Players from Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands at the forefront in Euro T20 Slam - Images by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

The organisers of the inaugural edition of Euro T20 Slam have postponed the event to a 2020 start and the organisers spokesperson have confirmed the same, with cricket boards of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands expressing disappointment on the turn of events, but hopeful of a 2020 start.

The organisers however, did not specify the exact reasons behind the postponement in the press statement. The tournament had already finalised the franchise teams and squads and coaches (for some of the teams) and the tournament was supposed to start in the final week of Aug 2019.

The organisers of the tournament, who apparently are also the owners for GT20 Canada, had also lined up broadcast partners and fantasy cricket league platform for the event. The postponement will be met with criticism from the stakeholders as a lot of money has gone in to get the logistics and players payments on board, to get cancelled at such a short notice.

The league was supposed to be held in all the three countries and required heavy logistical solutions for both travels and management for teams, players, officials, media partners and the broadcast networks. GT20 Canada has been in a loss making situation for 2018 and 2019 (presumably), and it could be one of the reasons for the postponement by the organisers.

The local players of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands stand to lose a lot as not only they will be losing out on their contract payments, but also be left without any cricket for the three week window scheduled for the event.

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The turn of events will not go down well with ICC, who have been discussing the viability of more T20 leagues in the calendar year and the administrative part of the tournaments, in terms of delivering proper player management and payroll structures.

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