Sat, 03/28/2015


Sanction policy – Tournaments and Events
Confidential – Property of Cricket Canada




















Document History




Prepared/Revised by



Cricket Canada

Ranjit Saini



Updated Guidelines

Sentill Selvamani



Updated Document Based on CC directors feedback

Sentill Selvamani



Updated to include Ranjit Saini’s updates

Sentill Selvamani







Please note that this document, version 1.1, has been approved by Cricket Canada Board of Directors. Date: 09-Feb-2015






CricketCanada, is the national organization responsible for cricket inall forms in Canada. Cricket Canada is an ICC member and has the relevant authority to administer the game in Canada.


Cricket Canada provides sanctions and the necessary and relevant approvals to agencies outside the purviewof CricketCanada thatintend tohost eventswithinCanada. ThisSanction Policy provides governance tostreamlinethe game’s characteristics, participation and to protect the governing and commercial interests of CricketCanada, the cricket boards of other countries, players as a whole,and ourrelationships with alllevels of governments.


This document serves to detail the sanction authority structure within Cricket Canada and the sanction policy of the events that fall under the jurisdiction of Cricket Canada.  The jurisdiction of events Cricket Canada is authorized to sanction is outlined in this document.   Provincial organizations and their member leagues shall have their own sanctioning criteria for the events that fall under their jurisdiction, for which Cricket Canada is not responsible. 



The following describes the scope of the events that fall within the jurisdictions of Cricket Canada, Provincial or League sanction.  This Policy covers both international and national events within its scope.


2.1.            Sanction Authority of Cricket Canada


In addition to its own events, Cricket Canada shall have the sole authority to sanction following events:


2.1(a) International Events - An event in which players and/or teams that fall under the jurisdiction of a foreign cricket board are participating. These events may require ICC Sanction as well;


2.1(b)National Events - Events in which players and/or teams from more than one province in Canada that are not official provincial teams are participating. These events may require host province sanction as well; and


2.1 (c) Interprovincial Events - Where Two (2) or more provinces agree to send the provincial representative team/ official provincial teams for participation but the tournament is not managed by the host province but rather by private organizers, Cricket Canada sanction will be required.


2.2.            Sanction Authority of Provincial Organization


In addition to its own events, a provincial organization shall have the sole authority to sanction the following Provincial events:


2.2(a) League Events -  Where the players of more than one league and  not forming an official league team and from within the same province are participating in an event that does not fall under an exclusive jurisdiction of a single league; and 


2.2(b) Interleague Events – Where official league teams participate and the event is not managed by the host province, or the League but by a private organization.


2.3.             Sanction Authority of a League


In addition to its own events, a league shall have the sole authority to sanction the following events:


2.3(a) Club Events – Where the players of more than one Club and not forming an official club team and from within the same league are participating; and


2.3(b) Interclub Events – Where official club teams participate in an event which is not hosted by the club or league but rather by a private organization.




3.1.            Requirements to apply for Sanction- The Organization seeking a sanction must be properly registered in Canada under the Companies Act as a provincial or national organization.


3.2.             Application for sanction  - meeting the above mentioned criteria the Organization seeking sanction must complete the application and submit the following information along with any request for sanction:


·         Forall organizations,a copy ofthe incorporationand listof the currentdirectors

·         Forprofitorganizations, acomplete listof the shareholders

·         Financial Statements

·         Litigation Information (past or current)

·         References

·         Disclosure statement (see 3.3 for requirements)

·         Fee for application (see 3.4 for details)


3.3.            Disclosure Statement– With any request for sanction the Organization must make full disclosure of conflicting goals or relationships and contracts being employed.  If the organization has no such disclosure to make a disclosure statement stating no conflicts and no contracts to disclose must be submitted.   All of the following disclosures are to be made with the initial application:


3.3.1.     Conflict of Interest Disclosures required:


(a)    A full disclosuremustbemade of any business relationship withany ofthe members of theboardofdirectors andstaffof Cricket Canada;


(b)   Full disclosure of potential competitionwithCricket Canada sponsorswith local, nationalor international companies, organizations orgovernments and where necessary with provincial sponsors depending on the scope of the event; and


(c)    Any other disclosures that may be requested by Cricket Canada.



