Thu, 06/09/2011

Cricket Canada is seeking a High Performance Manager to develop and manage the High Performance Program, Development and Junior Coaching

Reporting to the Chair of the High Performance Committee, the High Performance Manager will be responsible for the following:

Provide Overall Direction for the Cricket Canada High Performance Program
Interface with the International Cricket Council HPM on High Performance Issues
Work with the Chairman of High Performance Committee and National Head Coach to set budget for High Performance Program
Provide Strategic Direction for National HP Program
Liaise with Provincial HP managers and assist in developing and implementing national HP Program
Monitor international high performance trends
Supervise National High Performance Team

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

In-depth knowledge of the game of cricket, both internationally and specific to Canada
Certified Level 2 Coach from a Full Member of the ICC
Knowledge regarding the governance of cricket
Strong computer and financial control skills
Strong team player
Strong organizational and administrative skills
This position requires the applicant to work full time. The position also requires the applicant to travel as a representative of Cricket Canada.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to cricketcanada@gmail.com

The closing date for this competition is Friday June 24, 2011.

Cricket Canada is the national governing body for cricket in Canada and is dedicated to fostering the growth and development of cricket throughout Canada. For further information on Cricket Canada and its initiatives, please review our website www.gocricketgocanada.com 
 

Wed, 06/08/2011

Defending Intercontinental Cup champion's Afghanistan will visit Canada August 2-5 in the opening match for both teams in the 2011-2013 Intercontinental Cup. Following the match, Afghanistan and Canada will compete in two One Day International Matches and 2 T20 International's. 

After shocking many and qualifying for the 2009-2010 tournament, Afghanistan raced to the top of the table and defeated Scotland in the final match to win the title. Canada, a two time finalist, in contrast struggled in the previous edition of the tournament. Being in winning positions in early matches they were unable to hammer home the advantage, and finished last in the table. The match against Afghanistan in 2010 will be remembered for one of the great chases in the history of First Class Cricket as Afghanistan chased 474 to beat Canada by 6 wickets. 

Canada and Afghanistan have also played some classic limited over matches with Afghanistan holding a 2-1 margin in ODI's and a 3-2 margin overall. Many of the matches have been tightly contested thrillers and fans of both countries can expect more of the same this summer in Toronto. 

Cricket Canada is finalizing venue schedules for the matches and will announce them shortly. The match schedule will be as follows : 

August 2nd - August 5th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan ICC Intercontinental Cup (4-Day Match) 
August 8th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 1st One Day International 
August 9th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 2nd One Day International 
August 11, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 1st T20 
August 12, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 2nd T20

The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council as part of its cricket development programme. It is designed to allow Associate Members of the ICC the chance to play first-class cricket matches against teams of similar skill in a competition environment and prepare them for eventual promotion to Test cricket status.The winners of the four-day tournament will receive $100,000 with $40,000 for second place from a total prize fund of $254,000. Ireland are the most successful side in the tournament's history having secured a hat-trick of titles from 2005 to 2007-08.

Sun, 05/29/2011

Ashish Bagai has stepped down as Captain of Canada's Senior Men's team. 

In what was considered a major coup for Cricket Canada in 2009, Bagai left a career as a banker in London, England to take over Canada's captaincy. His presence behind the stumps and in the middle order led to the teams turn around on the field and ultimately pushed the team into the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Bagai was Canada's best batsmen since his return in 2009 and it was at the 2011 Cricket World Cup where he really shone. Earning sharp praise for his presence behind the stumps, Bagai was one of the most watched faces in the tournament staring both on and off the field. 

In a letter to Cricket Canada's board, Bagai said "After a long thought-out evaluation and careful consideration, I have decided to step down as Captain of the Canadian National Cricket Team. It has been an honour to Captain my country in the sport I love and I thank everyone in this organization who helped and supported me throughout my term including administrators, coaches, managers and most of all, the players. I undertook each task over the last two years with the primary objective of moving not just the team but the entire organization forward. I have always had a passion for Canadian cricket and did what I thought would benefit the team and organization in my opinion. 

It has been a great learning experience for me and I wish the next Captain all the best in leading the team forward." 

Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini thanked Bagai for his contributions. 

