Wed, 03/28/2012

Cricket Canada announces squad for Namibia tour April 5th to 12th, 2012. Canada will play both a 4 day Intercontinental cup fixture and two World Cricket League Championship matches from Wanderers in Windhoek, Nambia.

Canadian coach Michael Dighton looked positively toward the challenges of facing an inform Namibia side:

"By the time we land in Namibia the squad will have had some time at home and away from the merry go round that has been the last 5 months. I expect that we make the transition into the longer forms of the game quickly against an opposition that greatly impressed during the qualifying tournament and one that is reaping the benefits of being involved in the South African domestic competition. It will be a tough test away from home but one that we are looking forward to."

Canada Squad:

Rizwan Cheema (Captain), Jimmy Hansra, Rustam Bhatti, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Hiral Patel, Nitish Kumar, Manninder Aulakh, Henry Osinde, Zahid Hussain, Usman Limbada, Junaid Siddiqui, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Durand Sorraine, Tyson Gordon.


Fri, 03/23/2012

The wicket of the Rizwan Cheema early in the innings allowed Scotland to get on top of the Canadian batsman as they struggled to hit the ball to the boundary throughout their innings.

Gunasekera looked in good form before he guided a Jan Stander delivery to Majid  Haq at backward point and only really Baidwan troubled the Scotland bowlers with 20 before Haq again claimed his wicket. Haq then bowled Bhatti with his next delivery, before Desai negotiated the hat-trick ball.
Majid Haq has been one of Scotland’s top performers with the ball as he finished the tournament with a total of 17 wickets to finish the tournament as the tournaments leading wicket taker.
Canada completed their 20 overs on 135/8, Moneeb Iqbal bounced back from the disappointment of the previous day to return with figures of 4-0-15-2 while Richie Berrington took 2 wickets from 2 overs which only cost 14 runs.


Thu, 03/22/2012

OTTAWA, March 22, 2012–  On Tuesday, Cricket Team Canada won their match against Nepal at the International Cricket Council World T–20 Qualifier. Today, they will face the team from Ireland to contend for an opportunity to compete for a top‑20 world ranking.

As the single largest contributor to sport in Canada, our Government is proud to support Cricket Canada in its goal of further developing the sport of cricket in this country, including increasing their school programs and promoting the participation of women and girls in the sport. In fact, our government was the first to provide program funding from Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program to Cricket Canada in 2007.

We also appreciate the work of the International Cricket Council and their efforts to help Cricket Canada grow and develop the game in Canada. In 2009, over 20,000 children played cricket in both school and community-based development programs. At the high-performance level, Canada has qualified to compete in the past three Cricket World Cups.

As Minister of State (Sport), I offer my best wishes to the members of Cricket Team Canada in their decisive game against Ireland today. Canadians across the country are proud of how far their talent, determination and teamwork have taken them so far.

- Honourable Bal Gosal | Minister of State (Sport) 

Thu, 03/22/2012

Ireland have stormed through their first game in the knockout phase of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai with a facile ten-wicket win over Canada. With stiffer obstacles ahead - Netherlands are next - Ireland will not be complacent but were comfortably superior to the opposition in all departments.

When a wide outswinger from Trent Johnstontempted Hiral Patel to drive and edge to slip, it was the fifth time Ireland had taken a wicket in the first over in their eight games here. Ireland's pace pair has been a key element in their seven-match winning streak and so it was in this game. Johnston was given the Man of the Match accolade for his 2 for 9 from four overs.

"The more games we play, the better I'm getting," he said. "I didn't get a lot of wickets early on in the tournament but I like bowling here. It reminds me of Australian type pitches as there's a bit in it early on. As a bowler you know there's always something there if you're prepared to bend your back."

Canada opted to bat after winning the toss but only Ruvindu Gunasekera bedded down in the face of Johnston and Boyd Rankin's probing. Max Sorensen took a pasting in his first over, going for three boundaries, but redeemed himself on his return with a wicket maiden as the Canada captain Rizwan Cheema tried to clip him over mid-on. Sorensen, who was born in South Africa, took 3 for 7 off his last three overs, after a mixed start to the tournament.


