"Procedural issues" to blame for delayed start between Montreal Tigers and Toronto Nationals

Initially defined as "technical issues" the statement from Global T20 Canada came after reports of outstanding payments owed to players

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Global T20 Canada has apologised for the delayed start to the game between Montreal Tigers and Toronto Nationals and has blamed "procedural issues" as the reason for the problem.

The tournament's Twitter account initially detailed the delay as a problem regarding "technical issues", but a statement given later stated that they were related to issues between the players, the GT20 league and the franchise owners.

The news comes after reports emerged before play was due to get underway that players had refused to board the team bus over disputes regarding outstanding payments due to players.

However, a statement issued once play had begun stated: "The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, 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.

"Global T20 Canada management is doing their best to popularise the game in North America and as a new entity in cricket, are bound to come across certain hurdles."

Play between the two sides got going two hours later than scheduled.

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