Wed, 01/30/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2013 international calender with an upcoming tour of Trinidad & Tobago from Feburary 4th - 9th, 2013.  

Canada will be in tough against a well settled 2013 Caribbean T20 Champions, the T&T Red Force.  The series covers multiple formats including a 2 Day, 2 x T20s, and 1 x 50 over fixture from Couva's National Cricket Centre and Pointe-a-Pierre's Guaracara Park.
Canadian all-rounder Raza Rehman is unable to make the tour due to academic commitments, while Nikhil Dutta and Rayyan Pathan will make their Canadian senior team debuts.
T&T are without their international super stars, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Sunil Narine, and Keiron Pollard who are on tour with the West Indies in Australia.
Cricket Canada is also pleased to announce a broadcast partnership with TITAN GSG and Sorkkam Cricket who will provide international television coverage of both T20's in Canada, USA, Asia and Caribbean markets.
Tour Squad
Rizwan Cheema (Captain- 50 Ov / T20) - Brampton Masters - Scarborough, ON
Jimmy Hansra (Captain – 2 Day) - Abbotsford CC, Abbostford, ON
Manny Aulakh - Richmond CC, Richmond, BC
Damodar Daesrath - Brampton Masters SC, Toronto, ON
Nikhil Dutta - Ontario Cricket Academy, Mississauga, ON
Jeremy Gordon - Brampton Masters SC, Toronto, ON
Ruvindu Gunasekera - Toronto CC, Scarborough, ON
Nitish Kumar - Repton CC, UK
Usman Limbada - Brampton Masters SC, Scarborough, ON
Henry Osinde - Toronto CC, Toronto, ON
Hiral Patel - Brampton Masters SC, Scarborough, ON
Rayyan Pathan - Toronto CC, Scarborough, ON
Junaid Siddiqui - Brampton Masters, SC, Mississauga, ON
Hamza Tariq - United CC, Calgary, AB
Coach: Gus Logie
Manager: Johnny Bujan
S&C Coach: Scott Stanger
Performance Analyst & Selector: Keith Deonaraine
Tour Schedule
Monday Feb 4th & 5th - 2Day Match - National Cricket Centre
Wednesday Feb 6th - 1st T20 - Guaracara Park (TV) 6:00pm ET
Thursday Feb 7th - 2nd T20 - Guaracara Park (TV) 6:00pm ET
Saturday Feb 9th - Only 50 Over - National Cricket Centre


Mon, 01/28/2013

Basil Robinson, a brisk offspinner who played for Oxford University and went on to captain Canada, has died at his home in Ottawa at the age of 93.

Robinson was a prolific allround sportsman at the University of British Columbia – in 1936 he scored 1533 runs and took 186 wickets for Vancouver Junior CC – and in 1939 was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford but because of the war he was unable to take this up until 1946 by which time he was 27.

While at Oxford he played football, rugby and cricket, becoming the first Canadian to be awarded his Blue in 1947 and 1948. He did little in his second appearance at Lord’s but in 1947 he took 4 for 54 in a drawn match.

He enjoyed success with the ball in both seasons, taking 50 wickets for the university at 27.74; his best bowling came against Worcestershire in 1947 when he took 6 for 55 as the students beat the county by 169 runs. His only first-class half-century came when he scored 51 on his debut against Lancashire.

On leaving Oxford he returned to Canada where he rejoined the Department of External Affairs but he continued to be an active cricketer. In 1954 he captained the Canadian squad which toured England playing a number of first-class games.

Mon, 12/17/2012

Please note that the Cricket Canada office will be closed December 22, 2012 through January 1, 2013, inclusive.

