Decision on Euro T20 Slam launch on June 23

Euro T20 Slam is likely to start in August this year, almost a year after the inaugural season of the six-team franchisee based professional cricket league was postponed last year.

Organisers on June 23 will take a final call on hosting the first edition of the Euro T20 Slam in Ireland.

The tournament, to feature teams from Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands cricket associations, is sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.

The plans to start the league last year were derailed a fortnight before the start date of August 30 due to  financial concerns. COVID-19 has caused grave concerns for sports this year. But The Euro T20 Slam organisers are targeting to start the event in Ireland from August 20, states a report by ESPN Cricinfo.

The Euro T20 Slam can clash with the Caribbean Premier League. But organisers are optimistic about getting good talent for the league since not much international cricket is happening due to restrictions imposed in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Irish, Scottish and Dutch cricket boards had agreed in March last year to form the new European league, developed in consultation with the ICC.

Last year’s Euro Slam cancellation came days after the GT20 had run into financial difficulties, which included the non-payment of player wages. However, it is understood that the GT20 is unlikely to run this year, due to the Canadian government’s coronavirus-related restrictions and the costs associated with flying in international cricketers and keeping them in isolation.

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