Tue, 04/30/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the signing of All-Star wicket-keeper batsman Ashish Bagai to a national team central contract.

Bagai is Canada’s most capped and successful player, having played in 119 international fixtures including 3 World Cup appearances.  His career figures include scoring over 3,500 international runs and 158 dismissals as wicket-keeper.

The former captain has been absent from Canada’s line-up since completion of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, where he enjoyed a productive tournament featuring two half centuries, 84 vs NZ in Mumbai and 64* vs KENYA in Delhi, on his way to a 235 run campaign which also included 11 dismissals behind the stumps.

“Fortunately, the timing has worked out well as I will be graduating from the MBA program at Wharton in the middle of May and have a 9 month window before starting employment with McKinsey & Company in February 2014." said Bagai.

Cricket Canada is entering a crucial nine-month period where the Men’s team will compete in two major World Cup Qualifiers; November’s World T20Q in Dubai and the 2015 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand to start 2014.

“Canadian cricket means a lot to me and I am excited to play a role in helping Canada qualify for both of these events once again.“

Bagai continued, "I know the recent results have not been great, but there are some promising aspects that we can build on during the upcoming summer. It’s going to require a lot of commitment and character from the players and I am confident that the guys will rise to the challenge.”

Cricket Canada’s President Ravin Moorthy was confident that the addition of Bagai puts the team solidly on the right track.

“We’ve been down this road before,” Moorthy said in reference to challenging on field results, “in 2008 we were in a similar position ahead of the 2009 Qualifiers in South Africa. We were able to make some moves to bolster our experience, one of which included making the case to Ashish to leave his job (at the time with UBS in London) and be part of the qualification to the 2011 Cricket World Cup”.

Moorthy continued, “To again sign Ashish to a commitment that includes both World Cup qualifiers, clearly signals the organizations intention to make a serious run to qualify for upcoming major world tournaments.”

Cricket Canada’s summer schedule opens with its premier domestic tournament, the National Cricket League from June 23rd– July 1stbefore shifting toward international fixtures with the Auty Cup vs USA in late July, and ICC World Cricket League and ICUP matches with UAE and HOLLAND in August.

Ashish is expected to join the squad on May 15th after completing graduation ceremonies at Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

CLICK for ASHISH BAGAI interview on the Cricket Canada Report

Sun, 04/28/2013

Cricket Canada has announced sweeping changes across the organization coming out of the recent Annual General Meeting in Halifax in March. Cricket Canada president, Ravin Moorthy,  was pleased with the unified approach the board of directors has taken to modernize the organization

“We are facing significant pressures in the organization and in order to respond adequately we needed to modernize and take some tangible steps forward” said Moorthy.

Major highlights of the changes that can be expected to take hold this year:

  • Clear division between policy and operational control of the organization
  • ·Day to day business of the organization will be managed by the Chief Executive and his staff. The staff will include a team of ‘hired’volunteers
  • Consolidation of the Cricket Canada Board of Directors from 17 to 7 members  - this in addition to changes in the membership will allow Cricket Canada to comply with the new government guidelines for Not-for-profits
  • Vetting of nominations for directorship positions by a nominations committee
  • Term limits on positions
  • Creating minimum qualification of standards for selectors for all teams

The move on selection has been a long standing issue between Cricket Canada and the International Cricket Council dating back through several administrations.

Moorthy was pleased with the boards support. “It wasn’t just a matter of ticking a box, it’s a matter of good governance and was pleased to see the directors back us on a policy that no longer requires regionalism and electoral dealings to appoint selectors. “

Under the new approved policy, Cricket Canada’s selection panel will consist of members with minimum first class or international playing experience and will have to apply and be ‘hired’ on fixed terms. This policy will be implemented across all of Cricket Canada’s playing programs.

Cricket Canada Chief Executive Officer Doug Hannum is upbeat about the organization moving forward.

“We’ve put ourselves in a position to move forward with a fully professional team and we’re looking forward to the challenge.  The moves made at the AGM are a direct result of the strategic planning initiative we put forward last year and it is starting to bear fruit”

After completing a successful AGM, Moorthy was realistic about the challenges faced in the short term,

“We’ve managed to modernize the structure and bring it in-line with accepted business practices. While we can now say we’ve made administrative progress, we are now firmly focused on the field and our full support is behind our high performance team for the qualifiers ahead in 2013 and 2014.”

Cricket Canada now looks forward to a summer schedule which opens with Canada's premier domestic tournament, the National Cricket League from June 23rd – July 1st before shifting toward international fixtures with the Auty Cup vs USA in late July, and ICC World Cricket League and ICUP matches with UAE and HOLLAND in August.

