Thu, 02/23/2012

Canada has arrived in Sri Lanka and are setling all set for 3 weeks of hard nosed cricket action. The team has been fitness training through week one with games set to begin in earnest on Monday with a 50 over match against Scotland. 

February 27th, 2011 | Canada vs. Scotland (50 Over)
February 29th, 2011 | Canada vs. SLC XI (T20) |
March 1, 2011 | Canada vs. SLC XI (T20)
March 2, 2011 | Canada vs. Scotland (T20)
March 5, 2011 | Canada vs. SLC XI (T20)
March 6, 2011 | Canada vs. SLC XI (T20)
March 8, 2011 | Canada vs. SLC XI (T20)



Fri, 02/17/2012

T20 ALL STAR CRICKET comes to Toronto May 12th as Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya lead an Asian XI against Rizwan Cheema, Ashish Bagai, Brendan Taylor and the World XI. The match will also include a Bollywood entertainment show featuring Imran Khan
Cricket is back at Rogers Centre this May and tickets go on sale tomorrow morning on Ticketmaster

Thu, 02/16/2012

Jimmy Hansra has stepped down as captain of Canada's Senior Men's team. Hansra's decision was conveyed to the board and accepted a short time ago.

In a statement Hansra was upbeat about the upcoming tournament and looked to do his part to ensure Canada qualifies for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup

"I would like to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to lead Canada.  In my short stay as Captain, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and have learned a lot in a very short time.  It has helped me grow as a cricketer and as an individual.  However, looking ahead and putting cricket in front, I believe I need to focus on my game more and I can offer more to Cricket Canada as a player at this moment than a Captain.  I am very happy with the organization and I believe we are definitely heading in the right direction.  I am looking forward to the upcoming tournament as a player and I am very confident in this team that if we play together, we will qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup and make Canada proud.  Thank you once again to everyone involved for your trust and support throughout."

Hansra assumed the captaincy following the Cricket World Cup from Ashish Bagai. At that tournament Hansra was one of Canada's top performers with the bat and ball.

Cricket Canada's Vice President Vimal Hardat confimred that the board had accepted Hansra's resignation.

"Jimmy conveyed to us after the Caribbean T20 tournament his wish to stand down from the captaincy. While we asked him to reconsider we accept his decision and look forward to his future contributions to our organization. Jimmy has been a class act since he joined the program and he carried himself with class throughout his period as captain. We wish him all the best."

Hansra's replacement will be named shortly.

Canada will leave for a tour of Sri Lanka on Saturday prior to the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers which will begin March 13th in UAE. 

Wed, 02/15/2012

Kat Rose Inc. is hosting a press conference on Thursday, February 16th at 1 p.m. at Rogers Centre (Gate 9 – Media Conference Room) to officially announce the details of the Cricket All-Star T20 match, and we are extending an invitation for your presence. The Cricket All-Star T20 match will be taking place on May 12, 2012 at Rogers Centre. This exhibition match will feature international top-tier cricketers, and will also include a cultural and entertainment show that will feature a world-class artist.

Mr. Herb Choga, President of Kat Rose Inc. and Mr. Ingleton Liburd, Cricket Operations Officer for Cricket Canada will address the media. In addition, Alistair Campbell, Chairman of Zimbabwe's Cricket Committee, Neil Manthorp, a cricket commentator and journalist, and Mr. Amir Shamsi, VP of Marketing, are eager to add to this initiative.



Tue, 02/14/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the following 14 man squad for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup Qualification Tournament to be held in Dubai from March 13th - 24th in the United Arab Emirates.

Manny Aulakh (Richmond, BCMCL)
Harvir Baidwan (Yorkshire, TDCA)
Rustam Bhatti (Centurions, TDCA)
Rizwan Cheema (PCB, TDCA) 
Khurram Chohan (Canasia, C&DCL)
Tyson Gordon (Scona, E&DCL)
Ruvindu Gunasekera (Overseas, TDCA)
Jimmy Hansra (Abbotsford, BCMCL)
Zahid Hussain (Overseas, TDCA)
Nitish Kumar (Repton Academy, UK)
Henry Osinde (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Hiral Patel (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Raza-ur-Rehman (Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, TDCA)
Junaid Siddiqui (PCB, TDCA)

Coach : Michael Dighton
Manager : Johnny Bujan

The final 14 man squad will leave Saturday for a training camp in Sri Lanka before heading to Dubai for the qualifiers.
Mon, 02/13/2012

Cricket Canada will be conducting a training camp in Ontario February 18th and 19th, 2012. The camp will be run by national women's coach George Codrington and will also serve to assist with final selection of the national women's team to particpate in the 2012 ICC America's Women's tournament to be held in April in Cayman Islands. 

Camp Schedule


DAY 1: - Date:            Saturday 18 February 2012
              - Time:           1 Pm  -  4 Pm
              - Location:    Sport Performance Centre (2180 Highway 7, Unit 12, Concord, Ontario... Hwy 7 & Keele)
              - Time:          5 Pm - 7 Pm 
              - Location:   Qasra Sports (Carlingview Drive) 
DAY 2: - Date:           Sunday 19 February 2012
              - Time:          12 Pm - 2 Pm 
              - Location:   Qasra Sports (Carlingview Drive)
All players wishing to be selected for the national program should make efforts to attend this camp. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Abigail Rajkumar.
If you have not previously received notification about the camp, please contact Abigail Rajkumar for further details and to register yourself for the camp.
Sun, 02/12/2012


With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Clifford Cox on February 4, 2012, at age 79. Truly a legend and mentor to many, Cliff was born on March 16, 1932 in Oldham, England and grew up on the cricket grounds and football pitches of Lancashire.


