Wed, 09/28/2011

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Australian, Michael Dighton, to the position of National Coach.

Dighton, the former Tasmanian batsmen, is a veteran of over 60 First Class Australian domestic matches scoring over 4000runs, and recently assisted Netherlands at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in South Asia.  Michael has also had coaching stints as head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad and the batting coach of the Tasmania u23 side.

As an overseas player, Dighton has also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire, & Netherlands in the ECB’s pro-40 competition.

Vimal Hardat, Cricket Canada’s Vice-President was excited to make the announcement from Toronto this morning.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Michael's background on board to direct our drive to the 2015 Cricket World Cup and restore our position as one of the top Associate Cricket Nations. Michaels drive and determination to succeed will be a welcome addition to our programs and we look forward to him joining us."

Dighton for his part was upbeat and looking forward to the challenge following his arrival in Canada this morning,

“I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on. I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making…”

Cricket Canada will make Michael available for media opportunities from Wednesday September 28th – Sunday October 1st. Please contact cricketcanada@gmail.com for media requests.

Wed, 09/28/2011

 

GOCRICKETGOCANADA.COMsat down with Michael Dighton to find out more about his cricket background, how he plans to adjust to a Canadian lifestyle, and what follower’s of Cricket Canada can expect to see from the national team in the coming years.

 

 

Q&A

 

Q. Michael, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us.  A lot of folks in Canada will be wondering exactly who is Michael Dighton. Can you tell us a bit about your cricketing background?

 

A. I would describe myself as a cricketing gypsy and the trend continues in this exciting opportunity as Canada’s National Coach. I grew up in Perth, Western Australia and made my first class debut for WA aged 21 in the 97/98 season as a top order right handed batsman. Teammates included Tom Moody, Justin Langer (who played for the same club side, Scarborough CC), Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist and Brendan Julian. I played 12 first class games and 8 list A games from the 97/98 season through to the 2000/2001 season.  I struggled to play regularly due to the fact that many of the above were still playing for WA at that time.

 

In 2001, I was approached to play for Tasmania where I would play until the end of the 2009/2010 season, playing 50 first class games, 90 list A games and 16 t20 matches. My career highlight was playing in the first Tasmanian side to win the Sheffield Shield domestic first class competition.

 

I also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire and the Netherlands (as overseas player in the English Pro40 competition). I played club cricket for Scarborough in WA, North Hobart in Tasmania as well as for clubs in England, Scotland and the Netherlands.

 

My coaching experiences include;

·         Assistant coach (batting) for the Netherlands at the 2011 WC

·         Head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad

·         Batting coach of the Tasmanian u23s team

·         Captain/Coach of various club teams at home and abroad

 

Q. Canada is a long way from Australia and despite our long association with John Davison, many Aussies may not have heard of Canada playing cricket.

 

A. I know that cricket is a popular sport throughout the country and that there is an abundance of young talent that I am very much looking forward to seeing in action and working with! I know that there is also a rich history and tradition of cricket in Canada

 

 

 

Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing you as you take over this team.

 

A. The logistical issue springs to mind. Canada is a big country; much like Australia and my initial time will be spent getting a feel for how the players train without having a central training base as such.

 

Q. What are you most looking forward to about living in Canada.

 

A. A big traditional Canadian breakfast with plenty of Maple Syrup! I also can’t wait to go to an Ice hockey game as I am told that the atmosphere is electric! I would also love to spend some time in the Canadian wilderness when time permits and I love my fishing, so trying to land a big Atlantic Salmon or ice fishing will be high on my to do list! I have never been skiing either and I am looking forward to having a crack at it.

 

Q. Obviously being a new coach, you will want to quickly put your unique stamp on the team. What is that going to look like?

 

A. My focus will be on continual improvement. It provides a fantastic theme and environment in which to work if everyone is looking to become the best cricketer they can possibly be for the good of the team. The players need to be honest with themselves and with one another in an appropriate way and respect what each individual brings to the team.  I want the team to be more consistent on a day to day basis which is a challenge at associate level due to varying circumstances but cannot be used an excuse. I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on. I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making, because at the end of the day we are in the entertainment business.

 

Q. Finally, the thing that vexes everyone who moves here…are you looking forward to the Canadian Winter

 

A. Scares the living daylights out of me! My wife grew up 2 hours north of Chicago and has given me some ideas on what to expect and it sounds interesting. I am very much looking forward to my first white Christmas and the distinct changes to the seasons, something we don’t really get here in Australia

Thanks Michael, we wish you the best of luck!

 

Tue, 09/27/2011

By popular demand, Sorrkam.tv is rebroadcasting the epic battle from the Etihad Summer Festibal between Canada and Afghanistan. Watch the down to the wire finish featuring heroics from Hamza Tariq and Hiral Patel in both innings to swing the game CAnada's way. Tune in below to watch this match and don't forget Saturday the series for national bragging rights, BC vs. Ontario best of 3 T20's to determine the national T20 champion's will be shown live here on www.gocricketgocanada.com

Cricket Canada...the innovators in Associate webcasts of Cricket are pleased to partner with Sorkkam to bring you this event.