Wed, 04/24/2013

Hamilton and District Cricket League (HDCL), a member of Cricket Council of Ontario, was host to the second Level 1 Coach Education course. Organised by Cricket Canada in conjunction with the HDCL, President Shah Zafar observed that the weekend program was a considerable achievement as eighteen persons attended the sessions.

The course, conducted by Cricket Canada's Domestic Development Manager, Ingleton Liburd, with assistance from Rupert Stephenson and Sameer Bhagirathi, was held at the Assumption Catholic High School, Burlington. All of the participants expressed gratitude to Cricket Canada for having this course and spoke highly of the new knowledge that they gained.

The next Level 1 Coach Education course will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on April 27 & 28.

 

Wed, 04/17/2013

Cricket Canada conducted a successful Level 1 Coach Education course in Montreal, Quebec over the weekend of 13 & 14 April. The course was facilitated by Cricket Canada’s Domestic Development Manager, Ingleton Liburd, and High Performance Manager, David Patterson.

Quebec Cricket Federation (QCF) Junior Development Officer, DeCourcey Bishop, worked closely with Cricket Canada to ensure that the course was productive. According to DeCourcey, “All of the attendees were satisfied with the course and the professional manner in which it was conducted”.

QCF President, Charles Pais, said, “I would like to thank the participants for taking time out to attend the Level 1 course since having newly trained cricket coaches will help foster growth and the development of the sport in Canada”.

From Cricket Canada’s Domestic Development Manager, Ingleton Liburd, “This course was the start of a national coach education program to improve on the number of qualified coaches and the quality of coaching in each Province”.

Level 1 Coach Education courses will be held in Burlington, Ontario on April 20 & 21 and in Fredericton, New Brunswick on April 27 & 28.

 

Wed, 04/17/2013

National Under 19 Coach, Ingleton Liburd, together with Cricket Canada High Performance Manager, David Patterson, conducted a talent ID evening with the Quebec Cricket Federation (QCF) last Friday, April 12th.

Conducted at the John Rennie High School in Montreal with the assistance of National Team Selector and QCF Junior Development Officer, Decourcey Bishop, 23 talented male teenage players, together with 2 female players, attended the evening designed to assist in developing the skills of those players who attended as well as to identify potential players of national interest.

Under 19 Players identified as being of national interest will be invited by Ingleton Liburd to attend National U/19 team training in Toronto in the near future.

 

Thu, 04/11/2013

Cricket Canada National team Coach, Gus Logie, together with High Performance Manager, David Patterson, and ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, will be visiting Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg in the first week of May.

They will be spending 2-3 days in each city, meeting with provincial and local cricket officials and undertaking practice and talent ID sessions with provincial players.

For David Patterson, “this trip is important for the building of HP relationships with the provinces, especially in relation to the Cricket Canada HP Structure and Player Pathway as presented at the recent AGM in Halifax, as well as providing the national team coach, Gus Logie, with the opportunity to touch base with current and potential future national team players".

From an ICC perspective, Richard Done has indicated “this visit presents a good opportunity to get the players and other key people in each region together with a particular emphasis on the performance pathway within Canada”.

Along similar lines, David will visiting Montreal this weekend to meet with Quebec cricket officials and players. After conducting a session this Friday evening for potential NCL players and talented local youth, David will be assisting Domestic Development Manager, Ingleton Liburd, in the conduct of a Level 1 Coaching course on 13 and 14 April.

 

Wed, 04/10/2013

Cricket Canada is saddened to announce the passing of former player Marshal De Souza. De Souza, a first class player from Pakistan, emigrated to Canada in the 1960's and soon  became part of the national team. He earned his first Canadian cap in 1967 against the touring MCC side. He also toured the UK as part of Canada's side in 1974.

Marshal is survived by his wife Bertha, and their children.

CRICINFO PROFILE | OBITUARY

Tue, 04/09/2013

The Canadian Women’s team under the guidance of national coach George Codrington will be conducting a 3 day camp in Toronto over the Victoria Day long weekend on May 18,19,20. The Camp will bring together 16 players from the national squad:

Hala Azmat - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club – Toronto, ON
Jenna Bartholemew - Calgary Womens CC - AB
Chrissie Blackadder - West Vancouver CC - BC
Kim Coulter - Wicket Maidens CC - Victoria, BC
Lorraine Kenton - Kaisoca CC - ON
Mahwish Khan - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Kamna Mirchandani - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Monali Patel - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Nicole Samuel - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Durriya Shabbir - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Suthershini Sivanantham - Pirates CC - Montreal, PQ
Sheryl TIttlemier - Manitoba Cricket Academy - Winnipeg, MB
Mikaela Turik - Northern Districts - Sydney, Australia
Vijay Vithanage - Manitoba Cricket Academy - Winnipeg, MB
Joanna White - Wicket Maidens CC - Victoria, BC
Saniyah Zia - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
 
The squad will train at the Sorkkam Cricket Canada Training Centre on Saturday, before playing a series of three T20 matches at Sunnybrook Park on Sunday and Monday. Potential future Canadian players will also be invited to participate in these matches.
 
