West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has stepped forward to endorse the Canadian inter-university college championship currently being played from 13-17 September at King City, Ontario.
The winning team will take home the Sarwan Trophy. In all eight teams will participate in the competition to be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club.
"This is a momentous step for our sport in Canada. Universities have a burgeoning number of elite players and this is a way to get an education and play cricket," said Cricket Canada's first vice-president Ravin Moorthy in a statement.
Already, a similar initiative has seen the American College Cricket championship being played for the Chanderpaul Trophy, named after West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
"We are ecstatic at securing Ronnie Sarwan's endorsement. As two current superstars Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan will forever be appreciated for supporting the development of cricket in the USA and Canada," said American College Cricket president Lloyd Jodah.
At the end of the championship, a Combined Universities team will also play a friendly game against a Canada 'A' team.