The ongoing Global League T20 in Canada was in news just before the Round 2 match between Montreal Tigers and Toronto Nationals. They refused to take the bus at the scheduled time over unpaid wages.
Initially, ESPNcricinfo broke the story. The match was delayed by almost two hours due to the protest by players. Later a press release from the organizers confirmed about the same and informed the stakeholders had a meeting about the same. “The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday was delayed due to procedural issues between the players, the GT20 league, and the franchise owners. All the stakeholders had a meeting and addressed the concerns,” said a press release from the organisers.
Global T20 Canada, on their Twitter handle, informed at 12.40 p.m. local time, that the match had been “delayed due to technical reasons”. The match then rescheduled for 2.30 p.m. local time start from the originally scheduled at 12.30 p.m. The announcement also said that it would remain a full 20-over contest even after the delay.
The release also explained how the tournament authorities are trying to promote the sport in Canada as much as possible and there might be some obstacles that they need to face. “On behalf of GT20 Canada, we sincerely thank all the stakeholders, players, and support staff for their constant support and confidence in us. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to our sponsors, broadcasters, and millions of fans across the globe,” the release read.
But according to the news, the issue is taken seriously not by just these two teams. The ESPN report informed quoting a source that the other squads have also told team and league owners Bombay Sports Limited that they will refuse to take the field for the playoffs beginning on Thursday if all the unpaid wages are not being paid by then.