Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands set to launch Euro T20 League

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Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland have announced the formation of a new franchise-based T20 League. The inaugural edition of the three-week tournament, jointly hosted by the three boards, is set to run from August 30.
The six teams will be split evenly across the three countries with Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow the franchises in Ireland and Scotland. The two host venues of the Dutch teams are yet to be announced. However, it is likely that VRA ground in Amstelveen is likely to be one of the venues, while the other could be hosted at Rotterdam or The Hague.
Malcolm Cannon, chief executive of Cricket Scotland, clarified that they weren’t “mimicking” other T20 leagues around the world. “I think playing across three nations makes it unique,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “But I think for Scottish fans, bringing the excitement of domestic T20 franchise league cricket to the home shores is a first. It gives television audiences at home and overseas world-class cricket at their doorstep.”
In addition to nine domestic players, each franchise can sign up to seven overseas professionals in their 16-member squads. A minimum of six domestic players must also be in the starting XI for each match to ensure local players have the majority of opportunities. The organisers are yet to decide if they will adopt a draft process or an auction.
Cannon also clarified that a player will be classified as “domestic” only if he is signed by a franchise from the country he belongs. For example, Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer would be considered a domestic player if he were picked up by either the Edinburgh or Glasgow franchise, but would be considered an overseas player if he were picked up by an Irish or Dutch franchise.
There was no word on whether higher profile local players such as Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Kevin O’Brien or Paul Stirling would be assigned icon status in order to link them with one of the respective home franchises ahead of any draft or auction.
Logistics of playing it across several countries is among the challenges the league faces. Each team is set to play 10 matches – five home and five away – across the tournament ahead of the semi-finals and final.