Fri, 03/16/2012

Canada have defeated regional rivals Bermuda in convincing fashion today at the ICC World T20 Qualiiers.  

Losing the toss and sent into bat, the Canadians amassed a sizeable total of 175-8 from their 20 overs on the back of opening batsmen, Ruvindu Gunasekera's 48 ball 83 run enslaught. Tyson Gordon also made a valuable contribution lower down the order with a quick fire 16 ball 39 run innings that carried the Canadians to what would be a winning total.

The Bermudan response was meek with only the hard hitting veteran Lionel Cann registering a measure of resistance with 33 runs from 21 balls.

Skipper Rizwan Cheema was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-16 from his 4 overs and rookie British Columbia seamer Manny Aulakh collecting a pair.  Henry Osinde, Junaid Siddiqui, Zahid Hussain, and Jimmy Hansra all snagged one wicket a piece to limit Bermuda well short of the required target at 103.

In registering the 72 run victory, the Canadian record moves to 3-1 and second place in Group A standings behind table toppers Afghanistan. 

The tournament enters a rest day on Saturday before action resumes for the Canadians on Sunday with a featured heavyweight clash with Afghanistan.  

The match, starting at 6:00am EDT, will be STREAMED LIVE on QUIPU.TV.


Thu, 03/15/2012

Canada has completed a clincial win over Hong Kong by 8 wickets on Tuesday.  At the GCA in Dubai, Hong Kong skipper Jaimie Atkinson called right and backed his charges to put up a big score as they did the previous day.

It was however Canada's bowler's who did all the damage quickly reducing Hong Kong to 23-4 within the batting powerplay. With Henry Osinde (1-12) and Junaid Siddiqui (3-17) tying them down, Hong Kong struggled to 81-8 in 20 overs. Siddiqui was well deserved of his Man of Match honours for dismantling the Hong Kong middle order which included Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson. Rizwan Cheema (2-12) and Maninder Aulakh (2-8) picked up the balance of the wickets.  

Canada set about the run chase in a professional manner with Ruvindu Gunasekera and (14) and Hiral Patel (40) put on 36 for the first wicket. Patel and Nitish Kumar (22*) took Canada almost to the end before Rizwan Cheema (2*) joined the party to finish the job.

For his part, head coach Michael Dighton was excited that his team seemed to be gaining traction after the opening day loss to Netherlands.

"The Canadian team produced a clinical performance against Hong Kong today with a comfortable win. Our bowlers were terrific against an opposition that had racked up 167 runs in 17.3 overs the day before and full credit must go to them. Henry and Junaid were outstanding up front and were backed up through the middle and end by Zahid bhai, Manny and the skipper. Our batsmen had no problems knocking off the target with Hiral "kabaddi" Patel making a workmanlike 40 runs. We are all looking forward to the Bermuda clash at the DICS tomorrow."


Wed, 03/14/2012

Canada rebounded after a shaky start against Netherlands to notch their first win of the qualifiers, holding on to beat Papua New Guinea by six runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Canada raced away to 38 from the first 3.3 overs, but were slowly pegged back by some economical bowling from Mahuru Dai and Hitolo Areni, who both finished with 1 for 27 from their four overs. Nitish Kumar anchored Canada's innings with 57 from 44 balls while Hiral Patel chipped in with 34. Canada reached 167-5 with other contributions coming from Jimmy Hansra (22), Ruvindu Gunasekera (17) and Rizwan Cheema (17).

PNG got off to a steady start in their chase, led by opener Asad Vala, who made 52. Gerraint Jones provided a useful 39 and PNG took advantage of the absence of Harvir Baidwan with the ball. Despite being one bowler short, Canada kept the asking rate climbing and even with PNG scoring 50 in the last 5 overs the match was just out of reach. Hansra, Patel and Junaid Siddiqui picked up 1 wicket each.

Canada take on Hong Kong tomorrow.


Tue, 03/13/2012

Netherlands have soundly defeated Canada by 42 runs in the opener of the T20 Cricket World Cup qualification tournament in Dubai. Calling correctly was Peter Borden at the toss and backed his batsmen to put up a good score. Tom Cooper and Alex Kervezee top scored at 29 with Mudassar Bukhari adding 28 in short order. Harvir Baidwan 3-33 led the way for Canada's bowlers.

Canada's reply was weak with the top order collapsing to 26-5 before Jimmy Hansra (30) and Harvir Baidwan (21) shared a 48 run partnership to bring Canada a measure of respectability.

Canada play PNG tomorrow.



Tue, 03/13/2012

Canada looks to bounce back on day 2 of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Dubai. On Tuesday Canada were crushed by 42 runs by Netherlands and need a victory to vault back into competition.  

Canada's opposition will be Papua New Guinea who played a hard fought 6 wicket loss to Afghanistan on Tuesday. 

Jimmy Hansra (30, 0-11)  top scored for Canada in the loss while Harvir Baidwan (3-29, 21) was the pick of the bowlers. 

