Sun, 05/27/2012

CHENNAI, India -- Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis struck half-centuries to help Kolkata Knight Riders win the Indian Premier League on Sunday, defeating two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a high-scoring final.

Opener Bisla plundered 89 off 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes, while South African Kallis hit 69 off 49 balls, as Kolkata scored 192-5 in 19.4 overs in reply to Chennai's commanding 190-3.

Manoj Tiwary struck two successive boundaries off West Indian pacer Dwayne Bravo to help the visitors clinch a thrilling victory at the Chidambaram Stadium in their first appearance in an IPL final.

Wicketkeeper Bisla, who replaced New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, was effortless in his shot execution as he put on 136 for the second wicket with Kallis after skipper and batting mainstay Gautam Gambhir fell to Australian pace man Ben Hilfenhaus in the opening over.

"I'm feeling very happy I played my part," Bisla said. "Brendon is a class player, his record speaks for himself. "

Bisla was dismissed by South African Albie Morkel, whom he had previously hit for four boundaries in one over, with Kolkata needing 52 off 32 balls. Bravo sent back Laxmi Rathan Shukla for 3 and when India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Yusuf Pathan for one, Kolkata were left needing 27 off 17.

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Fri, 05/25/2012

He was so out of touch they dropped him. They won't do that again. There's more chance of a Martian invasion than Murali Vijay being dropped for Sunday's Indian Premier League final.

The local hero finally came through when it mattered most. The fist pump celebration said it all. This was not a dignified raising of the bat in acknowledgment of a milestone. It was a mixture of personal relief and defiance of his critics. The message was received loud and clear.

It has been a season-long battle. Prior to his brilliant, match-winning century against the Delhi Daredevils, Vijay had flattered to deceive. His patchy form mirrored that of his team -- so much was expected of the Chennai Super Kings but inconsistency appeared the only constant.

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Wed, 05/23/2012

Six of Canada's talented u19 players have been named to the ICC Americas U-19 Development team which will take part in the West Indies Cricket Board Regional U-19 tournament in Barbados later this summer. 

Manny Aulakh, Nitish Kumar, Akash Shah, Darren Ramsammy, Nikhil Dutta and Rayankhan Pathan will join representatives from the United States, Cayman Islands, and Bermuda to form a combined Americas team in the regional West Indies development event.

Tue, 05/22/2012

It was an intimate affair for those who enjoyed the pleasant Victoria Day evening at Toronto Cricket Club to attend a special event co-presentation of “An Evening with Haroon Lorgat” by Cricket Canada and World Cricket Weekly.

The nearly sixty guests were treated to an introspective discussion between the outgoing International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and broadcast veteran and World Cricket Weekly host Nigel Reed.

The “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style setting allowed the well researched and well prepared host to engage with Mr. Lorgat in an intellectual discussion that spanned from his experiences in primary school as a young South African Indian during the Apartheid era to his legacy as cricket’s top man during a period of strong global growth and high performance.

Full video coverage was provided by World Cricket Weekly with highlights to air on and Cricket Canada TV in the coming month.

During the evening, Cricket Canada’s Womens team were deservingly recognized for their achievement in winning the ICC Americas Women’s T20 Championship and earning a spot in the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifiers later this year.

Noteable guests included Cricket Canada President Ravin Moorthy, CEO Doug Hannum, Secretary Calvin Clarke, Operations Officer Ingleton Liburd, players representative Zubin Surkari, and Canadian Men’s Captain Rizwan Cheema.

ICC Regional Development Manager Martin Vieira, Ontario Premier League organizer Ranjit Saini, and Ontario Cricket Council representative Leslie Soobrian were also on hand.

Fri, 05/18/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the creation of “Ontario Premier League T20” and has provided sanction of the TDCA sponsored proposal to conduct a T20 tournament as “Ontario Premier League T20” or “OPLT20”. The tournament will be played for 10 consecutive days and will involve 4 teams chosen through a draft.

The tournament will be primarily including Ontario registered players that have played in Ontario for at least one full season. Each team must include in the playing 11, at least 2 u19 players. Out of province players may be considered on limited basis provided players produce an NOC from their cricket boards.
The tournament has 4 main objectives:
1. Provide High Performance Experience to Ontario players
2. Provide Quality Cricket entertainment event to draw spectator’s and stake holder
3. Attract sponsorships to Ontario cricket by providing a flawless and efficient cricket
4. Enhance overall image of cricket by producing and delivering a quality cricket event
More details will be announced in the coming days by the league administration.
Wed, 05/16/2012

Join Cricket Canada & World Cricket Weekly in a presentation of "An Evening with Haroon Lorgat" at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club between 7:00 - 9:00pm.

Broadcast veteran Nigel Reed will host the event and welcome the South African born outgoing International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat for an indepth discussion on his tenure at the helm of cricket's global governing body.

The ICC World T20 Trophy will be on display during the event for photographs.

Admission is by RSVP only with a Business Casual and Cocktail dress code in effect.  Only 50 tickets have been made available.
Sun, 05/13/2012

Cricket Canada is greatly disappointed by the events following the May 12th All Star T20 event from the Roger’s Centre with respect to unpaid player salaries and have been working with the promoters to resolve the situation amicably. 

We fully understand the frustration felt by the players in question and have reached out to the participating agents to provide copies of their clients’ contracts with event promoters Kat Rose Inc, so that we can engage to explore opportunities to assist in the pursuit of unpaid monies to both the participating players and Cricket Canada.

The event itself was a positive statement for the potential of cricket in Canada with an estimated 12,000 enthusiastic cricket fans in attendance to witness an exciting contest that featured many of our Canadian cricket stars.  We will continue to seek opportunities to host future high profile events and take the necessary steps to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are met accordingly.

Wed, 05/09/2012

Cricket Canada believes strongly in fostering solid relationships with all full member boards of the ICC. With that in mind I can confirm that I have reached out to my counterpart at the PCB with respect to strengthing cricket ties between Pakistan and Canada. We have requested details with respect to a potential tour to Pakistan but have had no formal discussions with the PCB regarding it as of yet.

Doug Hannum
CEO Cricket Canada


Mon, 04/30/2012

An unusual occurrence in Paradise - all day rain ruined the final day's play at the T20 Americas Women Championship in the Cayman Islands.

Heavy overnight and morning rain left the Smith Road Oval under water where the South Americans, Brazil and Argentina, were scheduled to play.

The morning rain cancelled the scheduled game between Bermuda and host Cayman Island who were prepared to do battle for 4th place.

Hopes were slim for even a minimum over match in the afternoon between USA and Canada. At 4.00 pm an inspection was made and the bad news came, no play, wet grounds.

Canada became champions as per the tournament rules with the better net run rate.

The USA settled for the silver medal with the ever improving Argentines in third.

Presentations and a B--B-Q wrapped up the event at the Jimmy Powell Oval

Individual Tournament Awards went to:

Batting Durriya Shabbir Canada
Bowling Samantha Ramautar USA
Wicket Keeping Melissa Sandy USA
Most Valuable Player Nadia Gundy USA


Sat, 04/28/2012

Rain is in the forecast for the Cayman Islands today as Canada and USA do battle for the ICC America's Division One T20 Championship.