3.3.2.     Contractual Disclosures required:


(a)    Playersand/orofficials who will participate inthe eventthat areunder contract, insome shapeorform with their nationalorganizations;


(b)    Thepromoters of the eventhave no contractual relationship with CricketCanada;


(c)    If thereis apotentialof any kindtoassociate the eventwith CricketCanada;  and


(d)    Thefacilities tobe used for the eventareaffiliated with CricketCanada orits membersorpartners thatmay be local, provincialof national,through contracts,permitsor impliedagreement.



3.4.            Fee for Application- All applicantsshallpayanon-refundableprocessing fee the quantum of which will be approved by Cricket Canada yearly.  The Organization applying for a sanction shall be responsible for making the necessary inquiries to obtain information of the processing fee in effect at the time of the application.  


3.5.            Review of application & Issuance of Letter of Intent


3.5.1.     Initial discussion - Once a completed application is received by the Cricket Canada board, the promoter or like person or organization,will be given the opportunity to discussthe general scope andintentofthe eventwithofficials of Cricket Canada, primarily theExecutive Committee members or the ChiefExecutive Officer.


3.5.2.     Conditional letter of intent – Based on this initialdiscussion,Cricket Canada,through the President, theChief ExecutiveOfficer or any other designated official will signal itsconditionalletter of intent(“LOI”) toprovideasanction for the event.


The letter of intent does not guarantee sanction but will state what further details the promoter or organization are required to fulfill and provide to Cricket Canada.  The letter of intent may request the organization to provide any or all of the following but not limited to; purpose,players,sponsors,facilities,costs, insurances, performance bond, criminal background clearances, other partners and any other requirements as listed in the LOI.


3.6.            Request to issue sanction Certificate– once the required documents have been gathered as per the LOI, the promoter, or like person of the organization must officially request a sanction from Cricket Canada in writing by outlining in detail every aspect of the event in fulfillment of the LOI.   Cricket Canada will respond in writing through its designated officer, any further requirements of the sanction to be provided or confirmation of the sanction by issuing a letter certificate.





4.1.            Thesanction willbe intheform of a letter or a certificate signed by thePresidentof CricketCanada and the General Secretary and a copy of the board resolution authorizing the sanction shall be attached.


4.2.            Further,the form of payment of thesanction will generally be amonetary paymentto CricketCanada, depending on the scope of the event.


The quantum of the monetaryrequirement will be subject to change on a yearly basis as per the approval of Cricket Canada. The Organization or like persons of the event will be responsible for making the necessary inquiries from the board to understand the monetary obligations.

Cricket Canada in its sole discretion may require certain security deposits to be made upfront. 


IfCricket Canada is involved withthe eventas apartner, the monetaryrequirementwill benegotiated with the eventpromoter or its designee.


4.3.            As part of the Sanction a contract will be created with the appropriate royalty and revenue sharing details.

4.4.            AnymonetaryrequirementappliedbyCricket Canada is dueandpayableby certified chequeormoney order, within thirty (30) daysafter the sanction is approved,and /or thirty(90)daysbefore the event, ora date prescribed by mutualagreement.





5.1.            Cricket Canada may perform its own Criminal back ground checks if deemed necessary. Cricket Canada expects the organization to provide information to support the background check process. The organization shall supply an undertaking and supporting documentation to the effect that its directors and key officers do not have any criminal background.


5.2.            Proofof liability andhealth insurance coverage shall be providedto CricketCanada at least60daysprior tothe startofthe event.  The amount required for such coverage will be detailed in the LOI.


5.3.            The conduct of the game and appointment of the event officials (umpires and scorers) shall be the sole responsibility of the organization that has sanctioned the event, for which adequate cost shall be paid by the event organizers in advance.


5.4.            CricketCanada partnersshall have the first rightof refusal for sponsorship and/orpartnering inthe venture and a list of such partners will be provided to the Organization requesting sanction with the LOI.


5.5.            Theorganization  shall notengage anysponsor inthe business/industry sectorthatareclosed duetothe International Cricket Council (ICC) or Cricket Canada (CC) privileges andrules or existing arrangements.  Cricket Canada will province a list of such closed sponsors to the Organization along with the LOI.


5.6.            Currentor previoussponsors of CricketCanada shall notbeapproachedfor sponsorship oranyother form ofpartnership withoutthe expressedwritten consentfrom Cricket Canada.


5.7.            The Organization  can only engage Cricket Canada approved organizations. No unofficial partners, associations, organizations, may participate in the event unless approved by Cricket Canada.