He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and quickly became involved in many aspects of his new country from sport to business to theatre. He founded DB Equipment in 1968 and continued to work there daily; he was a respected member of the business community across the country. Cliff, or 'Coxey' had a huge passion for cricket, he was a true sportsman and competitor. He was an active member of the Meraloma Cricket Club, currently was on the board of Cricket BC as well as 3rd VP of Cricket Canada.


Always wanting to spread the love of the game, he organized many tours and welcomed all to come. As well as sport, Cliff had a passion for the performing arts, both as an actor/singer, and an advocate. He was a founding member of many theatrical companies and societies both locally and in Ontario. He is a lifetime board member of Theatre Under The Stars.


The depth of his legacies will continue to amaze for years to come. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Doreen, daughter Liz (John) grandsons Matthew, Trevor and Andrew, daughter, Joanne (Brian) granddaughter Lauren, and his sister Carol, and niece Mandy.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cricket BC, 9173 Shaughnessy St., Vancouver, BC, V6P 6R9. A celebration of Cliff's life will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at St. Philip's Anglican Church, 3737 West 27th Ave. Vancouver. Reception to follow.

Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006



Sun, 02/12/2012

Cricket PEI has elected/re-elected the following board at their recent Annual General Meeting

President: Sarath Chandrasekere- for a second 3 year term

V President: David Daughton

Secretary: Louise Robichaud

Treasurer: Sherani Jayawickrema

Director Communications: Richard Raiswell

Director: Kapila Dimantha

Director: Shabbir Amanulla

Director and Coach: Verley Harrison

Director: Rajat Grover

Director: Dinesh Abraham


Fri, 02/10/2012

Last week, the International Cricket Council released the much-anticipated Woolf Report. The report, which served as an independent review of the ICC governance system made many recommendations, which could serve to radically change the organization of the ICC.

Cricket Canada remains cautiously optimistic that some of the recommendations in the report if implemented could pave the way for an exciting new time for world cricket. Cricket Canada president congratulated the ICC on taking such a brave step in undertaking the governance study. “Firstly the ICC should be congratulated for undertaking such a bold initiative. Putting oneself under the magnifying glass is not an easy thing and we will be interested to see the results of the April meeting”
Among the recommendations that Saini highlighted as allowing Associate Cricket nations like Canada to move forward were the admission of two full members as early as 2013 and the redistribution of funds within the ICC family.
Key items in the report such as distribution of funds based on need basis, granting of full membership for high performance associates with immediate entries, removing test status as a requirement to become a full member and opening the FTP to include more countries are all initiatives that should they be adopted would serve to elevate the profile of Associate nations like Canada.
"In our particular case being a cold weather country, we are forced to undertake major overeseas tours for preparations towards any major qualifiers, like the upcoming T20 CWCQ. In the process much of our funding dissappears in the cost of travel and acoomodation for our team. we would expect that a need basis syetm will likely deal with this issue and create an equal competitive environment ”
Saini continued
“We have kept our eye on full membership as an organization for some time now and are working towards or have achieved many of the requirements already. While there is still much to do, we are hopeful that with a clear and defined path forward we will be able to open more avenues of funding currently not available to us due to lack of exposure to the highest level or ICC policy that closes off avenues of government funding. Participation in multi sport activities such as the Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games  are key requirements for increased government funding."
The ICC's current system of event qualification is a major contributing factor to Canada's athlete's not being eligible for any type of Athlete's assistance available in other sports. 
"As it stands now, much of our ICC funding is targeted towards the Senior Men’s program (this to ensure continued high funding levels) and as such we are unable to invest towards infrastructure development, youth and women’s programs, or any grassroots development in the regions. This is a vicious cycle and if we fail to perform and maintain our high performance associate status, the funding levels will drop iff. Opening up funding opportunities by way of direct funding or an ability to commercialize, our matches by way of the FTP would create resources for us that will develop our player pathways. The ability to attract more dollars into associate nations, especially those with huge commercial potential like Canada, is one of the key elements to this plan.”
The Woolf report will be tabled at the next ICC Board meeting in April.
Wed, 02/08/2012

Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Death of Clifford Cox


OTTAWA, February 7, 2012– It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Clifford Cox, Vice President of Cricket Canada.

Mr. Cox, who immigrated to Canada from England in 1956, was a leading figure in our nation’s cricket scene, both as a player and a builder. He was captain of the Canadian national team before joining the executive board of Cricket Canada, where he served as Vice President and was an enthusiastic supporter of women’s cricket.

In recognition of his service to the sport, the International Cricket Council awarded Mr. Cox with a Centenary Medal in 2009. His home league, the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League, honoured his contributions by introducing the Cliff Cox Medal, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player who also demonstrated good sportsmanship during the season.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Clifford Cox.