Thu, 10/20/2011

Canada will look to build on their win over 2010 ECB T20 champion's Hampshire when the 2011-2012 Carribean T20 tournament gets underway January 9th in Trinidad.

Netherlands and Sussex will feature in the 2011-12 Caribbean T20, while Canada will play in the tournament for a third consecutive year. Hampshire and Somerset, who played in the last edition, will not take part this time, with Netherlands and Sussex replacing them to make up three foreign teams that will compete with the seven Caribbean teams


Thu, 10/20/2011

Coach Michael Dighton  has the pieces to his T20 puzzle as the selectors have named the T20 squad for the next several months. The squad started training in Toronto on Monday and are expected to carry through until the conclusion of the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualification tourament in Dubai in March. 

Full squad

Rizwan Cheema (PCB - TDCA)

Usman Limbada  (PCB - TDCA)




Ruvindu Gunaskera (OVERSEAS - TDCA)

Abdul Sattar (UNITED - C&CDL)

Durand Sorraine (VIKINGS - TDCA)

Zamal Khan (VIKINGS - TDCA)

Khurram Chohan (CANASIA - C&DCL)

Harvir Baidwan (YORKSHIRE - TDCA)

Manny Aulakh (RICHMOND - BCMCL)



Junaid Siddique (PCB - BCMCL)

Tyrone Roberts (VIKINGS - TDCA)


Hamza Tariq (UNITED - C&DCL)

Thu, 10/13/2011

The work began in the Exhibition ground today to build the natural turf wicket as old artificial turf was removed and the new square began to take shape. The work to complete the seeding will end by 18th October 2011. Chris Chappell, an experienced  turf pitch expert from Ontario who has been appointed as Project Contractor, arrived this morning and got on to the task of building the new pitch immediately. Chris expressed deep satisfaction and happiness that the weather was cooperating and that there was no rain in the forecast during the construction period.

The project saw many challenges in the making and leading up to this day. President Ranjit Saini speaking from Toronto said that the biggest challenge was the lack of availability of the local suitable clay soil mix that could meet expectations to suit tropical and temperate climates.

“While whole lot of people talk in terms of clay percentage, the right quality requirements of the suitable clay soil mix are the binding strength and the ability to grow healthy grass while  making sure that proper bounce could be achieved. In a region with short growing season such as ours, the quality of the soil to grow healthy grass in a short period of time is very important.”

“I am very pleased to know that with the assistance of several soil laboratories in Alberta, we were able to locate an area where such a soil mix existed that could provide us with a fast track that we all wished to have in Canada. The soil has been tested for these properties before selection. The Abbotsford wicket is going to provide us with the experience that is comparable to some West Indian and South African pitches” said Saini.

The President is travelling to Abbotsford to see the finishing of the construction and to have meetings with the City of Abbotsford to facilitate arrangements for the wicket maintenance and will also meet officials of Western Economic Diversification Canada, the co-sponsors of the project on behalf of Government of Canada. The President will also attend separate meetings with Cricket Alberta in Calgary and Cricket BC executive meeting in Surrey, to exchange information and discuss future development plans for the region.

Wed, 10/12/2011

The second season of the Halifax Cricket League came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday with Halifax Blue battling to a tight 5-run victory over Halifax Gold in the last over of the Final of the Twenty20 Competition. In the Final of the 40-over competition back on September 25th, Halifax Red claimed the trophy with a 40-run win against Halifax Gold. For more match details please visit the Nova Scotia Cricket Association's website or Facebook page.

Mon, 10/10/2011

Cricket Canada KIDS made a stop last month at the Williamsburgh Community Association's community festival to put on a demonstration of cricket for the region. 

Praim Persaud from CCO spearheaded the efforts to have the demonstration done for the thousands in attendance at the annual festival. Youth on hand got a first hand look at cricket and were able to try out the game using one of the CC KIDS kits on display at the event.

Williamsburg Community and CCO will be working to find ways to have cricket integrated into the community program.

Cricket Canada KIDS in the official community and schools cricket program in Canada and is present in all of Canada's provinces. Cricket Canada and its provincial partners work with coaches and teachers across the country to teach cricket to Canada's youth.

