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Canada have unveiled plans to build a $700 million enclosed stadium in the city of Toronto so that they can start hosting international matches “within four to five years”.
The stadium is set to accommodate 35,000 fans and will feature natural grass and an enclosed roof in order to ensure that matches can be played at any time of the year.
“Our plan is to have this stadium built and ready for international cricket within four to five years,” Canadian Premier League president Bob Mitchell said via a press release. “There isn’t a stadium anywhere in the world like the one we intend to build.”
Canada is currently ranked 20th in ODIs and Canadian Premier League CEO Roy Singh believes that the country can start soaring up the rankings if they build proper facilities.
“The stadium is actually state of the art for North America,” Singh told Global News. “We want to set the tone for high-quality, state-of-the-art facilities for cricket, starting in Canada.”
Singh added that financing for the stadium had already been secured more than six weeks ago.
“With this financing we can now move to the next phase of selecting a site and securing further investors for this ambitious project,” he said.
After its failure to launch in August 2013, the Canadian Premier League is set to make a big bang in August this year. However, in order for the tournament to gain a lot of recognition, numerous international stars are going to have to participate in the competition.
This is why each franchise is set to consist of eight Canadian players and three international cricketers.
“By attaching immediately recognisable cricket celebrities to our league we can instantly connect to a world-wide audience,” Singh said. “Our games will be televised internationally as well as throughout Canada. It’s been difficult and it still is difficult as we move along but I intend to see this through to the end.
“We believe the CPLT20 will quickly become a household name in Canada and around the world.”