The second edition of the Global T20 Canada is set to get underway on Thursday and it promises to be bigger and better than the previous year. The defending champions Vancouver Knights will face the Toronto Nationals in the opening game of the season. It will be a historic occasion as two legends of the game, Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle will walk out for the toss and the tussle will be the one to watch out for.
Both the sides have some attractive players in their squads. Toronto have the likes of Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum among others in their team apart from Yuvraj. The Knights, however, have retained their core from the last year which won them the title. Rassie van der Dussen, Gayle, Fawad Ahmed and Tim Southee all played for them in 2018 and once again, they look like a force to reckon with.
The 1st match of the Global T20 Canada 2019 will be played between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights at the CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario.
The match starts at 12:30 PM local time (10:00 PM IST) (4:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
Not much information is available about the venue and the pitch will be on offer. This being the first match of the season, it should be a decent wicket to bat on. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first as no one is sure about the behaviour of the surface.
Probable Playing XIs:
Calum Macleod, Chirag Suri, Yuvraj Singh (C), Heinrich Klaasen, Ghulam Shabber (WK), Kieron Pollard, Mark Montfort, Chris Green, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeremy Gordon, Jasdeep Singh.
Bench – Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar, Manpreet Gony, Brendon McCullum.
Chris Gayle (C), Chadwick Walton (WK), Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali, Saad Bin Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, JJ Smit, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Tim Southee.
Bench – Hayden Walsh, Tobias Visee, Rayyan Pathan, Harsh Thaker, Daniel Sams, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali, Aaron Summers, Matthew Nandu, Andile Phehlukwayo.
Sandeep Lamichhane is playing in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 at the moment for Nepal which will conclude on July 28. If Nepal qualifies for the final, then Lamichhane will be available after July 28 for the Toronto Nationals.
Andre Russell’s availability is unknown as he was injured during the World Cup and has also been picked in the Windies T20I squad for India series.
Rassie van der Dussen in GT20 2018:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Yuvraj Singh
Vice-Captain Options – Calum MacLeod, Chadwick Walton, Rizwan Cheema
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Heinrich Klaasen, Chadwick Walton
Batsmen – Yuvraj Singh, Calum MacLeod (VC), Chris Gayle (C), Rassie van der Dussen
All-Rounders – Rizwan Cheema
Bowlers – Mitchell McClenaghan, Mark Montfort, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Chadwick Walton (VC)
Batsmen – Yuvraj Singh (C), Chirag Suri, Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Asif Ali
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Chris Green
Bowlers – Mitchell McClenaghan, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan.
Brendon McCullum’s name hasn’t been listed by Dream11 and there is confusion if he is part of the Toronto Nationals yet.
It is better to wait for the playing XIs as there is not much clarity over the perfect squads.
There is also a rule to include five full member players (inclusive of marquee players), two Canada players, one ICC Americas region member player and three ICC Associate member players in the playing XI. We will get more clarity once the first match is played.
Vancouver Knights have better depth in their squad and they are expected to win this match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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