Cricket Scotland
Scotland will have teams based in Edinburgh and Glasgow (AFP Photo)

The cricket boards of Scotland, Netherlands and Ireland have joined hands to launch a European T20 cricket league on the lines of similar tournaments that have cropped up globally over the recent years.

The inaugural edition of the tournament will start from August 22 and continue till September 22 to be contested between six franchises with each country fielding two teams.

The city-based franchise league will have 33 matches spread across the three participating nations, featuring a group stage to be followed by semi-finals and final.

Malcolm Cannon, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland is looking at the tournament as a massive opportunity to develop local players, giving them a chance to rub shoulders with the best in the business.

“Cricket Scotland is always looking for more fixtures against high-quality opposition to develop the talent in our national team. The proposal for a six-team European tournament featuring teams from Ireland and Netherlands provides an excellent basis for Scottish cricket to prosper,” he said in a media release.

He added, “Cricket Scotland is always looking for more fixtures against high-quality opposition to develop the talent in our national team. The proposal for a six-team European tournament featuring teams from Ireland and Netherlands provides an excellent basis for Scottish cricket to prosper.

“Off the back of our highest ever global T20I ranking of 11th, the tournament comes at a fantastic time for Scottish cricket. The chance to play alongside some of the best in the business will provide a great opportunity for our players to learn and develop their own skillset as we strive to achieve Full Membership and climb the ICC team rankings. The league also comes at an important time of year for Scotland, with the proposed timeframe presenting an opportunity to play quality competitive cricket ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in UAE in October.”

Each team will have a squad of 16 players of which a minimum nine must be domestic while a maximum seven can be overseas. Further, the playing XI must six domestic players.

Scotland will have teams based in Glasgow and Edinburgh. “We are excited to bring the global phenomenon of T20 franchise cricket to Scotland, with our vision to have two city-based teams in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Not only will the tournament help develop our players and coaches, we hope the tournament will increase public perceptions of the sport as well as engage communities around our franchise teams, with the opportunity to watch top cricketers from across the globe,” Cannon said.