Mon, 05/13/2013

TORONTO — Cricket Canada got a vote of confidence Wednesday from the sport’s world governing body.

Alan Isaac, president of the International Cricket Council, told a news conference Wednesday that he and ICC CEO David Richardson were “hugely impressed by the progress” in the Canadian governing body, “It’s fair to say … that 12, 18, 24 months ago the ICC wasn’t that happy,” Isaac said.

The ICC president pointed to Cricket Canada’s changes in governance and the new management regime.

The comments were clearly appreciated. “Having your largest stake-holder actually believe in what you’re doing … means a lot,” said Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy. “For one of the first times in our organization, we felt that our concerns were listened to,” he added. Moorthy said the ICC had provided “fair and measurable goals to work towards.”

The ICC leaders were in Toronto for a meeting of its Development Committee. The group meets twice a year, usually once in the ICC’s home of Dubai and the other somewhere else.

The world governing body provides about $960,000 to the current $1.6-million Cricket Canada budget. Sport Canada provides another $200,000.

“We see ourselves to be viable,” said Moorthy. “We want to be a $3- million to $5-million-a-year business so we’ve got a long way to go. But we’re happy and today was the first step.”

Cricket Canada revamped its constitution at its annual general meeting in Halifax in March. The changes included reducing the size of the board of directors to seven from 17 while providing clearer definitions of the roles of the CEO and his staff versus the elected policy-makers. Cricket Canada has also put in place specified standards for its selectors, who will be appointed rather than elected.

“We were looking for some improvement,” Isaac said of the Cricket Canada changes. “It feels better, it feels good,” the New Zealander said of the current Canadian cricket landscape.

The moves also helped get Cricket Canada in line with the wishes of the federal government and Sport Canada. The development arm of the ICC has come up with extra money for Canada, primarily aimed at the grassroots side of the game.

The ICC sees North America as an emerging market.

“It’s critical to ICC and our success that Canada is there, not just competing but actually winning as well,” Isaac said. “Our aim is to have a World Cup, 14 teams, where each of the 14 teams can win that World Cup. That’s not the case at the moment,” he added.

Isaac estimated maybe eight countries could currently win the T20 competition with just six contenders for the 50-over version of the world championship. “It’s a big goal but Canada is a very important part of that goal,” said Isaac, who points to Ireland as a second-tier team that has made giant leaps in recent years.

“We will be there,” answered Moorthy. “We’re taking the right steps now … We won’t let you down.”

Canada had been boosted by the return of 31-year-old captain Ashish Bagai, who is rejoining the national team between graduating from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia with an MBA and taking up a new job as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in February 2014.

Bagai has played in 119 international matches for Canada including three World Cups but not has played at a top level since some club outings last summer. “It feels great,” he said of his return. “Obviously it’s my passion, so any time I can get a chance to play cricket again, I’ll take it with both hands.”

Even with a contract with Cricket Canada, Bagai is sacrificing financially but says “being a vital year for Canadian cricket, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

“I have my whole life to work,” he added. “This I can only do for a certain amount of time.”

His return is a boost for Canada ahead of the T20 qualifier in November in Dubai and the World Cup qualifier in New Zealand in January.

Canadian coach Gus Logie has worked with Bagai as far back as 2003 when he predicted the wicket-keeper would captain Canada one day. “He brings tremendous experience, professionalism,” said Logie. “He brings a talent that is rare.”‘

Bagai is just one of several veterans who have returned to the national team program.

Also Wednesday, Cricket Canada also announced Admiral as the team’s new uniform sponsor for the next three years. The last time the Canadian national team wore Admiral, which also clothes the West Indies, was in 2003.

The Canadian governing body has also struck a partnership with CricHQ, a digital platform for competitions and data management.

“Today’s a good day for Cricket Canada but we’re not done yet,” said Moorthy.

The upcoming Canadian cricket schedule includes the National Cricket League domestic competition in June-July, the Auty Cup match with the U.S. in late July, and ICC World Cricket League and ICUP matches with the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands in August.


OMNI SA NEWS Report - Monday May 13th, 2013

Wed, 05/08/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce members of its men’s and women’s national teams will take part in McHappy Day (1045 Pape Avenue Toronto, ON) on Wednesday May 8th, 2013 in support of children’s programs at the Toronto East General Hospital.

McHappy Day caps off an exciting national effort of fundraising in support of Canadian children in need. 

This year, on May 8th, one dollar from the sale of every McMuffin sandwich, Happy Meal® and Big Mac® will be donated back to support children’s programs at the Toronto East General Hospital. 

Cricket Canada recognizes the importance of McHappy Day in supporting programs that are concerned with the needs of Canadian children and creates widespread community support and awareness of their goals.

National team members will assist McDonalds employees in taking orders, working the drive-thru window and in the kitchen helping to prepare food for customers.

Cricket Canada President Ravin Moorthy was happy to have the organization take part in the event. “Children are the life-line and vibrancy of Canadian communities and we are ecstatic at the enthusiasm of our national team members to get into the community for this event in support of the Toronto East General Hospital.” Moorthy said.  “We encourage cricketers across the country to visit McDonalds today and contribute toward helping children in need in their respective communities.”