5.8.            Wherea facility is under/was in use byanaffiliate of Cricket Canada suchas a province, aleagueor aclub,the mereobtainingof permitsthrough municipalityor other rental agreementdoesnotconstituteproper facility arrangements. A no objection certificate (NOC) shall alsobeobtained fromthe previous user and attached withthe application.


5.9.            Additional sanctions and/or no objection certificates may be required from provincial organizations, rights holders, and other previously sanctioned events where a potential conflict may be present. 


5.10.        Cricket Canada does not sanction or approve privately owned infrastructure as part of the event sanction policy. Such approvals are subject to municipal and other government’s acceptance and inspections of the grounds by Cricket Canada and/or ICC.





CricketCanada retains the rightandprivilegetoprovideorrevoke anysanction providedto anyorganizationor personby showingjustcause forsuch action, despite any issued LOI.Theorganization shall indemnifyCricket Canada from anyconsequences of lossesor other liabilityfrom theoperationsoractionsof the event.   Cricket Canada at the time or revocation or denial may in its sole authority provide the organization an opportunity to re-apply or amend the application for sanction, with or without additional costs.  Just causes for Cricket Canada to revoke sanction or deny sanction after issuance of LOI regardless of fulfillment of requirements, include but are not limited to any of the following:


6.1.            Any changes to the event plan after issuance of the LOI which have not been approved by Cricket Canada;


6.2.            Any substantial changes to the event plan after the Sanction has been granted which have not first been approved in writing by Cricket Canada;


6.3.            If any disclosure required by this Clause 3.3 of this policy or of any substantial changes are not properly made in writing to Cricket Canada at the earliest possibility by the Organizers, sanction may be revoked or denied;


6.4.            If any organization or promoters of the sanctioned event participate in any sort of misrepresentation at any stage, including but not limited to false advertising of sponsors, attendees, prizes etc.;


6.5.            If the LOI is used inappropriately, which includes but is not limited to any promotion of the event to entice ticket sales by guaranteeing that the LOI is equivalent to an approved sanction;


6.6.            If any promoter, organization or like person representing the organization carries on any form of illegal, fraudulent activity whether related to the event or not, or is charged or convicted of a criminal offence for which clearance has not been obtained in writing through disclosure to Cricket Canada;  


6.7.            If proof of liability and health insurance coverage is not provided to Cricket Canada at least 60 days prior to the start of the event;


6.8.            If payment as required for the sanction is not made as contemplated by the parties or the timelines within this Policy;


6.9.            Any changes to the approved format, dates and venue shall require a new sanction and a processing fee may be applied by Cricket Canada on its sole discretion;


6.10.        Engaging any sponsor in the event that is closed due to ICC or CC arrangements, privileges and rules;


6.11.        Engaging any other sponsors, participants and organizations not approved by Cricket Canada;


6.12.        Despite meeting Cricket Canada requirements as per the LOI, any event not passing the sanction authorization process of host provinces, and not rectified by Supremacy of rules or dispute resolution will result in sanction being revoked; or


6.13.        The Organization and/ or the promoters of the event engage in any acts that adversely affect the reputation and business of Cricket Canada.





7.1.            In case there is a conflict or omission of any ICC rules and regulations, current rules and regulations shall prevail, with ICC rules being Supreme to all sanctioning authorities.


7.2.            Where League rules or provincial rules conflict, Cricket Canada will have decision making authority to extent required to rectify the conflict.  If Cricket Canada rules and regulations conflict with ICC rules and regulations, Cricket Canada will follow the current ICC rules.


7.3.             It is the duty of the event organizers to comply with such requirements and cover any costs that are associated with the compliance.


7.4.            In the case where ICC rules change and have the implication that the sanction granted by Cricket Canada cannot be amended to comply, or the Organization cannot meet the necessary requirements to comply, the sanction shall be denied and the Organization shall save harmless Cricket Canada together with its officers and directors from and against all claims, charges or demands which may be made against them. 





CricketCanada commitsto anyorganizationandperson willingto hostcricket events,ofitssincereintentto cooperate inall forms,tomeetthe obligationsthatCricketCanada have, inthedevelopmentofthe sportin Canada.





9.1.            Nothing in this Policy shall constitute or be construed to create a partnership other than authorized between Cricket Canada and the requesting organization to the extent required to give effect to any granted sanction. 


