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."


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.