Cricket Canada thanks Praim Persaud and CCO for another successful CC KIDS event.


Fri, 10/07/2011

After a successful foray into the IPL, Sportnet is back in the sport of Cricket in signing a massive deal to bring Candian cricket fans the next four years of ICC events, culminating in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. The 2013 CWCQ has also been listed as a broadcast even though details have not yet been made available as of yet.

Should Canada make it to the 2015 event or the 2012 T20 CWC in Sri Lanka, fans will be able to follow our team on cable via the Sportsnet suite of channels or on their mobile phones. Cricket Canada Vice President Ravin Moorthy was pleased with the announcement saying "This (deal) is further recognition of how big cricket has become in Canada. Having one of the biggest names in Canadian sports involved with cricket is great news for fans and players as well as the overall visibility of the game in Canada"

Full Text of the Sportsnet Press Release

Sportsnet Announces Four-Year Agreement with ESPN STAR Sports for International Cricket Council Events

  • Multiplatform coverage on Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet Mobile –
  • Coverage includes ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy, Under 19 Cricket World Cup, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup  

TORONTO (October 6, 2011) 

Sportsnet World is now home to the International Cricket Council’s biggest events, as Sportsnet today announced a new four-year agreement with ESPN STAR Sports, Asia’s No. 1 sports content provider, for all ICC events through 2015 on multiple Sportsnet platforms. The exclusive Canadian media agreement includes eight major international tournaments, leading up to the world’s premiere cricket event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

With this new agreement, Sportsnet World becomes the ultimate destination for cricket fans, complementing its extensive coverage of Indian Premier League matches.

All eight ICC events will be aired on Sportsnet World, plus additional coverage on Sportsnet. Sportsnet Mobile and will also offer coverage.

“Our new partnership with the ICC and ESPN STAR Sports strengthens our hold on cricket across the country and is a great addition for Sportsnet World," said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “Fans in Canada now have access to more cricket coverage than ever before.”

Anurag Dahiya, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Cricket Rights, said, “We are very pleased to partner with Sportsnet as we continue to work towards giving the largest exposure to ICC events. The recent ICC Cricket World Cup was showcased in more than 180 territories across the globe and we are committed to further build on its reach.”

The four-year agreement includes the following eight events:

· 2012 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup · 2012 ICC World Twenty20
· 2013 ICC World Cup Qualifier · 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
· 2013 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup
· 2014 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup · 2014 ICC World Twenty20
· 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup The full broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming months.

For all the scores, highlights, breaking news and inside stories, tune in to Sportsnet Connected and visit Social Media Links: Twitter: @RogersSportsnet Facebook:


Thu, 10/06/2011

The tournament that York University made famous across Canada by winning in 2010 will be coming to a TV set near you. The American College Cricket Championship will be broadcast live on TV Asia starting this year. ACC president Lloyd Jodah made the announcement in New York on Monday.

Several schools that participated in the CanUCric tournament earlier this summer are expected to participate in the event.

Full text of release :

New York, October 4, 2011 

American College Cricket today announced an agreement with TV Asia as their exclusive worldwide broadcast partner in all formats for matches beginning October 09, 2011 in the United States

The Semi finals and Finals of the North East and Mid Atlantic Regional Championships will be available on TV Asia every Saturday at 7 pm EDT beginning October 29, and repeated at 12 midnight EDT each Saturday until December 8, 2011. The schedule will be more extensive next Fall.

The top 32 teams from this Fall season will then compete in the Nationals, the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship in March 2012 in Florida – Cricket Craziness just before College Basketball’s March Madness!

 TV Asia will televise the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship including the final 6 matches live from Florida on TV Asia. The National Championship will be played as usual for the Shiv Chanderpaul Trophy.

 ”American College Cricket pioneered cricket promotion on Facebook, Twitter and now Google +, to reach the Cricket audience in the USA and Canada and was the first to broadcast domestic cricket in the USA in March 2010. TV Asia’s mission and strategy is geared towards the American and Canadian audience so they are the ideal Media Partners”, American College Cricket’s founder and President Lloyd Jodah stated.

