CIBC National Cricket League

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CIBC National Cricket League
CountriesCanada Canada
AdministratorCricket Canada
FormatTwenty20/50 Over
First edition2005
Tournament formatDouble round-robin and Knockout
Number of teams5 (2013)
Current championWestern Stallions (T20)/(50 Over)
Most successfulOntario B (1 title)
Most runsCanada Jabbar Abdul (159)[1]
Most wicketsCanada Katchay Eion (8)[2]
TVSportsnet World
WebsiteCIBC National Cricket League

The CIBC National Cricket League, formerly known as the Scotiabank National T20 Championship is the first ever Twenty20 domestic competition in Canada held by Cricket Canada. The first tournament started in 2005 from August 1 to 5, in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Brockton Oval. It featured teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario. It saw British Columbia defeated Ontario in the final, by four wickets.[3]

In 2008, it was revived and was played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario, it was held on a rotational basis, this year the Ontario Cricket Association hosted teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Nova Scotia.[4] Ontario 'B' were champions defeating Quebec in the final.

However, in 2012 Cricket Canada revamped the tournament and modeled it after the Indian Premier League. Instead of each province sending their own representative teams, Cricket Canada divided the country into 5 regions, with a team composed of players from a particular region on the team. In addition, each region was assigned a member of the Canada national cricket team to serve as captain. Other Canadian national team players at both the Senior and Under 19 levels competed for regional teams as well.[5] Also, in 2013, Cricket Canada brought in 5 professional cricketers from Trinidad and Tobago to improve the play of the competition.

In addition to the T20 tournament, this competition also features a 50 over tournament featuring the same squads. The Cliff Cox Trophy is awarded to the 50 overs winner, while the Calvin Clarke Trophy is awarded to the T20 winner. Under the Scotiabank sponsorship, the winner received the Ed Bracht Trophy.

Teams[edit]

Team Name City Sponsor Captain Foreign Professional
Current Teams
Central Shield Ontario Sportsnet World Rizwan Cheema Ancil Bhagan (Trinidad and Tobago)
Eastern Fury Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada Teacher's Blended Scotch Whiskey Ashish Bagai Marlon Richards (Trinidad and Tobago)
Pacific Edge British Columbia Vij's at Home Jimmy Hansra Yannick Ottley (Trinidad and Tobago)
Prairie Fire Saskatchewan and Manitoba CricHQ Hiral Patel Jason Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago)
Western Stallions Alberta Titan GSG Media Corporation Khurram Chohan Kjorn Ottley (Trinidad and Tobago)

Former Teams[edit]

Championships[edit]

The Western Stallions are the reigning National Cricket League champions winning both formats in 2013.

Year T20 50 Over
Champions
2015 Not Held Not Held
2014 Not Held Not Held
2013 Western Stallions Western Stallions
2012 Prairie Fire Western Stallions
2010 Not Held Ontario
2009 Not Held Not Held
2008 Ontario B Not Held
2007 Not Held Not Held
2006 Not Held Not Held
2005 British Columbia Not Held

Sponsorship[edit]

CIBC (A Canadian chartered bank) became the title sponsor for the competition in 2013.[6] As well each of the clubs have sponsors of their own. The Pacific Edge was sponsored by Vij's at Home, the Western Stallions by Titan GSG Media Corporation, Prairie Fire by CricHQ, Central Shield by Sportsnet World and Eastern Fury by Teacher's Blended Scotch Whiskey.

Television[edit]

In 2013, matches were executive produced by TITAN GSG MEDIA CORPORATION and produced by Rogers Television. Broadcast coverage was provided in High Definition on Rogers Television and Sportsnet World. As well, all matches were streamed on www.sportsnet.ca. The commentary team included Nigel Reed, known for Canadian soccer and rugby coverage on TSN and Sportsnet, and Faraz Sarwat, notable Cricinfo, Wisden and Toronto Star journalist.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cricket Canada records 2008 season: Most runs
  2. ^ Cricket Canada records: Most wickets
  3. ^ British Columbia Mainland Cricket League News Archive
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 26, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ CIBC National Cricket League Kicks Off Sunday
  6. ^ CIBC National Cricket League

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