Cricket is back in some way or another as Finland has become the third associate country after Vanuatu and Estonia to start their Domestic local competition Finnish Premier League T20 tournament which is bound to start from today. The first match will be played between Helsinki Cricket Club and Vantaa Cricket club and it will start at 08:30 PM IST.
Finnish Premier League overview
Starting Date : 01 June 2020
Final : 30 August 2020
Number of Teams : 8
Number of Venues : 2
The tournament is set to go off today after the Finland Government gave a green signal to athletes to resume outdoor training from 14th May amidst the lockdown imposed in the entire country due to COVID-19 scare.
There will be a total of 8 teams which will be taking part in this competition. They are named as Bengal Tigers Cricket Club (BTCC Thundercats), Empire Cricket Club (Empire Lions), FPC Finnish Pakistani Club, Greater Helsinki Cricket Club (Greater Helsinki Markhors), GYM Helsinki Gymkhana, Helsinki Cricket Club, SKK Stadin ja Keravan Kriketti (SKK Rapids) and Vantaa Cricket Club.
The league will be played in Double round robin format, just like how the IPL is played where 8 teams will compete among each others in 60 matches for the ultimate title.
Today’s match : Helsinki Cricket Club vs Vantaa Cricket club, 08:30 PM IST, Kerava National Cricket ground
There will be only a couple of venues which will host the entire tournament. Kerava National Cricket ground will host a lot of group games along with the Playoff and the finals while Tikkurila Cricket ground will also host some group games.
Where to watch
Streaming : Fancode and YouTube
Live score : Cricpick (You can also check the schedule here)
Important players to watch out for Fantasy
Batsmen & All Rounders
Abdul-Ahad Qureshi : He averaged 36 with the Strike rate of 123 in last season.
Aniketh Pusthay : 408 runs at the strike are of 137 in last season.
Atif Rasheed : Strike rate of 153 in previous season, average also 33. He also took 10 wickets.
Ghulam Abbas Butt : Although his average in previous season was only 19, he scored at the strike rate of 171. He also picked up 26 wickets at an average of 11. He is a proper All- Rounder.
Faheem Nellancheri : Average of 19 but strike rate of 152.
Ekhpelwak Kuchey : His strike rate of 100 is pretty low but he averaged 31 in last season.
Mahesh Tambe : 28 wickets in last season at an average of 11 and Strike rate of 10.
Amjad Sher : 26 wickets at an average of 14 but economy of only 4.92 in a T20 competition.
Nalaka Hangamuwe : 20 wickets at an average of 7 in last season.
Raaz Mohammad : 22 wickets in 16 matches last season.
Manoj Kumar : 19 wickets in 14 matches last season.
Madura Milan Hettiarachilage : 18 wickets at an average of 12
Thusara Senanayake : 11 wickets at an average of only 9.
So far, only the 2 out of 8 Teams have announced their squads and here is the squad of those two teams.
Helsinki Cricket Club: Zakiullah Kamal, Rakesh Bhatia. Rohollah Sadiqui, Faheem Nellancheri, Sapan Mehta, Shabir Sheerzad, Venkat Ram Yellapragada, Abdul Wahid Qureshi, Abbas Khan, Amrik Bhatia, Meharji Arumilli, Pathiyil Mohammed Rashid, Shreshth Bhaskar, Srikishan Shanmuga Sundaram, Venkat Swaroop Achuta, Ekhpelwak Kuchey, Aminullah Malikzay, Avnish Kumar, Mridul Johari, Pulkit Arora, Aniketh Pushthay, Ghulam Abbas Butt, Karthik Pavan Vurubandi, Nesarulhaq Malekzaei, Zakiullah Kamal, Adnan Syed, Zahoor Khan, Maneesh Chauhan, Affan Bin Zafar, Adarsh Kumar, Rahul Bhandari, Shantanu Bajaj, Abdul Ahad Qureshi, Akhil Arjunan, Mirza Kamran Saleem, Amit Singh, Arun Bhatia, Jagmeet Sidhu Singh, Madhu Bhandari, Obaidullah Sadiqui, Tejas Prajapti, Abrar Mirza, Arjith Arjunan, Gautam Bhaskar, Khalid Rahman Mangal, Thankaraj Filomina Geo, Vineet Shekhar, Rakesh Bhaskar, Akshay Kumar Pusthay.
Vantaa Cricket Club: Nalin Sanjeeva Muthugalage, Tyronne Jayanath Premasiri, Mahen Galpotthawela, Mohamed Niroz Mohamed Naseer, Ravi Sanjeewa Kahingala, Manoj Mahamada Achchige, Chanaka Jayasinge, Md Shak Mahabuber, Ranuka Shiran Fernando, Sarath Heenbatantirige, Amila Sampath Hathurusingha, Chaminda Janaka Abewickrama, Gaurav Pensia, Kapeesan Rajah, Kasun Chamara Pasikku, Lasitha Pradeep Gunathilaka, Sanjeewa Peththahandi, Shantha Muthugalage, Thusara Senanayake, Danushka Hewa Manage, Lakmal Balapitiya Liyanage, Lalith Aththanayaka, Mohamed Ihshan, Pratik Subedi, Ameer Hamsa Warsha, Madura Milan Hettiarachilage, Dilip Hethumuni, Dilshan Kuda Vidanage, Fernando Milan, Imal Hengedara Vidanalage, Nipuna Patabendi Nidelage, Rama Krishna Velagapudi, Safran Mohamed, Vijitha Perera, Gaurav Sharma, Pirabaharan Rajah, Vikas Joshi, Lahiru Hikkaduwa Liyanage, Buddhika Nishshanka Liyanagem, Nalaka Hangamuwe, Priyan Suranjan De Silva Karunamuny, Rahman Tawhidur, Abid Shaikh, Janath Sandaradura, Nishadh Aluthge, Qaisar Munir, Sasikaran Thambiraja, Senthil Nathan Manikkaraja, Zill Ellaha.