 ”In continuing with our mission to highlight and encourage local Talent, TV Asia is proud to be associated with American College Cricket in televising the regionals and the Spring break Championship Cricket matches in USA & Canada”, stated Mr. H.R. Shah Chairman of TV Asia. “This agreement reaffirms TV Asia’s commitment to be the Voice and Mirror of the South Asian Community in United States and Canada,” added Mr. Shah who agreed to be on the Advisory Board of American College Cricket.

Sun, 10/02/2011

Despite the cold and wet weather, Ontario and BC clashed in the finals of the Cricket Canada National T20 league on Saturday. Frigid temperatures greeted both teams but a delayed start, broadcast live around the world on, saw temperatures creep towards double digits by mid afternoon. 

With poor weather looming for the afternoon and on Sunday both teams knew the series would come down to one game and with that in mind BC captain Jimmy Hansra put his team into bat first. 

Ontario's Henry Osinde and Jeremy Gordon, bowling quick under difficult conditions, hemmed the BC batsmen in and none of them got off to positives starts .  Gordon with 2 wickets  accounted for Balkiaz Khan (1) and Jason Sandher (32) and snuffed out any hope of a big score for the visitors. Tyrone Roberts (2-13) and Rizwan Cheema (1-13) were among the other wickets as BC was restricted to 85-7 in 20 overs. 

Ontario's openers Hiral Patel (28) and Khushroo Wadia (50) set about positively in the chase and though Patel fell late in the innings, the stage was set for a comprehensive Ontario victory. 

Rizwan Cheema was named man of the series for his heroics earlier in the week as Ontario were deservingly named 2011 T20 National League Champions


Recorded and generated by nxCricket-HD iPad App.


Match Date: Saturday 01 October 2011
Location: Mlcc
Balziaz Khan c Rizwan Cheema - Ont b Jeremy Gordon 1 5     20.00
Jason Sandher c Henry Osinde b Jeremy Gordon 32 45 3   71.11
Gaurav Kumar. b Rizwan Cheema - Ont 10 13     76.92
Jimmy Hansra -BC b Tyrone Roberts 3 8     37.50
Jawad Dawood not out 14 19 1   73.68
Gagan Dhillon c Rizwan Cheema - Ont b Tyrone Roberts 3 6     50.00
Jonathon Snow not out 15 24 1   62.50
Rashid Masood            
Manny Aulakh            
Awais Ahmed            
TOTAL EXTRAS: 7 (4wd 0nb 2lb 1b) 85  
Fall Of Wicket
WICKET 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SCORE 6 31 37 46 68          
OUT Balziaz Khan Gaurav Kumar. Jimmy Hansra -BC Gagan Dhillon Jason Sandher          
OVER 1.4 6.2 8.5 10.2 15.6          
NOT OUT Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jason Sandher Jonathon Snow          
PARTNERSHIP 6 25 6 9 22          
Henry Osinde 4 0 16 0 4.00 1wd
Jeremy Gordon 4 0 18 2 4.50 2wd
Rizwan Cheema - Ont 4 0 17 1 4.25  
Junaid Sidique 4 0 18 0 4.50  
Tyrone Roberts 4 0 13 2 3.25 1wd
Over by Over details
1 4 0 Henry Osinde 1 2 . . . 1wd .
2 8 1 Jeremy Gordon . . 2lb W 1wd 1 .
3 12 1 Henry Osinde 1 . 1 . 1 1
4 21 1 Jeremy Gordon 4 1 . 1 1 1wd 1
5 28 1 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 1 1 4 . .
6 31 1 Junaid Sidique 2 1 . . . .
7 32 2 Rizwan Cheema - Ont . W 1 . . .
8 36 2 Junaid Sidique 1 1 . 1 1 .
9 37 3 Tyrone Roberts . 1 . . W .
10 43 3 Junaid Sidique 1 . . 1 . 4
11 47 4 Tyrone Roberts 1wd 2 W . . 1 .
12 52 4 Junaid Sidique 2 1 1 1 . .
13 56 4 Tyrone Roberts 1 . 1 . 1 1
14 60 4 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 1 1 . . 1
15 64 4 Tyrone Roberts . . . . . 4
16 68 5 Jeremy Gordon 1 1 . 1by 1 W
17 75 5 Henry Osinde 1 2 4 . . .
18 79 5 Jeremy Gordon 1 . . 2 1 .
19 80 5 Henry Osinde . . . . 1 .
20 85 5 Rizwan Cheema - Ont 1 . 2 1 1 .