9.2.            Regardless of any mention in this policy of the authority to sanction by the ICC, Provincial organization or league, the Cricket Canada shall not be liable for any rules and regulations made by such authorities and any actions, claims or liabilities arising from acts or omissions of these separate authorities. 



9.3.            Cricket Canada is not liable for any rules and regulations of any other sanction authority, including but not limited to ICC, Provincial Organization, Leagues or Clubs.


9.4.            If the organization fails to observe, perform or fulfill any terms, conditions, undertakings, as represented in order to obtain the sanction, carry out the sanctioned event, the organization is solely responsible for any and all claims, actions or liabilities arising out of such acts or omissions.   



Any dispute in relation to an authorized sanction, LOI, revoked sanctions, requirements of a sanction and/or interpretation rights, privileges, liabilities, rules and regulations within the jurisdiction of Cricket Canada must first be presented in writing to Cricket Canada and thereafter follow the dispute process herein:


10.1.        Negotiation– Cricket Canada and any other party to the dispute will within (14) days of service arrange a time to either orally or in writing discuss the dispute and possible solutions by negotiations through the involved parties.


10.2.        Mediation/Arbitration– If a dispute cannot be resolved by negotiations between the parties within (30 days) of the written notice of the dispute by way of negotiations, the dispute maybedetermined throughtheparties entering adispute resolution process,such as mediationor arbitration. Costs to proceed will be shared equally by the parties, with the final awarding of costs being left to the mediator or arbitrator to determine the quantum of costs that the unsuccessful party should pay the other.


10.3.        Litigation– Ifthe dispute resolution process fails, thepartiescan applyfordueprocess throughthejurisdictionofthe laws ofOntario.



If for any reason, any provision of this Policy is held invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then such a provision will be interpreted to the extent required to render the same valid, enforceable  and consistent with the original intent underlying such a provision.  Any such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect any other provision of this policy and the rest of this policy will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law of Canada.

Sat, 03/28/2015



At the 2013 AGM in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Board of Directors approved new By-Laws and constitution to be submitted to Industry Canada to meet the new criteria for not-for-profits.  The By-Laws were approved by Industry Canada on June 24th, 2013.


a)     Current Directors:


a)     President

b)    Vice-President

c)     Secretary

d)    Treasurer

e)     Three (3) Directors-at-Large


Eligibility of Directors

b)    Eligibility– Any individual, who is eighteen (18) years of age or older, who is a resident of Canada as defined in the Income Tax Act, who has the power under law to contract, who has not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country, and who does not have the status of bankrupt, may be nominated for election or appointment as a Director. 


c)     Nomination– Any nomination of an individual for election as a Director will:

a)     Include the written consent of the nominee by signed or electronic signature;

b)    Indication of position nominated for

c)     Be submitted to the Head Office of the Corporation five (5) (April 13, 2015) days prior to the Annual Meeting. This timeline may be extended by Ordinary Resolution of the Board.


d)    Nominations from the Floor– Nominations will not be accepted from the floor.


e)     Circulation of Nominations- Valid nominations will be circulated to voting Members at the Annual Meeting prior to the elections.


f)      Election for 2 years term


1.     The Vice-President

2.     Treasurer, and

3.     Two (2) Directors at Large



Nominations should be submitted to the General Manager of Cricket Canada, Ingleton Liburd .  If you have any questions or comments, please contact him directly at 416-426-7209 or via the email address below.



Zafar Khan, General Secretary   


Wed, 03/11/2015

Turf Wicket Maintenance Staffs


On behalf of local cricket organisations, Cricket Canada wishes to search, engage and where necessary train personnel to maintain turf wickets in Abbotsford (BC) and Edmonton (AB). These are part time positions and involve following responsibilities:

1.       Annual maintenance at the end of the season i.e. level and re-seed as required.

2.       Prepare pitches as required per match schedules provided by the leagues.

3.       Provide in-season repair as may be required due to damage.

4.       Maintain and provide necessary irrigation as required.

5.       Communicate and interact with cricket as well as municipal authorities.

The ideal candidate:

1.       The ideal candidates have strong and demonstrated interest in cricket

2.       Have previous experience in turf wicket maintenance or other similar position and are willing to learn and adapt to flexible hours.

3.       A seasonal part time position is ideal for them and are looking for such position to supplement their income

4.       Are able to handle with care, safety and expertise heavy equipment such as rollers etc.

5.       Have reliable mode of transport to come to the facility


All those who are interested, please forward your enquiries to Ingleton Liburd at Please respond before 20th March 2015. 

