Canada (0-1) has lost its opening match of the Caribbean T20 tournament by 9 wickets to Winward Islands (2-0). Skipper Jimmy Hansra called right on the toss and backed his men to put up a score. The powerplay overs may have proved him right as Hiral Patel (11) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (38) raced to 48-1 from 5 overs until Patel's departure sparked a stunning collapse.
Wickets fell in quick succession as only Raza Rehman (34) on debut shepparded the tail to take Canada past the century mark. Canada finished on 111-7 in 20 overs.
In reply, Canada were unable to get early penetration into the Winward Islands attack as only Henry Osinde (1-13) was able to pick up a wicket. Johnson Charles (61) did most of the damage for Winwards as they coasted to a 9 wicket victory.
The match was broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet ONE and was the first time in history that Canada appeared on a major national network in Canada.
Canada will take on Winward Islands on Wednesday in their first clash of the 2012 CT20 at Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua. With two days of competition in the books, the table is set for Canada to upset a WInward team, captained by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, that knocked off a heavily favoured Trinidad & Tobago side in the tournament opener on Monday.
The match broadcast, set to begin at 2:50pm (EST), will be Canada's first appearance on a major domestic television network as fans and followers alike will be able to catch all the action LIVE on Rogers Sportsnet ONE.
Canada comes into the match in solid form having won three on the trott in its warm up matches vs local Antigua rep teams and will back themselves under the leadership of captain Jimmy Hansra and tutelage of head coach Michael Dighton to start their 2012 campaign on the right foot.
The match will be replayed on Sportsnet World at 11pm (PST).
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce Rogers Sportsnet as the exclusive media partner for the Caribbean T20 in Canada. Sportsnet will join existing corporate sponsors Teacher's Scotch Whiskey & Apollo Convention Centre as tournament partners for the event.
"To be able to put our (players) on a stage where over 5 million Canadians have the opportunity to watch them play is a major achievement for the organization and our growing sports brand." Moorthy continued, "Cricket has never had this level of exposure in the country and we will continue to push the sport into the mainstream of Canadian sporting conciousness."
In addition to broadcasting the tournament, the Sportsnet logo will appear front and centre on Canadian team playing jersey's and caps.
A complete broadcast schedule will be available on Sportsnet.ca/cricket/ with promotional spots already running on OMNI and the Sportsnet suite of channels.
Cricket Canada will also launch its new 2012 promotional campain entitled "Represent the RED" during the CT20 broadcasts. The commercial series of six parts will feature the stories of Hamza Tairq, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Jimmy Hansra, Harvir Baidwan, and Rizwan Cheema. For a preview of the series, please visit the "Represent the RED" campaign launch site on Facebook.
Trinidad & Tobago, Winward Islands, Guyana, Leeward Islands, Canada.
Barbados, Jamaica, Netherlands, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Sussex.
Canada starts off its campaign in Group A with a match on Wednesday January 11th vs Winward Islands at 3:00pm ET.
Additional details to follow.
A newly-formed Scottish media company has been given the non-exclusive rights for live online streaming of their multi-camera coverage of the England v ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate (AM) XI match to be played in the United Arab Emirates next week in the lead-up to England's series against Pakistan.
Twenty three years after cricket history was made in Toronto a local promoter is looking to make the magic happen again.
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce that Kat Rose Inc., a Toronto based event promoter has been sanctioned by Cricket Canada to host an international T20 Cricket Match in Toronto. The match, which will feature Canadian and high profile international cricketers, is tentatively scheduled for late spring at Roger's Centre, and will include a cultural and entertainment show as part of the day.
President Ranjit Saini, was upbeat about the event saying,
"We can confirm we have granted Kat Rose a provisional sanction for this event and we are excited about its prospects...Should the event come about, the proceeds from the event will be donated to Cricket Canada's Capital Infrastructure Fund. We expect some exciting news shortly from Kat Rose about the event and will continue to participate in its development over the next several months ”
Cricket Canada's Infrastructure Fund was used recently to lay down Turf Wickets in Alberta and BC as well as upgrade the facilities at. Ross Lord Park. Saini also had some exciting news for Cricket Fans about the next project that Cricket Canada is looking to develop.
"We can confirm that the donations to the Infranstructure Fund will go to fund the development of a dedicated home ground for Cricket Canada. The Cricket Canada Home Ground Project is beginning to take shape and we are excited about its prospects."
Canadian players are expected to play for one of the sides along with international selects. Kat Rose Inc. is currently in the process of announcing a head selector and coaches for both teams.
In 2015, Canada will host the Pan American games in the Greater Toronto Area. In an effort to promote cricket across the region, Cricket Canada, in conjunction wtih ICC Americas and West Indies Cricket Board, has launched a major initiative to have cricket included as a sport in the 2015 competition.
Cricket Canada is coordinating activities to put a “cricket group” together from cricket playing nations in the Americas and the countries that make up West Indies Cricket Board. Cricket Canada hopes to put cricket up for consideration as a sport in the upcoming meeting of the PASO in Mexico City in March 2012. Cricket Canada has been a strong proponent of cricket in multi-sport events such as the Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. Canada partcipated in the 1997 cricket event at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.
“This is a very important opportunity for the development of cricket in Canada as well as the region" said President Ranjit Saini.
"We learnt a bitter lesson last year when our request for funding to host (the 2012 u19 Cricket World Cup) was declined due to lack of priority for sports that are not part of multi-sport international events such as Pan Am, Commonwealth and Olympics”.
As a direct result of lack of funding to make necessary upgrades to the infrastructure and not having sufficient time to launch other efforts, Cricket Canada had to take the decision to withdraw from the hosting opportunity.
Saini believes Canada is well positioned to host the proposed T20 event saying.
"The inclusion of T20 cricket will reduce the demand for large infrastructure requirements and hence creation of new and/or up grading of the current grounds will be easily affordable. Most of the infrastructure exists and only minor upgrading is required.
Cricket Canada is proposing that T20 format of the game be included in the Pan Am games, in the same vein its inclusion in the Asian Games.
The last few days of 2011 were extremely busy for Cricket Canada's KIDS program as the Seven Oaks School Division of Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently initiated the introduction of cricket into some of its Schools. Keith Deonaraine of the Cosmos Cricket Club in conjunction with Cricket Canada KIDS over the past few weeks \spent several days at West St. Paul School, HC Avery Middle School, Forest Park School and Ecole Riverbend introducing the game of cricket to over 1000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Deonaraine recently completed the ICC level 1 coaching program, through Cricket Canada, in September 2011. Keith was very pleased with the enthusiasm of the students, many of whom have never played or in most cases never even seen cricket before.
Many schools continue to show interest in cricket and Deonaraine will be busy in the coming months visiting many other schools in the Seven Oaks Division. There is interest in the program because schools are the ones now reaching out to Deonaraine to bring cricket to their schools. The short term goals is to have students participate in a school tournament at the Elwick Cricket field in the spring, and eventually bring them into Manitoba Cricket Association tournaments and programs.
On behalf of all of us at Cricket Canada, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season and all the best for 2012.
Canadian Cricketer Rustam Bhatti has stuck it big in Pakistan, making it into the Lahore u23 team. After a string of solid domestic performances in the local leagues, Bhatti received the call up this week for the national u23 tournament.
Bhatti last played for Canada against Afghanistan in an ODI in August. He has played 1 ODI and 3 first class matches for Canada as well as captaining the u19 team to a stunning upset over Zimbabwe u19 in the 2010 u19 Cricket World Cup.
Profile: Rustam Bhatti