will take place on 08 August. The second qualifier will then take place on 10 August. The GT20 final will subsequently be held on 11 August in Brampton.
The player protests at the GT20 Canada league will also cause concerns for players taking part in the Euro T20 Slam, which starts on August 20. After all, Bombay Sports Limited is owner of the Euro T20 Slam.
Qualifier 1: Brampton Wolves vs. Vancouver Knights
Sportsbooks have given Brampton odds of 1.83 and the Knights odds of 1.90. The two teams have played excellent cricket throughout the tournament and topped the table. The Knights had two games abandoned, though, and so took second place.
The winner of this match will go straight to the final. Meanwhile, the loser will get another crack by playing the winner of the eliminator game between Toronto and Winnipeg.
Eliminator: Toronto Nationals vs. Winnipeg Hawks
This is a must-win game for both teams because the loser goes home. The winner will take on the loser from qualifier 1 to see who will book a place in the grand finale. Sportsbooks have the Winnipeg as favourites, but not by much. Toronto go in with odds of 1.90, while Winnipeg are just ahead with odds of 1.83.
Canadian cricket fans will be eager to get behind their respective franchises and support their teams. However, it all depends on whether the league owners are able to keep their promises and pay players their dues!