Fri, 02/06/2015

Four young players from Canada have been selected to trial at each of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchises in June. Four Canadian cricketers, Nitish Kumar, Nikhil Dutta, Satsimranjit Dhindsa and Farhan Malik who will all be keen to make an impression in the Caribbean later this year.

The ICC Americas player will be allocated to one of the six CPL franchises, along with four West Indies Under-19 cricketers for each franchise, for a pre-tournament training camp. One rookie contract per franchise will then be offered from amongst these five possible candidates. All the players have been selected based on performances for their National teams, as well as performances during talent development initiatives conducted by the ICC Americas Regional Development programme. In particular, this included a dedicated camp in Barbados in December 2014.

Nikhil Dutta, a 20 year-old Toronto based off-spinning all-rounder, was thankful for the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to working hard over the next 5 months to make the most out of this opportunity. It should be a great learning experience for us and hopefully we can impress enough to earn a contract,” said Dutta.

Whilst the players are currently spread between Calgary, Toronto and the UK for study, they will each follow training programmes and also come together for additional training commitments prior to the camps. They will be involved in the CPL franchise training camps from June 13th to 18th, with the 2015 CPL scheduled to run from June 21st – July 26th.

Player Name Country Type Age
Nitish kumar Canada RHB / RAOS 20
Nikhil Dutta Canada RHB / RAOS 20
Farhan Malik Canada RHB / LAOS 19
Satsimranjit Dhindsa Canada RHB / RAFM 23


Thu, 01/22/2015

All teams have an off day on Thursday before the final day of the group stage on Friday in Windhoek. Nepal and Namibia both control their own destiny for promotion while Kenya and Uganda currently sit in the relegation zone and no longer have any chance at moving up. A win for Nepal over Kenya and the same for Namibia against Canada would clinch a berth for both teams into the 2015-2017 ICC Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship. Nepal can still clinch a spot in the top two even with a loss to Kenya if Namibia beats Canada and Uganda beats Netherlands. To move into the top two, Canada would not only need to beat Namibia but also would have to erase a 1.196 net run rate deficit with their opponent. Canada also trail Nepal by 0.857 on net run rate so a win coupled with a Nepal loss to Kenya and a more manageable overhaul of their deficit with Nepal could see Canada finish in the top two. Netherlands has a bigger net run rate deficit than Canada to make up on both Nepal and Namibia at 1.250 and 0.911 respectively. However, they face the weakest opponent in the tournament for their last match, Uganda, and have an outside chance of erasing that deficit but would need one of Nepal or Namibia to lose and then leapfrog that losing team plus Canada on net run rate to finish in the top two.

Thu, 01/22/2015

ICC World Cricket League - Division 2 ( Point Table)

Date - January 22 / 2015

Team Match Won Lost Tied N/R Points Net RR For Against
Namibia 4 3 1 0 0 6 +1.053 839/185.4 651/187.5
Nepal 4 3 1 0 0 6 +0.714 564/160.3 560/200.0
Canada 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.143 848/200.0 759/173.1
Netherlands 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.197 752/180.5 869/199.3
Kenya 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.622 744/183.1 797/170.1
Uganda 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.987 645/200.0 756/179.3


Wed, 01/21/2015

Nitish Kumar notched the tournament's first century in a 111-run win for Canada over Uganda. The first List A century for the 20-year-old came off 106 balls with 10 fours and a six and eclipsed his previous List A best of 67. Kumar was part of two half-century stands with Rizwan Cheema (36) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (30) to give Canada a strong platform after winning the toss and batting. Captain Jimmy Hansra provided a late flourish with 63 not out off 54 balls to boost Canada up to an easily defendable 293 for 6. Seamer Cecil Pervez ripped through the Uganda top order with three wickets in the first nine overs before Phillimon Selowa countered back with a half-century. Offspinner Nikhil Dutta finally ended Selowa's stay for 70 and burrowed through the rest of the Uganda middle order to finish with 4 for 52. Pervez came back late for one more wicket to finish with 4 for 23 and left-arm spinner Parth Desai finished off the tail as Uganda subsided for 182 in 42 overs.