All eyes will be on former England wicket keeper Gerraint Jones who is now playing for his country of birth and will be looking to score runs after not troubling the scorers on Tuesday. 

Canada's bats will have to fire for the team to be successful and all eyes will be on the top order to see if they can break out of their funk.


Mon, 03/12/2012

Canada and Netherlands do battle in the tournament opener for both teams at the 2012 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Dubai. Canada will be looking to improve their standing in a tournament where they have only 2 wins across the first 2 editions. Canada beat Netherlands in 2008 on the way to a 5th place finish but were upended by the Dutch in 2010 on the way to a winless tournament. 

Netherlands, who beat England in the 2009 T20 Cricket World Cup, are one of the teams favoured to cause a stir in this tournament. 

They built up valuable experience in this year’s CT20 where they defeated CCC, and that squad will be reinforced by the return of key batsman Tom Cooper, a verteran of South Australia. 

Canada have struggled for wins lately but can draw a measure of confidence with a victory over Sri Lanka 'A' prior to heading to Dubai. 

Rizwan Cheema and Parth Desai have joined the team in Dubai to bolster the squad ahead of the tournament start. 



Mon, 03/12/2012

Monty Desai, the head coach of the Rajasthan Royals of the IPL has joined Cricket Canada as a consultant coach ahead of the T20 Cricket World Cup qualification tournament in UAE. 

Desai comes to Cricket Canada courtesy of the World Cricket Academy  where he worked with Canada's team ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In addition to being head coach of the Royals, Desai has worked with several English counties as well as the MCC and Australia's NSW University. 

Canada's coach Michael Dighton is one of many international coaches that Desai has consulted to. Andy Flower, Alan Butcher, John Childs, Graham Gooch, John Emburey, Pubudu Dassanayake, and Jonty Rodes have all worked with Monty in the past. 

Monty's appointment is for the duration of the qualification tournament which begins on March 13th vs. Netherlands. 

Thu, 03/08/2012

Doug Hannum will join Cricket Canada on March 12th and become the organization's third Chief Executive after 25 years’ of experience in the sport and non-profit sectors.  

Doug has previously served as Executive Director of the Canada Community Assistance Network and Boxing Ontario as well as management positions with the Ontario Soccer Association and Sport Alliance. He brings a strong track record of organizational and governance development, financial management and a passion for the sport sector. 

Doug offered optimisim about the sport and organization.  “I am very excited about participating in the growth of cricket in Canada and look forward to working with the Board of Directors and members of the cricket community to lead Cricket Canada in this time of growth.” 

Wed, 03/07/2012

Rizwan Cheema will lead Canada in the upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup Qualification Tournament in UAE.

Rizwan takes over from Jimmy Hansra who stepped down prior to the tour of Sri Lanka in February.

Scheduled to join the team in Dubai, Cheema had been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League as part of the Duronto Rajashahi

He has led Canada before filling in for Ashish Bagai at Canada's succesful run in the 2010 ICC America's Tournament in Bermuda. Canada won that tournament undefeated with Cheema picking up man of the series honours.

On his appointment, Cheema was excited and promised some fire from Canada's team.

"It is an honour to lead my country and I could not be more proud to be chosen. We will be looking to put up a good performance in the upcoming T20 qualifiers and we will show a good fight in every game. Our goal is simple, to get to the T20 Cricket World Cup."

Vimal Hardat, Cricket Canada's Vice President wished Cheema and the entire team the best as they prepared for the tournament.

"Rizwan is one of Canada's veteran players and a strong contributor with the bat and the ball. He's put up some historic peformances in T20's for Canada and we hope that as captain this trend will continue. We wish him and the team the best of luck."

Canada open's the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, March 13th against the Netherlands.

Wed, 03/07/2012


2010 Champion's York university highlight Canada's entries into the 2012 American College Cricket Championship to be held in Florida next week. York will be joined by 2011 Semi-Finalists from Ryerson as well as McGill University.
McGill University has played a remarkable role in sports in USA & Canada. First it was pivotal in the development of (American) football in 1874
Then in 1875 the first hockey game was played, involving mostly McGill students, who also devised the first hockey rules. In a connection to cricket, shortly after hockey goalies began using cricket leg pads.
Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was a McGill student. Cricket was also played on campus at McGill in the 1800s, and there was a cricket field in the middle of the campus for over 100 years.
McGill Cricket ROSTER :                                           
Shoaib Ahmed Nasir (Captain) ,Saad Ahmad (Vice Captain) ,Sheikh Saad Yousaf ,Mohit Kulkarni ,Shanil Perera ,Atin Ramola ,Omaid Tanoli ,Mustafa Haris Shaikh ,Malik Waleed Tariq ,Osmar Riar ,Mir Abid Ali ,Ahmad Rashid
Canada's Univerisy Championship CANUCRIC will be held in August in Toronto.