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Finland is the latest cricketing outpost to suddenly find the eyes of the sporting world upon it, with the 2020 Finnish Premier League attracting global interest.
The tournament marks the start of the 2020 domestic season in Finland and sees eight teams go head-to-head in the T20 tournament between the start of June and the end of August.
Helsinki CC are the defending champions, having beaten Empire CC in last year’s final – a result which booked their place in the European Cricket League.
While they will have to wait until 2021 to play that tournament in La Manga, the wait for the new season of FPL action in Kerava to kick-off is over, however.
Read on for more on the teams and the tournament….
Eight teams will compete in the 2020 Finnish Premier League, led by defending champions Helsinki Cricket Club. They and last year’s runners-up, Empire CC, are among the favourites for the tournament.
There are two new teams for 2020 too, with Greater Helsinki Cricket Club and Bengal Tigers CC Thundercats both promoted. The two teams played in the final in each of the last two Division 1 seasons, with Greater Helsinki winning on both occasions.
Here are the eight teams in full:
- Helsinki Cricket Club (defending champions)
- Vantaa CC
- Empire CC Lions
- SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti
- GYM Helsinki Gymkhana
- Bengal Tigers CC Thundercats
- Greater Helsinki CC
- FPC Finnish Pakistani Club
The league phase will feature 56 matches in all, as each team plays the other four times over the course of the season.
The bulk of the matches will be played at the Kerava National Cricket Ground, with a few matches scheduled for Vantaa’s Tikkurila Cricket Ground too.
Following the league stage, the play-offs feature an eliminator for the teams finishing fourth and third and a qualifier for the top two teams.
The winner of the qualifier reaches the final, where they will face the winner of a second qualifier (contested by the eliminator winner and the first qualifier loser). The final is scheduled for August 30.
With little in the way of distractions, Betway and Bet365 are offering match markets on the Finnish Premier League.
You can bet on the winner of each match online, though there are currently no further odds on offer.
The Finnish teams are packed with quality all-rounders, who have all made their mark on this tournament before. As a result, there are plenty of players who could contribute with bat and ball to consider for your Dream 11 teams.
Top players to select for your Dream 11 teams during the Finnish Premier League 2020 include:
Helsinki Cricket Club: Ghulam Abbas Butt (26 wickets in 13 matches last season, 250 runs)
Vantaa CC: Nalaka Hangamuwe (20 wickets last season)
Empire CC: Mahesh Tambe (28 wickets last season, including 5-24 in the final); Amjad Sher (209 runs, 26 wickets last season)
SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti: Nathan Collins (Finnish national captain, hit two 50s in five T20Is)
GYM Helsinki Gymkhana: Abdul Rehman (the team’s second-highest run-scorer and wicket-taker in 2019).
Bengal Tigers CC Thundercats: Tonmoy Kumar Saha (captain, took six wickets in last season’s two Div 1. Play-off matches).
Greater Helsinki CC: Mohammad Ziaur Rehman (runs and wickets in last season’s play-offs)
FPC Finnish Pakistani Club: Abdul-Ahad Qureshi (last season’s top FPL run-scorer with 432)
The Finnish Premier League is to be broadcast live on YouTube by the European Cricket Network, or via their website at http://www.ecn.cricket.
Helsinki CC proved too strong last season and with players like Ghulam Abbas Butt still in their ranks, they will be one of the teams to beat again this season.
Empire CC fell at the final hurdle, but they too have a strong team and are packed with all-round talent to prove their potential.
Last season’s finalists, with the core of those teams retained, look the favourites to reach the same stage again.
Prediction: Helsinki CC to win the 2020 Finnish Premier League
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