Cricket these days is swarmed with T20 leagues. With the popularity around T20 cricket increasing by the day, it is but natural to introduce more and more leagues around the globe. The latest addition to the list of T20 leagues is the Euro T20 Slam, featuring two teams each from Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
The name ‘Euro T20 Slam‘ was decided following the meetup between the three boards and event managers including GS Holding and Woods Entertainment. The name was chosen with a general consensus to make it a distinctive and vibrant brand while also aligning with global T20 leagues.
Name unveiled for the new European T20 competition.
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) March 20, 2019
Woods Entertainment managing partner Prashant Mishra shared the vision behind the name, saying:
“We wanted to add the energy factor to our tournament, hence we have decided to name it Euro T20 Slam.”
The inaugural tournament is scheduled from 30 August to 22 September. The official launch of the Euro T20 Slam will take place in Ireland on 30th April.
The official name of the recently-announced European T20 competition – that will be played across Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands starting August 2019 – is the ‘Euro T20 Slam’.
— Mark Woods (@markbritball) March 20, 2019
Team Composition and City Franchises
The teams will be allowed to draft in a maximum of 7 overseas and a minimum of 9 domestic players. A minimum of 6 domestic players is a must in the playing XI.
Below is the team composition and the cities each team is going to be based in:
- Scotland – Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Ireland – Belfast and Dublin
- Netherlands – Amsterdam and Rotterdam
Amsterdam and Rotterdam will be the two teams from the Netherlands in the inaugural edition.
Venues and Matches
One venue from the three participating countries will host the league. The venues include Dublin, Edinburgh, and Amsterdam. A total of 33 matches, including semi-finals and the final, will be played this year. The tournament will be played on the round-robin format, meaning that each team will meet every other team before the semi-finals.
As it seems, the league has been envisioned to promote cricket in the Netherlands, Ireland, and Scotland, where cricket is not the first-choice sport. Secondly, a limited number of players are called up from these countries for leagues across the globe which is the reason why Euro T20 Slam was necessary.