Thu, 12/13/2012


Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the Ontario junior program coaching team.
The team will work under the direct supervision of Shah-Saleem Zafar, in charge of Junior Program Development for Cricket Council of Ontario. The new structure, with qualified coaches is a key area of progression for Ontario junior Cricket development program and the aim is to get more Ontario players to move into high Performance group and ultimately to go on and play for Canada and first class cricket.
I believe all the coaches are passionate about coaching youth, have extensive experience, skills and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to the cricket program in Ontario and Canada.
Farouk Kirmani, who has been recently appointed as Ontario Head Coach will lead the coaching team.
Please join me in welcoming Farouk Kirmani, Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi), Sanjeewa Perera, Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi and Philip Navaratne to the Ontario Cricket Council Coaching team and in congratulating all of them on their new roles. I know they will be
great additions to the Ontario junior program leadership team.
Coaches profile:
Farouk Kirmani:
Former first class player, team Canada Captain, ICC level 1, and Cricket Canada Level 2 certified coach with 10 years cricket coaching experience, specialization in Team Formation, results-focused and challenge-driven cricket coach with extensive experience in junior coaching. He excels in leadership, understands the value of goal setting and the importance of teamwork. He has ability to bounce groom players, and help players improve on weaknesses. He emphasizes that success can only be obtained through hard work and approaching each task with a positive attitude. His career achievements includes – 2 U-15 Championship titles 2008 & 2009, Canadian National U19 Team Coach (ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2009), Assistant Coach to U19 Team World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, Established Canadian Junior Elite Program and Coached Ontario U18 – Canada Cup Title 2012 in Vancouver.
Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi):
Shanti is a former first class players and member of team Canada and team Bhrain and ICC level 1 certified coach. Shanit has extensive experience in junior coaching in Canada. He has been part of the Ontario and Canada junior program for many years. Shanti was TDCA High Performance coach and Canadian U15 coach that took part in Americas tournament in 2011. His career achievement includes Coach of Canadian u-15, Manager Canadian U-15 team and Ontario U19 at various occasions. He also served as a board member of the Toronto Cricket Association.
Sanjeewa Perera: Sanjeewa is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and Cricket Australia/ICC level 1 certified coach and has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada Level 2 Certification. Sanjeewa has played first class cricket in Sri-Lanka for 6 years. Sanjeewa is currently a head coach of Alliance Cricket Club in Toronto, Coaching two teams. His is responsible for Technical and player development. He is also a member of Cricket Coaches Australia and Coaches Association of Ontario.
Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi: Sameer has strong Ph.D degree in Physical Education, along with Diploma in coaching cricket and ICC level 1 coaching and tutor/assessor certification. Sameer has strong ability to teach youngster basics and fundamentals of cricket. He has been head coach of several universities in India and was head coach Toronto Tower of OPLT20 league. Sameer will be a great asset to the organization to teach fundamentals of the game.
Philip Navaratne: Phil is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and head coach for Durham Cricket Academy with ICC level 1 certified coach, has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada multi-sports Level 3 Certification, Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1 and Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1. Phil is a head coach for Durham Cricket Academy, Assistant coach for Ontario U18 Canada Cup program 2012. Phil is currently assisting in coaching Cricket Canada U19 program and with the National High performance coaching squad.
Shah-Saleem Zafar: Shah has played cricket at university and District level (grade 1) competition in Karachi, Pakistan, played in Toronto in 1970s. Shah is ICC level 1 certified coach and currently coaching several high performance youth at Cricket Academy Canada in Mississauga. Shah bring vast Experience and knowledge of coaching and coaching education system, sound knowledge of developing cricket structures for junior program, Training under structure programs, Identification of deficiencies and improve upon technical weaknesses and raise tactical Skill awareness along with knowledge to improve mental approach to the game and video Analysis.
Shah Zafar
Cricket Council of Ontario
Mon, 11/26/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the folllwing twenty five players to form Canada's 2013 U19 Training Squad.  The squad is training in preparation for the 2013 ICC Americas tournament (July 7th - 14th) where the winner will advance to the 2013 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

1. Nitish Kumar – Scarborough, Ontario
2. Armaan Kapoor – Brampton, Ontario
3. Nikhil Dutta – Mississauga, Ontario
4. Stephan Joseph – Scarborough, Ontario
5. Siddhanth Shekhar – Mississauga, Ontario
6. Abrash Khan – Mississauga, Ontario
7. Anikit Joshi – Brampton, Ontario
8. Stephen Rajasingam – Toronto, Ontario
9. Prushoth Wijayaraj – Toronto, Ontario
10. Shan Anatharajah – Mississauga, Ontario
11. Manula Adihetly – Toronto, Ontario
12. Arjune Parikh – Mississauga, Ontario
13. Sudeepta Aurka – Calgary, Alberta
14. Farhan Malik – Edmonton, Alberta
15. Wardan Haq – Calgary, Alberta
16. Burhan Barbar – Calgary, Alberta
17. Ankit Karwal – Calgary, Alberta
18. Miraj Patel – Calgary, Alberta
19. Trevor Manoosingh – Winnipeg, Manitoba
20. Vasu Shah – Winnipeg, Manitoba
21. Gurkaran Dhillon – Vancouver, British Columbia
22. Bakshpreet Gill – Vancouver, British Columbia
23. Avneet Virdi – Vancouver, British Columbia
24. Amanpal Gillar – Vancouver, British Columbia
25. Lovejeet Brar- Vancouver, British Columbia
Mon, 11/26/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 National Women's training squad for the 2013 ICC Women's World T20 Global Qualifier to take place in August from Ireland.