Cricket Canada national team members will take shifts at the Toronto - Pape/Cosburn McDonalds location during the following times:

11:30am - 1:00pm
Ruvindu GunasekeraJeremy Gordon, Scott Stanger (Athletic Therapist)
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Rizwan CheemaUsman LimbadaHiral Patel, Henry Osinde
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Monali Patel (Women’s Team Member)

Tue, 05/07/2013

Be part of the winning team at Cricket Canada.  Changes in the governance of Canadian cricket have created new and exciting positions for committeed volunteers looking to "Join the Movement". 

Cricket Canada is looking for applicants to join the new National Selection Group.  The group will form the three national selection panels. 

There are 10 positions available as follows: 

  • Senior Men's Selection Panel (4 positions)
  • Youth Selection Panel (4 positions)
  • Women's Selection Panel (2 positions)

Roles and Responsibilities are indicated below..

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • a good communicator who is not under suspension or investigation by his/her provincial cricket organization or any other body
  • team conscious rather than one who sees only provincial or regional needs
  • demonstrates an ability through past experiences to recognize talent
  • demonstrates ability through past experiences to achieve objectives through planning and foresight
  • should be constructive and objective
  • has experience working in environments where confidentiality is required
  • experienced selector at a minimum provincial level
  • has played cricket at a first-class or international level and can demonstrate proof of this experience
  • shall not hold another position within Cricket Canada which shall include any member of the Board of Directors
  • ability to travel domestically as well as overseas, if required
  • must be over 18 years of age and legally permitted to work in Canada    
  • must agree to provide a police or other third-party background check should application be successful

Positions are volunteer, however, Cricket Canada will reimburse all reasonable expenses, with prior approval, relating to this position.

Please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV via email to: or via mail to:

HR Manager
Cricket Canada
3 Concorde Gate
Suite 214-B
Toronto, ON   M3C 3N7

Deadline for Submission is May 21, 2013.

Roles & Responsibilities of the National Selection Panel


The principal role of the National Selection Panel is to select teams to represent Canada that will:      

(i)           Maximize Canada’s chances of winning each game or series; and,
(ii)          Guarantee the long-term success of Canadian cricket.


Responsible to the Cricket Canada High Performance Committee
Select the national team for all ICC or Cricket Canada approved matches
Select a Canada “A”  team where such fixtures are organized.
Select a training national squad where necessary, the timing and number of players to be determined by the High Performance Committee.
Select and rank the players to be offered paid contracts, the timing and number of such players to be determined by the High Performance Committee.

Once a National Team or Squad has been selected and finalized by the Selection Committee (including the naming of a captain & vice captain), it is to be passed onto to the High Performance Committee for review/approval and announcement.

A minimum of one selector shall be present at:

  1. National Cricket League matches
  2. National team matches held in Canada
  3. Canada “A” matches held in Canada

Where possible, attend club matches where National team members or players of National interest are participating.

Liaise with and receive reports from Regional Selectors and National Youth Selectors regarding the identification and monitoring of players of national interest.

Tue, 05/07/2013

Be part of the winning team at Cricket Canada. Changes in the governance of Canadian cricket have created new and exciting positions for committed volunteers looking to “Join the Movement”

Cricket Canada is looking for applicants to join the operations team as program coordinators. Reporting to the program managers, the coordinators will assist with the day-to-day operations of Cricket Canada as well as take on special tasks as required.

There are 7 positions available as follows:

  • Senior Men’s Coordinator
  • Youth Cricket Coordinator
  • Women’s Coordinator
  • National Umpires Coordinator
  • National Schools Coordinator
  • National Coaching Coordinator
  • National Scorers Coordinator

Please see the position descriptions described below.

Positions are volunteer; however Cricket Canada will reimburse all reasonable expenses, with prior approval, relating to this position.

Please send a cover letter, indicating the position you are interested in, and a copy of your CV to: or by mail to

HR Manager
Cricket Canada
3 Concorde Gate
Suite 214B
Toronto, Ontario   M3C 3N7

Deadline for Submission is May 21, 2013.








To provide assistance where requested and required to the Chief Executive Officer, High Performance Manager, Domestic Development Manager and Office Manager in the completion of their duties in the following areas:

Senior Coordinator                        Men’s National Team Program; National Cricket League


Junior Coordinator                         Under 19 Male National Team Program; Male Youth Development Programs


Women’s Coordinator                  Women’s National Team Program; Female Youth Development Programs               


Chair of the National Coaching Committee           LTAD Plan; ICC Coach Accreditation Programs and Courses

 Chair of the National Umpires & Scorers Committee          Umpiring & Scoring Programs and Accreditation Courses; umpiring and scoring appointments

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

•Good organization and communication skills

•Team conscious whose focus is on national rather than provincial or regional needs. 

•Able to achieve objectives through planning and foresight.

•Constructive and objective.

•Able to maintain confidentiality.

•Fair-minded and displays no bias.  

•Shall not hold another position within Cricket Canada which shall include being a member of the Board of Directors (National or Provincial)

•Shall not be related to a current or potential national level player, umpire, scorer or coach

•Not under suspension or investigation by his Province or any other body

The typical duties of each position may include assisting Cricket Canada staff in the following areas

  • Organisation and conduct of Cricket Canada matches & tournaments
  • Special events (including on-site co-ordination)
  • Organization and conduct of training and practical programs
  • Overall program administration and communications

Specific duties and time commitment for each position will vary depending upon the priorities within each of these areas at any given time.

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.