As the Montreal Tigers’ chosen marquee players for the 2019 GT20 Canada second season, much will be expected from former Australian captain and batsman George Bailey West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine, and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera. The Tigers hopes will be for these three to provide consistently outstanding performances with bat and ball as an inspiration to the other less famous members of the franchise’s roster.

George Bailey had been on the Australian domestic cricket scene for a decade when he made his international debut in early 2012, yet few men have had such a meteoric rise. If that seems a contradiction, consider that Bailey went from uncapped to captain with nothing in between. Australia were searching for a new leader of their Twenty20 side and the Tasmanian Bailey was one of the most respected state skippers, and was thrust into the role to replace Cameron White. It made him the first man since Dave Gregory in the first Test match in 1877 to be named captain in his debut for Australia in any format. Over the next couple of years Bailey worked his way into Australia's team in all three forms of the game, and was part of the unchanged XI that delivered an Ashes whitewash in 2013-14.

However, while he made contributions in the Test team and T20 side, it was as an ODI batsman that Bailey shone brightest. A destructive striker capable of changing a match within a few overs, Bailey enjoyed an especially prolific ODI year in 2013 and at his peak was ranked the No.2 ODI batsman in the world.

One of the most respected men in Australian cricket, Bailey was viewed as a mature and adaptable captain. He led Australia in two World T20 campaigns before resigning the T20 captaincy in 2014 to focus on ODIs and playing more first-class cricket.

 Full name George John Bailey

Born September 7, 1982, Launceston, Tasmania

Current age 36 years 312 days

Major teams Australia, Scotland, Australia A,Chennai Super Kings, Hampshire, Hobart Hurricanes,Kings XI Punjab, Melbourne Stars, Middlesex,Rising Pune Supergiants, Sussex, Tasmania,Tasmania Under-19s, World-XI

Nickname Hector

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 1 183 53 26.14 311 58.84 0 1 15 8 10 0
T20Is 30 26 7 473 63 24.89 346 136.70 0 2 37 20 10 0
T20s 199 179 44 3954 89* 29.28 3023 130.79 0 23 334 116 83 0

 Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
T20s 199 1 12 24 0 - - - 12.00 - 0 0 0

Sunil Narine, a mystery spinner, caught the West Indies selectors' attention by taking all ten wickets in a trial match and received a call up to the Trinidad & Tobago squad in January 2009. He may not have accomplished that in international cricket , but every time Narine came to bowl, he looked like taking a wicket. His bag of tricks - an assortment of carrom balls, knuckle balls and skidders - led West Indies to the World T20 title in 2012 - the first time they claimed a World trophy since 1979.

He was one of the chief architects of Kolkata Knight Riders' two title victories in 2012 and 2014 - well worth the investment they put in him. He was bought at US $700,000 in 2012, promptly became the Man of the Tournament and has been retained by the franchise ever since. Narine once bowled more overs than runs conceded in a Twenty20 match, with 21 dot balls out of 24 in the Caribbean Premier League 2014. After nearly 650 overs, he went into IPL 2016 with 216 wickets at an economy rate of 5.52. Such highs were beyond him in the Test arena though; his last match came in December 2013 and his bowling average remains a dismal 40.52.

Narine ran into serious trouble with his bowling action in the Champions League Twenty20 2014. He had to rework it once before too, in 2011, with the help of biomechanical experts at the University of Western Australia in Perth, prior to making his ODI debut in India.

Narine was lost to international cricket for over a year, but he returned to the West Indies side in November 2015 and ran into trouble with his action again. This time it was the ICC who were on his tail and he was subsequently suspended from bowling in international cricket. He was ranked the No. 1 bowler in T20Is when he was picked for the World T20 in 2016, but withdrew from the tournament to focus on his rehabilitation. In April, two days before the start of the IPL, his action was cleared by the ICC.

During the 2018 Indian Premier League he became the most valuable player, this was his second MVP award, after his debut season in 2012 Indian Premier League. In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Dhaka Dynamites team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. In March 2019, Narine played in his 100th match in the IPL.

In May 2018, he was named as one of the ten marquee players for the first edition of the Global T20 Canada cricket tournament. On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the tournament.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canadatournament.

Full name Sunil Philip Narine

Born May 26, 1988, Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

Current age 31 years 51 days

Major teams West Indies, Barisal Burners, Cape Cobras,Comilla Victorians, Guyana Amazon Warriors,Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars,Melbourne Renegades, Montreal Tigers, Quetta Gladiators,Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago,West Indies Under-19s

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

T20Is

48 20 8 147 30 12.25 116 126.72 0 0 13 5 7 0
T20s 326 181 40 2116 79 15.00 1433 147.66 0 6 205 125 68 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
T20Is 48 46 1030 1034 50 4/12 4/12 20.68 6.02 20.6 1 0 0
T20s 326 321 7442 7487 370 5/19 5/19 20.23 6.03 20.1 11 1 0

A bustling right-arm seamer and sporadically effective left-handed hitter, Thisara Perera has been in Sri Lanka's short-format sides since 2010. Bowling is ostensibly Perera's major skill but, often deployed in the lower-middle order, he is also capable of delivering furious finishes to an innings. Perera is particularly severe on spin, which has led to his being used as a pinch-hitter through the middle overs, but he has at times also been weak to quality pace bowling. He is the kind of player for whom form in one discipline usually bleeds into the other.

Perera has also done well with bat and ball on previous tours to Australia, and has often been at his best against India, memorably slamming the straight six that completed Sri Lanka's World T20 triumph in 2014. His more recent years have been beset by inconsistency but Perera continues to command a place in the side. He has hat-tricks in both ODIs and T20s.

Perera was a part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. On 12 February 2016, Perera joined Brett Lee to take hat-tricks in both ODI & T20.

He has played the most number of T20I innings(45) for Sri Lanka without scoring a T20I fifty and also holds the record for scoring most number of T20I runs for Sri Lanka without hitting any fifties. He also has the record for the highest individual score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 7 position or lower in Twenty20 International (49) and also jointly holds the record for Sri Lanka for the highest score batting at number 8 position in T20I along with Angelo Mathews(35*)

In August 2017, he was named in a World XI side to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore. In the second T20I of the series, Perera took 2 wickets and scored an unbeaten 19-ball 47 runs to lift the World XI to win by 7 wickets. The score highlighted by five huge sixes and Perera won the man of the match award for his match winning all-round performances.

In April 2018, he was named in the Rest of the World XI squad for the one-off T20I against the West Indies, to be played at Lord's on 31 May 2018.

Having been bought by the Chennai Super Kings he has been one of the few Sri Lanka players to consistently find employment in the competition.

Full name Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera

Born April 3, 1989, Colombo

Current age 30 years 104 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Chennai Super Kings,Colts Cricket Club, Gloucestershire, Guyana Amazon Warriors,ICC World XI, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala,Melbourne Renegades, Montreal Tigers, Multan Sultans,Mumbai Indians, Quetta Gladiators, Rising Pune Supergiants,Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Under-19s, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots,Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wayamba, World-XI

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education St. Joseph's College, Maradana

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
T20Is 79 70 21 1169 61 23.85 767 152.41 0 3 87 62 30 0
T20s 260 218 60 3181 84 20.13 2166 146.86 0 7 218 178 107 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
T20Is 79 64 1054 1628 51 3/24 3/24 31.92 9.26 20.6 0 0 0
T20s 260 236 4157 5939 226 5/26 5/26 26.27 8.57 18.3 1 1 0