ONTARIO innings
ONTARIO (12.0 overs)
Rizwan Cheema - Ont            
Henry Osinde            
Jeremy Gordon            
Junaid Sidique            
Tyrone Roberts            
Khushroo Wadia not out 50 34 3 4 147.06
Hiral Patel - Ont c Gaurav Kumar. b Rashid Masood 28 24 4 1 116.67
Ruvindu Gunesekera not out 8 14     57.14
TOTAL EXTRAS: 2 (2wd 0nb 0lb 0b) 88  
Fall Of Wicket
WICKET 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SCORE 58                  
OUT Hiral Patel - Ont                  
OVER 7.5                  
NOT OUT Khushroo Wadia                  
PARTNERSHIP 58                  
Gagan Dhillon 3 0 19 0 6.33 1wd
Jimmy Hansra -BC 1 0 11 0 11.00  
Rashid Masood 4 0 33 1 8.25 1wd
Manny Aulakh 3 0 14 0 4.67  
Awais Ahmed 1 0 11 0 11.00  
Over by Over details
1 5 0 Gagan Dhillon 1 . . 1 1wd 1 1
2 16 0 Jimmy Hansra -BC . 6 1 . 4 .
3 18 0 Gagan Dhillon . 1 1 . . .
4 22 0 Rashid Masood . . . 4 . .
5 34 0 Gagan Dhillon 4 . 1 . 1 6
6 40 0 Rashid Masood . . 1 . 1 4
7 48 0 Manny Aulakh 4 . . 2 1 1
8 59 1 Rashid Masood . . 6 4 W 1wd .
9 64 1 Manny Aulakh 1 1 2 . . 1
10 76 1 Rashid Masood . 6 1 1 4 .
11 77 1 Manny Aulakh . . . . 1 .
12 88 1 Awais Ahmed 1 . 1 1 2 6


Thu, 09/29/2011

After a long summer, the National T20 League comes to a close with the best of 3 finals between Ontario and British Columbia being played Saturday October 1st – Sunday October 2nd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario.  

BC, having qualified by winning the west regional in August in Edmonton, are led by Canadian team Captain Jimmy Hansra and u19 and senior player Manny Aulakh.  

Ontario defeated Atlantic winners Quebec in the East regional and feature 12 of their 14 man squad who have played for Canada.  

The best of three final starts on Saturday with two matches and concludes with the  3rd T20 on Sunday. The matches are slated to start at 1100a.

Full schedule

Thursday September 29th 10:30 AM Eastern 1st 50 Over
BC vs. Ontario - Ontario won by 30 runs D/L

Saturday October 1st 11:00 AM Eastern 1st T20 
Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Saturday October 1st 2:30 PM Eastern 
2nd T20 Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Sunday October 2nd, 11:00 AM Eastern
3rd T20 Ontario vs. British Columbia  

Cricket Canada has partnered with to show both of Saturday’s matches live here on  

Ontario Squad:  

Rizwan Cheema – Captain 
Hiral  Patel Vice-Captain  

Ruvindu Gunasekera , Usman Limbada, Durrand Sorraine, Jeremy Gordon,  Satsmiranjit Singh Dhindsa, Tyron Roberts, Junaid Siddiqui, Kushroo Wadia, Saad Bin Nazar, Afzal Deane, Rustam Bhatti, Henry Osinde  

Manager: Kris Sawh
Coach: Mukesh Narula      

BC Squad:  

Amabir (Jimmy) Hansra - Captain  

Jason Sandher, Awais Ahmed, Rashid Masood, Balqiaz Khan, Gagan Dhillon, Gaurav Kumar, Manny Aulaka, Sunny Gainder, Umer Nawaz, Gurpreet Grewal, Riaz Afridi, Jonathan Snow, Jawad Dawood  

Manager/Coach  : Mohammed Israfil  

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 for media requests.