Mari Aimee - Montreal PQ
Hala Azmat - Brampton Masters CC - Mississauga, ON
Jenna Bartholemew - Calgary Womens CC - Calgary, AB
Chrissie Blackadder - West Vancouver CC - Vancouver, BC
Kim Coulter - Wicket Maidens CC - Victoria, BC
Meara Crawford - West Vancouver CC - Vancouver, BC
Julia Fathers - Wicket Maidens CC - Victoria, BC
Shweta Gakhar - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Nicole Gallagher - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Nicole James - Superstars CC - Toronto, ON
Rebecca Kendrick - West Vancouver CC - Vancouver, BC
Lorraine Kenton - Kaisoca CC - Toronto, ON
Mahwish Khan - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Kamna Mirchandani - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON
Monali Patel - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Kitchener, ON
Durriya Shabbir - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Mississauga, ON
Suthershini Sivanantham - Pirates CC - Montreal, PQ
Natasha Springett - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Pickering, ON
Sheryl TIttlemier - Manitoba Cricket Academy - Winnipeg, MB
Mikaela Turik - Northern Districts - Sydney, Australia
Vijay Vithanage - Manitoba Cricket Academy - Winnipeg, MB
Maree WIlson -  Napier Tech CC - Napier, NZ
Joanna White - Wicket Maidens CC - Victoria, BC
Saniyah Zia - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club - Toronto, ON

Canada will be joined in the qualifier by hosts Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Qualifiers from both Africa and Asia with the top 4 teams advancing to the ICC Women's World T20.

Thu, 11/22/2012

The Cricket Council of Ontario is seeking volunteers from across Ontario to fill key high performance positions within the organization.

1. Volunteer Opportunity for Junior Development Program Committee

The Cricket Council of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (2) to assist Cricket Council of Ontario junior Development Program committee in developing Ontario Junior cricket development program. As a member of the committee, you will play active role in the development and successful operation of a Junior Cricket development program to promote the development of youth cricketers in Ontario.

If your child is playing junior cricket in Ontario, you are eligible to apply to be member of the committee. Additional desired qualifications includes good communication skills, strong organizational skills, team member skills, and ability to manage deadlines. 

The term of a Committee member appointment is two (2) years and is renewable.

If you meet the requirement and interested in the positions, please email your brief CV to Shah Zafar at by December 1st, 2012.

2.  Ontario Selectors (Junior teams U13-19) (3 Position)

The Cricket Council of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (3) to assist in selection of Ontario junior teams (U13-19) for various tournaments including Regional Championship and National Championship. As a member of the committee, you will play active role in identifying and selection of players who will most capably representing Ontario at the Regional and National Championship,  tournaments and tours and skill development Camps. 

The preparation of a squad/team is under-taken through Skill development camps, competitions and trials.

Qualification: First Class playing accreditation or equivalent experience is essential with experience in player assessment and selection


·        Sound knowledge of the game at high-level competitions.

·        Understanding of the standards and demands of provincial, national and international competitions.

·        Effective interpersonal skills

·        Understand and exhibit an ability to apply natural justice

·        An objective decision maker

·        Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality

·        Ability to identify potentially elite players

·        Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a player's performance

·        Ability to judge as to whether a player can make the transition to the next level

·        Ability to assess player's physical and mental attitude

·        Demonstrated success as a selector at a Provincial and/or national elite level

The term of appointment of selection committee member is for one year and is renewable.

If you meet the requirement and interested in the positions, please email your brief CV to Shah Zafar at by December 1st, 2012.


Sat, 11/17/2012

Canada and the USA split two T20 matches on the final day of Canada' s tour of USA on Saturday. Canada ended the tour retaining the Auty Cup wtih a draw, winning the 50 over match and winning one of the two T20 matches. 

Canada's Raza Rehman was the standout player of the tour striking with both the bat and ball in each of the four matches. 


Fri, 11/16/2012

Canada succesfully chased down the USA target of 194 in 46.5 overs on Saturday. Led by a half century from Usman Limbada (64) with support from Ruvindu Gunasekera (40) and Damodar Desarath (37), Canada overcame some early wobbles to coast to a 4 wicket victory. Earlier in the day, Raza Rehman continued his sparkling form on the tour, this time with the ball picking up 5-27 and holding the USA to a subpar total.


Thu, 11/15/2012


Canada's cricket team retained the Auty Cup on Thursday after a draw with the United States in Lauderhill, Fla.
After putting up a total of 196 over its first innings on Wednesday, Canada shut down the American attack. The U.S. managed just 114 runs before all 10 batters were out.
Canadian bowler Junaid Siddiqui accounted for three of the outs, catching two and dismissing the other via leg before wicket.
Canada put up 150 runs by the tea break in its next innings, and decided to bat out for the draw rather than declare and let the U.S. take a run at Canada's totals. Raza-Ur Rehman led Canada with 54 runs.
The two teams meet for a 50-over game on Friday before playing a pair of Twenty20 matches on Saturday.