Tue, 03/20/2012

Canada have closed out the Group Stage of World T20 Qualifiers in Dubai with an 18 run win over Nepal in Sharjah.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Canada struggled early as the in form Ruvindu Gunasekera was dismissed for 1 run.  Rizwan Cheema (15)  blasted a few boundaries before making his way back to the pavilion and so went the woes of Canada's middle order who all made it to double digits, however were unable to carry on.

Jimmy Hansra top scored for the Canadians with a 34 ball 29 run performance as Canada set Nepal a target of 101.

The Nepalese response was spirited as they set about to chase the total in the required 12.2 overs to leap frog Canada on Net Run Rate.  

However sharp work from the spinners, Junaid SIddique (3-13), Zahid Husain (1-11), and Jimmy Hansra (1-15), ensured that Canada always had Nepal in check.

Canada will now get set for an elimination battle with familiar foes Ireland on Thursday.



Mon, 03/19/2012

Canada breezed by Denmark on Monday with an agressive 95 run performance from opening batsmen Ruvindu Gunasekera and a supportive 43 run innings from Hiral Patel.

Coach Michael DIghton was happy to back in the wins after a heavy defeat to Afghanistan on Sunday.

"An excellent win by the boys today and a real confidence boost ahead of our must win game against Nepal tomorrow. Ruvindu and Hirals' 109 run partnership was outstanding and what we have been looking for, with both playing good innings. Tyson Gordon hit the last ball for 6 to give us momentum going into our bowling innings. He has to be the fastest runner between wickets in world cricket! Big Henry was the pick of the bowlers and generated considerable pace."

Canada now face Nepal on Tuesday in what will be a one match showdown with former Canadian Coach Pubudu Dassanayke for a chance to enter the playoff stage of the tournament.


Sun, 03/18/2012

Canada's winning streak came to a crashing halt as they lost to Afghanistan by 41 runs at the ICC T20 Cricke World Cup qualification tournament in Dubai. Batting first, the Afghan's pushed on to 174-8 despite a 3-16 performance from Zahid Hussain. 

In reply, Canada started positively and were 54-3 in 5 overs with Junaid Siddiqui (21) promoted to help push up the run rated. Despite the solid platform, the middle order could not maintain the momentum with only Nitish Kumar (38) showing some sort of resistance. Canada were bottled up for 133, losing their second match to a fellow high performance country in the tournament. 

Canada now face must win's against Denmark and Nepal to move into round 2. 


Sat, 03/17/2012

CCO rising stars Subeg Singh and Maninderjit Singh, both from Brampton Ontario never knew the surprise that was waiting for them at the Nagpur facility of the World Cricket Academy (WCA) when they were treated to a practice and training opportunity along with Rahul Dravid, Sreesanth, Shaun Tait and other players from the IPL's Rajsthan Royals. The Royals are training at WCA Nagpur ahead of the 2012 IPL season.    

Canadian players are in Nagpur on a training tour organised by Cricket Council of Ontario with assistance from Cricket Canada. Cricket Canada's senior team have previously trained with WCA coaches and undertook a tour of India in 2010 with WCA assistance. WCA now operates a residential cricket academy in Nagpur, India. Monty Desai, Coach of Rajsthan Royals and an associate of WCA is currently with the Canadian team in Dubai at the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.  

CCO President Leslie Soobrian was excited at the opportunity given to Subeg and Maninder. 
"The boys have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. These youngsters have demonstrated the courage and desire to enhance their skills while learning techniques to further their development.Their parents must be complimented for the support and encouragement given to the boys. We hope one day to see them on our national team. 
The Cricket Council of Ontario is proud of these youngsters and thank all our partners for their part in making this trip a success. Interacting with some of the best cricketers in the world...would give them the confidence to pursue their cricketing career.  
Cricket Council of Ontario wants to focus on this type of development at home  and at the sametime mainstain relationships with such outstanding and high profile academy as the WCA for junior and senior cricketers. These type of coaching exchange is vital for the future of Canadian Cricket  The time has come for all of us to work together in an concerted effort to develop policies and to establish the infrastructure  for coaching. The successes of any great cricket nation have always depended on the quality of their coaching programs and their outreach to beginners and youths. Canadian future successes will only come if we continue to expand and put these mechanisms in place to allow our young and aspiring cricketers to pursue excellence in their cricket career.
I must thank Ranjit Saini for his involement and leadership in making this tour a reality. He is a man of true conviction and a visionary for the future of Canadian Cricket. His ideas and ideals are in the best interest of this sport."
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."