Sat, 03/16/2013

Some late hitting from Ragheb Aga and three wickets each from Collins Obuya and Elijah Oteino helped Kenya win the second T20 against Canada in Dubai and share the series 1-1. Having scored 139 after electing to bat, Kenya dismissed Canada for 118 with seven balls to spare.

The top five Kenya batsmen reached double-figures but couldn't score more than 20 as they lost wickets regularly and were 76 for 5, primarily due to two wickets from left-arm spinner Hiral Patel. Rakep Patel and Aga then put on 57 off 37 for the sixth wicket which helped them reach 139.


Fri, 03/15/2013

After a pair of disappointing ODI losses at the hands of Kenya, Canada has hit back with a confident victory in the first of two T20i's from the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Kenyan's were immediately pegged back by opening spells from Henry Osinde (4-26-3 9.00RPO) and Junaid Siddiqui (4-10-3 2.50RPO).  Osinde and Siddiqui took wickets at regular intevals leaving Kenya reeling at 45 for 6 in 7.2 overs before Rakep Patel led the recovery with Nelson Odhiambo, seeing Kenya to a respectable total of 127.

In reply, Canada lost skipper Rizwan Cheema cheaply in the 2nd over, however his opening partner Hiral Patel (40 from 40 balls) provided a handy knock which built partnerships with both Ruvindu Gunasekera (18 from 17 balls) and Nitish Kumar (18 from 12 balls)  before falling in the 15th over with the run chase poised at 97-4.  A flury of wickets in the middle order was halted by Jimmy Hansra and Usman Limbada who saw Cricket Canada over the line with 9 balls to spare.

Canadian spinner Junaid Siddiqui was named player of the match for his efforts in delivering the 2nd best performance by a Canadian bowler in T20i competition.

Canada will complete its T20 series with Kenya on Saturday before shifting to the ICUP fixture which starts on Monday.



Thu, 03/14/2013
Mon, 03/11/2013

Kenya beat Canada by six wickets in the first One-Day International of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship at the Global Cricket Academy Oval 1 in Dubai on Monday.

Batting first, Canada posted 227 for eight in its 50 overs. Kenya chased down the target in 47.4 overs to end at 228 for four.

Earlier, Ruvindu Gunasekera (72: 112b, 3x4, 3x6) and Raza-ul-Rehman (70: 83b, 11x4) were the top-scorers in Canada's total.

Elijah Otieno (4-33) was the top wicket-taker for Kenya.

In its reply, Kenya rode on top-scorer Irfan Karim (65: 108b, 5x4) to overhaul the target.

Wicket-keeper Morris Ouma (47) and skipper Collins Obuya (34) were the other key contributors.


Sat, 03/09/2013

Canada got some much needed confidence ahead of Monday's match against the Kenya with a spirited draw against Ireland that concluded Saturday. The agreement between the two sides was to bat 90 overs each day and Canada after winning the toss on Friday put the Irish into bat. Rayan Pathan introduced himself to Irish cricket with 4-56 and was joined by fellow youngster Nikil Dutta  (4-51) in giving the top ranked associate side all they could handle. Ireland were bowled out for 145 with only former England international Ed Joyce reaching a half century. The Irish would eventually finish the day effectively 240-12.

On Saturday Canada got their turn and it was Hiral Patel (63) leading the way as he put on 52 runs with Ruvindu Gunasekera for the opening stand and Canada were on their way. With some needed contributions from the middle order Canada made 225-10 before heading back in. Raza ur-Rehman (56*), who missed out in the first innings got some much needed time at the crease. In the end Canada would make 295 from their 90 overs and carry some much needed confidence and a bit of swagger into Monday's meeting with Kenya.




03.06.13 ::

Thu, 03/07/2013

Canada coach Gus Logie reflects on the victory over UAE in the 50 over friendly match in Abu Dhabi:

From all accounts, the warm up win vs UAE would have done the player's confidence a world of good. Having worked very hard over the last few days since arriving in the UAE and without the services of wicket keeper Hamza Tariq and top order batter Ruvindu Gunasekera (both in transit due to educational commitments), we posted a low total of 137 from 33.5 overs.  Nitish Kumar top scored with 32 runs.

The most pleasing aspect of the team's approach was the belief that the low total could be defended and with Junaid Siddiqui leading the way with four wickets and well supported by Henry Osinde, Nikhil Dhutta, Manny Aulakh, and some agile team fielding, the end result was positive. 

The staff and players are aware that much tougher opposition is ahead of us and a more responsible approach to batting will be required as we continue our progress toward November's World T20 Qualifiers.

We are looking forward to the rest of the players arriving today and trust they will play a positive role in the two day match that takes place on Friday.  Ireland are a top flight associate unit and competition against them will give us another opportunity to find our best form prior to taking on the Kenyans early next week.

