Tue, 08/27/2013

A spirited performance by Canada was ruined by wet outfield at MLCC on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even after a reserve day was brought into play, the field conditions were determined to be unplayable by match officials.


Winning the toss and bowling first in a 28 over rain reduced match, Canada's paceman struck early led by Jeremy Gordon, continuing his fine form from the summer. Gordon finished with 3-26 but it was debutant Kenneth Kamyuka who picked up four wickets, including one with his first ball in ODI cricket that did the damage. Netherlands were reeling at 62-6 but Ben Cooper led a steady rearguard that added crucial runs taking the total to 143. 

In reply, in form Ruvindu Gunaskera fell early but Hiral Patel and Nitish Kumar took the score to 61-1 off 10 overs before rain intervened. Canada will stat the day on Wednesday needing 82 runs in 18 overs with  9 wickets in hand. 


Sat, 08/24/2013

Canada has won its first ICUP match in over 6 years with a 8 wicket win over the Netherlands. Canada began Day 3 with two quick wickets but Netherlands tail wagged enough to hang on until after lunch before Jeremy Gordon and Harvir Baidwan cleaned up the last few wickets. Canada needed 65 runs to get and Ruvindu Gunasekera quickly knocked off the runs.

Coach Gus Logie was pleased with the result.

Improvement in our performance in the ICUP has been steady and consistent, but we have not gone onto victory until this game against the Netherlands where there has been a shift in momentum. It has strengthened the belief in the squad,particularly those, whose performances have already won rave reviews.
As we strive for excellence both on and off the field, our focus now shifts to the ODI format. There is all indication that it will beexciting cricket from both teams."



DAY 2 - CANADA 436 ALL OUT (Gunasekera 150) | Netherlands 164 ALL OUT & 169-4 (Gordon 2-57)
Ruvindu Gunaskera scored a career best 150 in the second day of the Intercontinental Cup match on Friday at MLCC. Half centuries by Salman Nazar (60) and Jimmy Hansra (53) paired with a late flourish from the tail led Canada to a massive 436 all out.
The lead looked even bigger when Canada struck early to reduce the Netherlands to 4-2. Netherlands showed strong fight back and now sit at 169-4 as they fight to stay in the match.
DAY 1 - NETHERLANDS 164 ALL OUT (Rehman 4-8, Gordon 4-56) | CANADA 116-4 (Gunasekera 60*, Nazar 0*)

An enthralling day of mulit-day cricket where 14 wickets fell for 280 runs has left Canada with their nose slightly ahead after the first day of the Intercontinental Cup match at Maple Leaf Cricket Club at King City. 

Ashish Bagai backed his bowlers when we won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Netherlands got off to a solid start with Eric Szwarczynski hitting a solid half century. Netherlands were crusing at 132-3 before Canada struck. Jeremy Gordon and Raza Rehman each picked 4 wickets adding to the 2 scalps nabbed by Cecil Pervez. The final 10 Netherlands overs saw them lose 6 wickets for 27 runs after tea. 

Ruvindu Gunasekera (60*) and Hiral Patel (15) started positively for Canada before Vivian Kligma snared Patel, Kumar, and Rehman in short order. Bagai and Gunasekera put on 73 runs in a mere 12 overs before Bagai fell just before the close of play. The wicket would give Netherlands some hope but it was certainly Canada's day.



Tue, 08/20/2013

Canada's most storied cricketer Ashish Bagai has been named captain of the senior men's side for all formats of the game. Bagai had previous been named by the selectors as captain for the WCL ODI matches against Netherlands. 

The appointment, takes effect immediately and will run through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers through to the end of January. 

Mon, 08/19/2013

Canada's senior men's team has been fined for slow over rate during the ICUP match between Canada and UAE. The match which ultimately ended in a draw saw Canada fail to meet the minimum over requirement by 2 overs. The penalty, accepted by Canada, is in accordance with Appendix 3 of hte ICC Code of Conduct.

As captain of the team in the match, Jimmy Hansra was written up by the ICC Match Referee David Jukes. As it was an Intercontinental Cup match, Hansra was not fined but could be suspended should this occur again within 12 months in a match he is captaining for Canada.