 

 

Mon, 09/26/2011

With the succesful completion of the Cricket Canada/ICC level 1 coaching course in Toronto, Cricket Canada is pleased to annouce the undertaking of  another vital iniative outlined in the 2011-2013 strategic plan. The Cricket Canada Umpiring benchmarking program commences this week with Canada's top umpires assembling in Toronto.   With the active support of the West Indies Cricket Board, this project will be completed during the 2011 National League T20 Championship Final being contested between Ontario and BC. 

Mr. Goaland Greaves, senior umpiring panel member and assesor from WI has been appointed by WICB for this assesment.  During the tournament, Mr. Greaves will provide an assessment of Cricket Canada's umpires and umpiring systems. Cricket Canada will use this information and Mr. Greave's assistance to develop Cricket Canada' elite panel of umpires and standardized umpiring program. 
 
6 umpires, all holding Cricket Canada Level 3 umpiring certification will stand in the National League T20 final and will be benchmarked against the same criteria that Mr. Greaves uses to train and evaluate the umpires from the West Indies.  The successful umpires shall also play a pivotal role in providing training and assessments of umpires in different regions of the country and help increase the umpiring standards throughout the country.
 
Cricket Canada will follow up with activities during the upcoming winter and will offer several courses through out the country to bring excellence, uniformity and equality in umpiring standards. The umpiring assessments and up-grading system will be implemented to ensure that Canadian umpires remain current and competent in all parts of the country.
 
 
Sun, 09/25/2011

Cricket Canada’s domestic season is coming to and end across the country as league and provincial finals continue to be played in many leagues.

 

On Saturday, Meraloma’s Cricket Club defeated United Victoria Cricket Club by seven wickets.  United CC batted first and made 156, which Meraloma’s chased down for the loss of 3 wickets. Jon Snow (38*) and Dave McGowan (43) led the way for the BCMCL Champions. Meraloma’s are the Cricket BC champions and will represent BC in the 2012 John Ross Robertson Competition. <SCORECARD>

 

On Sunday, in a match webcast live across the country, PCB Stallion’s defeated Centurions Cricket Club by 19 runs to with the TDCA Elite division compeition. Batting first, the Stallions were led by Usman Limbada who helped carry them to 208 from 50 overs. In reply, Centurion’s kept the chase close before running out of steam in the final overs to come up just short. 

Wed, 09/21/2011

Cricket Canada is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic CEO to lead the organization in accordance with the 2011-2013 Cricket Canada Strategic plan. The posting closes October 17th for this exciting position.

Please see below for more details.

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Mon, 09/19/2011

Cricket Canada and Quipu.TV are pleased to provide LIVE STREAMING of Canada's ODI series vs Ireland.  Tune in Monday September 19th & Tuesday September 20th at 5:30AM EDT for complete coverage of the matches.

ODI 2 UPDATES

09.20.11 | 09:00AM EDT | Canada have restricted Ireland to 249/7 in 50 Overs.

LIVE STREAM CHANNEL 1 

ODI 1 UPDATES

09.19.11 | 12:00 PM EDT | Ireland have beaten Canada by 133 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Read CRICINFO's MATCH REPORT for full details.

09.19.11 | 08:45 AM EDT | Ireland have set Canada a total of 328.  Ed Joyce (88), William Porterfield (67), and Gary WIlson (56) led the way for the Irish. 

09.19.11 | 06:45 AM EDT | We have been advised by Quipu.TV that they are experiencing broadcast satellite issues and are working to rectify the problem.  Please bare with us.

 

Thu, 09/15/2011

Calling all coaches...

Cricket Canada is looking for motivated, passionate and skilled cricketers with a keen interest in coaching to puruse the goals laid out in the 2011 Strategic plan. 

Cricket Canada, in association wtih ICC America's will be offering the ICC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Certification Course in Toronto September 23-25th, 2011. 

The offering is the first in a series of initiatives to support Cricket Canada's strategic plan that was released earlier this year. Cricket Canada will be looking to certify as many coaches across Canada on an annual basis. In 2012, the Level 2 course will be offered in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board benchmarking Cricket Canada's courses against a top FM international standard.

Positions are being offered in the first course to provinces on the basis of georgraphic and demographic criteria. In accordance with Cricket Canada's goal's laid out in the strategic plan, 6 regional and 20 area coaches will be certified to support and train regional squads in all of our programs. 

In 2012 Cricket Canada's selectors will also be certfied to level 2 in accordance wtih the strategic plans selection criteria and the entire senior selection panel will also partake in this course. 

Cricket Canada is currently in the process of engaging an expert to develop Cricket Canada coaching system that will achieve NCCP and ICC approval. A common curriculum will be developed for Cricket Canada coaches to follow and a process for approved academy certification will also be introduced. Persons participating in the current course would need to take required NCCP courses thru their local coaching association in the Province of their residence.