Gus Logie




Wed, 03/06/2013

Canada has defeated UAE in a 50 over warm up match at Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Partial Scorecard:
Canada batted 1st 137 all out in 33.5 Overs
Nitish Kumar 32
Hiral Patel 17
Rizwan 14
Jimmy Hansra 0
Raza Rehman 15
Usman Limbada 4
Junaid Siddiqui 16
Rayan Pathan 3
Manny Aulakh 5
Henry Osinde 0
UAE - 130 All Out in 39.2 Overs
Henry Osinde 7-19-1
Manny Aulakh 4-24-1
Junaid Siddiqui 10-23-4
Rayan Pathan 3-16-0
Nikhil Dutta 8-18-1
Jimmy Hansra 3-11-1
Rizwan Cheema 2.2-6-0
Raza Rehman 2-4-1
Fri, 02/22/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce dates for the well reputed "world's oldest international sporting fixture", the K.A. Auty Cup.

The tour consisting of a two-day match, followed by a 50-over contest and two Twenty20 matches will take place from July 25th - 28th. 

In an effort to move international cricket throughout the country, Cricket Canada has engaged with Cricket Alberta to play the 2013 fixture in Edmonton at the picturesque inner city cricket venue of Victoria Park.  

The turf wickets at Victoria Park are the 2nd most northerly turf installations in the world, second only to Mannofield CC in Aberdeen, Scotland.  

The square was installed in 2011 by former Sydney Cricket Ground curator Peter Leroy and has hosted Cricket Canada's NCL Western Division Championship as well as regular fixtures in the Edmonton and District Cricket League premier division.

If the bid is successfull this would be the third instance since 1963 that the series has been held in Alberta, with Calgary hosting in both 1965 and 1991.

Wed, 02/20/2013

ICC is seeking to appoint a Finance Data Officer - Americas.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global governing body for cricket.  The Pepsi ICC Development Programme is tasked with building a bigger, better global game by assisting the 96 Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) to grow and improve the standard of cricket within their territories.  The Development Programme has specific strategic objectives aimed at the sustainable development and strengthening of the sport globally.

The Americas is one of five regional offices within the Pepsi ICC Development Programme.  The Americas regional office is based in Toronto, Canada and has a small team that supports the development of the game in the region's 17 AMs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • to manage the ICC's investment into the Development Programme through the implementation of the ICC Development Funding Policy and ongoing monitoring of compliance against ICC Membership Criteria
  • to oversee the annual collection of data from members to accurately assess performance, analyze trends and highlight opportunities and issues
  • to provide governance and administration expertise to the Americas regional team, in particular member planning and budgeting and regional conferences
  • to manage Americas finances including A/P and A/R and quarterly financial reporting to ICC head office

Requirements for a successful candidate:

  • outstanding communication and interpersonal skills at all levels
  • ability to work with stakeholders from different backgrounds across cultural and national identities
  • a Bachelor's degree in a relevant area (accounting, finance, business, sport management)
  • experience in accounting software packages
  • able to analyze financial information
  • report writing and presentation of data
  • energy and passion required to inspire others to perform
  • independence and a self-starter attitude

Conditions of Employment:

  • the position is based in Toronto, Canada
  • the position reports to the ICC Finance & Data Manager who is based in Dubai, but also works closely with the ICC Americas Regional Development Manager
  • as part of the role some international and domestic travel will be required
  • preference will be given to candidates based in Canada
  • remuneration offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experiences

If you feel that you can meet the challenge, please mail your CV and cover letter to:  A full job description is available on request.

The closing date for applications is March 15, 2013.  Due to the overwhelming number of high-quality applicants expected, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Tue, 02/19/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce World Cricket League Championship and Intercontinental Cup Dubai touring squads for matches vs Kenya commencing March 11th, 2013.  

The tour also includes a 2-day warm up match vs Associate powerhouse Ireland.

Hiral Patel - Brampton Masters CC - Scarborough, ON
Ruvindu Gunasekera - Toronto CSCC - Scarborough, ON
Damodar Daesarth - Brampton Masters CC - Toronto, ON
Junaid Siddiqui - Brampton Masters CC - Mississauga, ON
Jimmy Hansra - ICUP Captain - Abbotsford CC - Abbotsford, BC
Rizwan Cheema - WCL Captain - Brampton Masters CC - Scarborough, ON
Manny Aulakh - Richmond CC - Richmond, BC
Henry Osinde - Toronto CSCC - Toronto, ON
Nitish Kumar - Repton Academy, UK - Scarborough, ON
Jeremy Gordon - Brampton Masters CC - Toronto, ON
Raza Ur Rehman - Toronto CSCC - Toronto, ON
Nikhil Dutta - Ontario Cricket Academy - Mississauga, ON
Usman Limbada - Brampton Masters CC - Scarborough, ON
Hamza Tariq - United CC - Calgary, AB

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