Tue, 01/20/2015

A five-wicket haul from fast bowler KC Karan, followed by Paras Khadka's maiden fifty in List-A cricket, helped Nepal thrash Canada by seven wickets in Windhoek. Karan, playing in only his third ever competitive match, fetched returns of 10-2-26-5, as he wrecked Canada's top and middle order. A few Canada batsmen made starts, but the team failed to string together even a single meaningful stand, as they duly folded for 114 in 49.2 overs. Apart from Karan, Sompal Kami chipped in with 2 for 28, while Khadka, Shakti Gauchan and Sagar Pun snared a wicket each. Nepal began the chase shakily, losing their openers Naresh Budayair and Subash Khakurel off successive balls in the second over with the team yet to get off the mark. However, Gyanendra Malla and Khadka steered Nepal home with a partnership worth 114 runs for the third wicket. Khadka was the more aggressive foil in that stand, muscling 11 fours and three sixes to make his way to 77, but he was dismissed towards the end of the chase. Malla, though, remained unbeaten on 32, as Nepal gunned down the target with almost 27 overs to spare.

Sun, 01/18/2015

Aggressive half-centuries by Navneet Dhaliwal and Rizwan Cheema were instrumental in Canada posting a strong total in their second WCL Division Two match, before Parth Desai picked up four wickets to help the team beat Kenya comfortably. Cheema kick-started the Canada innings with a couple of boundaries in the fifth over, before accelerating even more, with two sixes in the sixth over. While his partner Nitish Kumar was content with playing out dots, Cheema went on to complete his half-century in the ninth over, off only 27 balls. He was soon dismissed for 57, but the initial tempo helped Canada play patiently during the middle overs. Then Dhaliwal provided the late spurt, hitting six four and four sixes in his 109-ball stay. He was dismissed in the last over of the innings, seven short of his century. Kenya's chase of 258 was off to a poor start as they lost their openers within six overs. Collins Obuya and Irfan Karim added 95 runs for the third wicket to revive the team's chances, but as the required rate shot up, Kenya could not prevent regular fall of wickets. Their lower middle order crumbled against Desai and the team was bowled out for 211 in the 48th over.

Tue, 01/13/2015

Namibia’s Nicolaas Scholtz: “We as the Namibia National Cricket Team are really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and make our country and supporters proud” Canada’s Jimmy Hansra: “We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa” Nepal’s Paras Khadka: “If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours” Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 will see six Associate teams locking horns in Namibia and Jimmy Hansra of Canada, Nicolaas Scholtz of Namibia, and Paras Khadka of Nepal, say their teams are prepared for a tough battle. During the eight-day tournament that commences on 17 January, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands and Uganda will compete for the opportunity to progress to ICC’s four-day Intercontinental Cup and the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. Canada skipper Jimmy Hansra is looking forward to play in an ICC tournament again: “It will be one year since Canada last participated in an ICC tournament. The team has worked hard over the last year and are looking forward to playing in this important tournament.” There are some youthful additions to Canada’s squad with Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dutta, who both represented Canada at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in UAE at the beginning of 2014, both being called up. Hansra who led the team at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014 in New Zealand, said: “We have played against many, if not all of the teams that are participating in ICC WCL Div. 2, and know what to expect from them. We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa. We have to stick to our strengths and execute our plans, and I have no doubt in the overall ability of this group to do well in this tournament.” Newly-promoted Nepal will be led by veteran skipper Paras Khadka, who said: “Everyone is working hard and we are very keen to play our very best and win the tournament. If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours. It’s a major tournament and everyone is really keen to perform and climb up the divisional ladder.” Nepal has had a big year of international cricket, competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014, and competing on the world stage at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where it beat Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Nepal also won the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Malaysia in October 2014. “This year we played in our first ICC World Twenty20, performed well in the event and once again won ICC WCL Div. 3. Back home, cricket has grown ten folds and has reached another height. We must continue this momentum; our focus is to get into the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup,” said Khadka. Hosts Namibia will be captained by Nicolaas Scholtz who is excited to be playing on home soil: “Namibia is really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and we’re aiming make our country and supporters proud. We are looking forward to some hard competitive cricket and perform in the right spirit and to the maximum of our abilities. “I think we will have a very good chance to win the tournament. We have a really good team, full of energy, with a good mix of experience and youngsters. The team are well-prepared for the tournament and everyone is ready and itching to get going,” said Scholtz. The opening day of the tournament will see Namibia take on Kenya at Wanderers, Netherlands lock horns with Canada at United, and Uganda face Nepal at Wanderers Affies.