Candidates with proven cricket credentials and a keen interest in pursuing cricket coaching are encouraged to apply. Should positions not be available for the upcoming course,  candidates will be wait-listed for the next set of courses to be offered in the coming months.

REGISTER NOW

Thu, 09/15/2011

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the dates and format for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in 2012 that will be held in UAE.

The tournament will be held 13-24 March 2012 utilizing five grounds in the country. (Dubai International Cricket Stadium, ICC Global Cricket Academy Ovals 1 and 2, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)

The tournament format will be as follows :

- Two groups of eight, each team playing each team in their group once
- The top 3 teams in each group will progress to the second round
- The group winners will play each other in a group final which will see the winner of that match qualify for the 2012 T20 CWC. The loser moves into the qualifying final
- The second and third teams in each group cross over wiht the winners meeting in a Preliminary Final.
- The winner for the preliminary final plays the loser of the qualifying final with that match winner moving through to the 2012 T20 CWC

Wed, 09/14/2011

DAY 2 of Canada's Intercontinental Cup fixture with Ireland is underway from Observatory Lane in Dublin.  

Canada did well to scuttle the balance of the Irish innings for a paltry 27 behind the bowling of Khurram Chohan (4-101) and Manny Aulakh (3-94), who both grabbed a piece of the morning's action.   

In their 1st innings response, Canada came out agressively with Ruvindu Gunasekera (66) taking iniative over an Irish bowling attack that will miss the veteran leadership of the cagy Trent Johnston.  

The  innings however belonged to Irish spinners as Alberta van der Merwe (5-70) and George Dockrell (2-60) combined with seamer John Mooney (2-28) to rattle the Canadian batting to 194 all out.  

Canada followed on and after a steady start, wickets began to tumble. Rizwan Cheema did set the Dublin sky ablaze wtih a scintilating half century scoring 97 (45 balls | 10 sixes). Cheema's extraordinary innings ended with Boom Boom short of a century but he very clearly announced that he is back and a force to be reckoned with.   Cheema's departure spelt the end for any Canadian resistance as they were bundled out for 257, some 11 runs adrift of the target.

Despite the dissapointing outcome, Canada takes a measure of confidence into the coming ODI's .

Speaking from Toronto, President Ranjit Saini spoke about the loss

"We were of course all dissapointed with the outcome today but take solace that the dissapointment comes from the passion to win not only in our players but our administratiors and fans across the globe. Year's of neglect of our domestic system have put us into an unenviable position and while we move to correct this deficiency, we will continue to breed our young players into our team. We expect uneven outcomes but know that the path we are on will lead to greater successes in the future.

we are proud of the fight and determination our boys showed today and expect the same next week in the ODI's."

 

Cricinfo’s  coverage

DAY 2 UPDATES

09.14.11 | 10:20am EDT | 2nd INNINGS Canada Follow On

09.14.11 | 9:15am EDT | Rizwan Cheema (28) falls to John Mooney.  Canada are 163/6.

09.14.11 | 8:50am EDT | George Dockrell strikes as Jimmy Hansra (8) is removed LBW. Canada are 123/5.

09.14.11 | 8:40am EDT | Albert Van der Merwe has trapped Ruvindu Gunasekera (66) out of his crease.  Canada are on the back foot now 123/4.

09.14.11 | 8:30am EDT | Albert Van der Merwe has claimed the wicket of Zeashan Siddiqui (14).  Canada are 114/4.

09.14.11 | 7:30am EDT | LUNCH | Canada are 92-2 at lunch.  Ruvindu Gunasekera (53) has led Canada's charge. 

DAY 1 SUMMARY

TOUR NOTEABLES

09.13.11 | 3:00pm EDT | Ireland are on top after DAY 1 with a sizeable first innings total of 435 / 7. P. Stirling (107)

09.12.11 | 10:00am EDT | ICUP preparations for both teams have been affected by adverse weather conditions.  Unusually high winds have meant practice was conducted indoors. FORECAST

09.09.11 | 1:00pm EDT | Canadian paceman Henry Osinde was unable to depart with the team from Toronto on Thursday evening due to an unspecified travel document issue.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Warm-Up Match - SCORECARD

Canada XI vs Leprechauns CC
September 10th, 2011 | 12:00pm Local | 07:00am EDT
North Kildare CC, Kilcock

Intercontinental Cup Fixture CRICINFO LIVE
September 13th – 16th, 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Observatory Lane, Rathmines, Dublin

Associate ODI League STREAMED LIVE
September 19th. 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

September 20th. 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

TOURING SQUAD

Amarbir Hansra (Captain) BC, Rizwan Cheema (Vice Captain) ON, Harvir Baidwan ON, Usman Limbada ON, Hamza Tariq AB, Henry Osinde ON, Hiral Patel ON, Junaid Siddiqui ON, Zeeshan Siddiqui MB, Ruvindu Gunasekera ON, Khurram Chohan AB, Maninder Aulakh BC, Nitish Kumar ON, Zahid Hussain ON.

Interim Coach: Ingleton Liburd
Manager: Johnny Bujan
Physio: Jason Israelski