Sun, 08/18/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the upcoming final round  fixtures of the WCL Championship against Netherlands to be played at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON from August 22nd - 25th, 2013:

Ashish Bagai - Captain
Ashish Bagai returns to captain the side after a 2 year absence from the post. His return along with the introduction of Kenneth Kamyuka are the major changes in the squad after a dissapointing home series of the UAE.
Coach: Gus Logie
Manager: Johnny Bujan
S&C/Athletic Therapist: Scott Stanger
Performance Analyst: Keith Deonaraine
Wed, 08/14/2013
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the upcoming ICUP fixutre with Netherlands to be played at Maple Leaf CC in King City, ON from August 22nd - 25th, 2013:
Jimmy Hansra - Captain
Hiral Patel – Vice captain
Coach: Gus Logie
Manager: Johnny Bujan
S&C/Athletic Therapist: Scott Stanger
Performance Analyst: Keith Deonaraine
Canadian coach Gus Logie offered the following comments ahead fo the ICUP series:
"We look forward to the ICUP series against the Netherlands with a renewed sense of anticipation and expectation, following our below par showing against the UAE in the just concluded ODI and T20 series.
We are all disappointed that despite the hard work, great build up and support from the cricket loving public, we were unable to deliver the wins which we all deserved.
The work continues in an effort to improve every aspect of our game, especially in the area of mental toughness. Our opponent will no doubt pose as tough a challenge as will be expected and we will need to be extremely focused and strong in mind." - Gus Logie
Tue, 08/13/2013

International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas is seeking to employ the services of a person to work in an exciting role with its 16 member countries to build a ‘bigger, better global game’ across North and South America.

The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Its Development Programme has specific strategic objectives aimed at the sustainable development and strengthening of the sport globally. The Americas regional office is based in Toronto, Canada and has a team of five that support the development of the game in 16 Associate and Affiliate members (AMs) in the region – Canada, USA, Bermuda, Suriname, Argentina, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Falkland Islands, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Turks & Caicos Islands.

The Regional Development Officer will work collaboratively with ICC Americas AMs with a specific focus on sustainable participation growth across the region and improving member governance and administration.

Key Responsibilities:

Providing expertise in the principles, strategies, planning and management of participation growth programmes.

Guidance in the implementation of development pathways/structures from junior involvement to junior playing.

Strategic assistance in the identification of the needs for, and sustainable delivery of, coach, umpire, scorer and administrator education systems

Developing local partnerships to ensure the sustainability and delivery of coach and umpire education of programmes.

Requirements for a successful candidate include:

Understanding of best practice sport development principles and ‘Sport for Development’

 Understanding of good governance principles

 Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with an ability to present to groups and influence change

 Strong experience and involvement with:

o Participation pathways at entry-level, junior, youth, adult and female levels

o High performance pathways and programs

o Education systems, e.g. coach, official and volunteer education.

Conditions of employment:

As part of the role some international and domestic travel will be required

 Remuneration offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experiences

If you feel that you can meet the challenge, please email your CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the job requirements to ben.kavenagh@iccamericas.ca by 5pm Friday August 30.

Sun, 08/11/2013

After a trio of disappointing performances by Canada, the canucks will look to reboot in their final tour match with UAE in a CIBC International T20 at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club (141 WIlson Avenue),

WATCH the matches LIVE on Rogers TV (10/63), Rogers Sports Plus (368/369) and Sportsnet.ca/cricket starting at 3:30PM ET.


Sat, 08/10/2013

United Arab Emirates kept their unbeaten record on their tour to Canada intact, defeating the hosts by 72 runs in the first Twenty20 in Toronto.

Choosing to bat, UAE piled up 157 for 7, a total built around opener Mohammad Azam's 51-ball 70. Azam and Abdul Shakoor gave UAE a strong start, sharing a stand of 42. However, regular wickets in the latter half of the innings weakened UAE's chances of posting a bigger score. Swapnil Patil and Shaiman Anwar, who had been in good form coming into the match, fell for 11 and 13. UAE had another setback when Azam and Amjad Javed were out in consecutive deliveries to pacer Harvir Baidwan in the 17th over. Azam's 70 included nine fours and one six. Nasir Aziz and Ahmed Raza hit some quick runs towards the end to take the score past 150.

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Wed, 08/07/2013

Shaiman Anwar's 103 from 109 balls ensured victory for UAE over Canada by 46 runs in the first of two World Cricket League fixtures at Maple Leaf CC this week.

Click for the CRICHQ or CRICINFO match scorecard.

The two teams will reacquaint on Thursday before moving to Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club for two CIBC International T20 fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

WATCH the series LIVE and in HD on Rogers TV (10/63), Rogers Sports Plus (368/369) and Sportsnet.ca/cricket.