Coach George Codrington indicated “This is a very important weekend in our preparation for the World T20 qualifiers. It provides an ideal opportunity for us to bring all the squad together, not only to determine the final team but also to work on our team plans moving forward”.
 
The final squad of 14 players to represent Canada at the World T20 Qualifying Tournament in Ireland from July 23 to August 1 will be selected at the conclusion of the Camp.
 
This is the first time that Canadian Women’s team has reached the final stage of World T20 qualification. They did so as a result of winning the ICC Americas tournament in the Cayman Islands in April 2012.
 
Canada has been placed in Group B along with Sri Lanka, hosts Ireland and Japan. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Thailand and Netherlands make up Group A. The winner of the tournament qualifies for the World T20 to be conducted in Bangladesh in March 2014.
 
Wed, 03/27/2013

Cricket Canada Examinations Notice
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Police station, 23 Division, 5230 Finch Avenue West, Toronto

Requirements:

Register by e-mail or telephone before the date above stating the level of examination that you wish to sit.  See below for the only method of registration. Persons who fail to register may not be allowed to sit the examination.

Candidates for the Intermediate Umpire, Qualified Umpire, and Qualified Scorer certificates must bring their own calculators for Last Hour calculations and also bring D/L sheets and resource tables. Cell phones are not allowed in the room.

Candidates may only attempt more than one Cricket Canada umpiring examination and more than one Cricket Canada scoring examination in any calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) if they are successful in the first examination.

Provisional Umpire examination (Level 1). Start time 9:00 a.m.

Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws (Part A) and the basic ICC Standard Playing Conditions (Part B) for limited overs matches.  To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are very strongly advised to study both "Tom Smith's New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring" current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches. This qualification normally expires after five seasons. The examination lasts for one hour. Minimum age 12 years.*  Pass mark 70% in Part A and 70% in part B. Fee: $10.

Intermediate Umpire examination (Level 2). Start time 10:00 a.m.
Candidates must demonstrate a very good knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).Candidates must pass both Part A and Part B. The examination lasts for two-and-a-half hours. Pass mark 75%. Fee: $12.

Qualified Umpire (Level 3). Start time 10:00 a.m.
Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A) including LBW and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).The examination lasts for three hours. Some answers to the questions require detailed explanations. Candidates must pass both Parts A and B and the LBW questions. Cricket Canada Qualified Umpires are capable of standing in any cricket  match up to the national level. Pass mark 80%. Fee: $12. This qualification requires successful on-field assessments by umpires appointed by CricketCanada.

Provisional Scorer examination. Start time 9:00 a.m.
Minimum age 12 years.* Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches as they concern scorers. . To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are strongly advised to studyboth “Tom Smith’s New Cricket  Umpiring and Scoring,” current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches. This qualification normally expires after five seasons. Pass mark 70%. Fee: $10.

Qualified Scorer examination.  Start time 10:00 a.m.
Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws and Test match playing conditions (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches, including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method and bonus point calculation (Part B), as they concern scorers. A score sheet is provided for Part C. The examination lasts for three hours. Candidates are expected to pass Parts A, B and C. This qualification normally expires after five seasons. Pass mark 80%. Fee: $12.

*Assignments are subject to the local  league’s playing conditions

Kantilal (Ken) Patel
Umpire Coordinator and Chairman Umpire Certification
 

To register, contact:

Gwynne Giles
416- 494-0455
gwynnegilles@yahoo.ca
Ccpatel_kantilal@hotmail.com

 

 

                                                          

                                                                                           

Sun, 03/24/2013

Cricket Canada made huge strides in governance, and progress across the board as its AGM concluded in Halifax over the weekend. In the most sweeping changes ever put forward in the organizations history, the Provincial Directors have agreed to change the organizations board and governance structure as well as make changes to selection and other positions.

Changes will begin to take place over the next 12-16 months as the organization goes through the process.

Vimal Hardat, Mohamed Shaikh, and Amit Joshi were all returned to their VP positons while Charles Pais returns as Treasurer.

More to follow...