"Cricket Canada thanks Ashish for his outstanding contribution to Canadian cricket at a time when circumstances were difficult and challenging. I wish him well for a bright and prosperous future and look forward to his continued contribution as a player and strong supporter of Canadian cricket." 

Though returning to his private life, Bagai has informed Cricket Canada of his desire to remain part of the set-up and will make himself available for selection. 

 

Tue, 05/17/2011

Canada has drawn defending champions Afghanistan in the opening round of the 2011-2013 Intercontinental Cup. The International Cricket Council's first class tournament will feature 8 teams and run over 3 years as opposed to the previous editions which ran over two years.

Joining Canada in the tournament are Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland, Namibia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and the Netherlands. Canada has not won any of the previous five tournaments but were finalists in 2004 and 2007.

Accompanying this tournament will be a 50 over tournament that creates an international 50 over league. The matches are slated to have full One Day International status however some items are still being reviewed with respect to Namibia and UAE who do not have ODI status. 

The countries are in the process of negotiating match schedules for this associates Future Tours Program and matches will be announced in due course. Afghanistan (June/July 2011), UAE (July/August 2013), and The Netherlands (September 2013) are Canada's home matches in the tournament. Canada will visit Ireland (September 2012), Namibia (March/April 2012), Scotland (June/July 2012), and Kenya (March/April 2013) over the next 3 years. 

The announcement ends speculation about the future of the tournament and gives schedule certainty to the ICC's top Associate member countries for the next several years.

The ICC will make a decision about Canada and other Associates participation in the 2015 World Cup at their annual conference

Sun, 05/15/2011

Cricket Canada completed a successful AGM this past weekend in Montreal. President Ranjit Saini greeted the delegates of the Board of Directors who have assembled early to attend a strategic planning meeting on Friday night. The Board of Directors also passed Cricket Canada's new strategic plan as well as made progress on a new policy and passed other new exciting proposals that will be announced shortly. 

Live Coverage of the AGM was on Facebook and Twitter. 

Cricket Canada Elections Results 

Acclaimed in their positions :

First Vice President - Ravin Moorthy 
Third Vice President - Cliff Cox 
Treasurer - Charles Pais 
Senior Coordinator - Philip Navaratne 
Junior Coordinator - Wijay Senathirajah 
Chairman of Senior Selectors - Chris James 
Chairman of Junior Selectors - Ron Dipchand 
Senior Selectors - Angus Melder, Keith Deonaraine, Ranjit Chaudri, Decourcey Bishop 
Junior Selectors - Jack Kyle, Adnan Kirmani, Wilbert Plummer, Ashish Patel 
Women's Coordinator - Shelly Boardman 

Elected :

Umpires Coordinator - Kantilal Patel
Scorer's Coordinator - Yogesh Shah 

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Wed, 03/23/2011

World Cup Performance

Canada viewed this World Cup as a major turning point in their cricketing journey. Self reliance appeared to be a mirage until this tournament, but according to board president Ranjit Sahni, sponsors are beginning to show up at their door. Plans are afoot to launch a five-team competition along the lines of the IPL in Canada, with the involvement of foreign players. They are striving to go beyond the handouts they get from the ICC and script their own destiny. Much depended on their young team stringing together a few good performances in this tournament and they have done that.

They gave a real scare to England in the warm-up game but were pinned down near the line by Stuart Broad. Realistically, their goal was to beat Kenya, the other Associate team in their group, and maybe also beat Zimbabwe. They achieved a five-wicket win over Kenya but were thumped by Zimbabwe. Where they really sparkled, albeit in phases, was against some of the Full Members. Apart from that warm-up encounter against England, they bowled out Pakistan for 184 and reached 104 for 3 before collapsing for 138. Against Australia, they raced to 82 for 1 in just 11 overs, courtesy of a dazzling knock from Hiral Patel, and reached 150 for 2 in the 29th over before the inevitable collapse.

Highs

A win is priceless and so the defeat of Kenya stands out. To make the Australian captain lose his rag – a frustrated Ricky Ponting threw down the ball in anger, ostensibly due to a team-mate, but Canada’s blitz would have contributed to his overall sombre mood – was another mini-highlight. But the two performances against Pakistan and England will be treasured. They came close to beating both and if not for Broad and the wily Shahid Afridi, they might even have done it.

Thu, 03/10/2011

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Tue, 03/01/2011

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Hosts Nova Scotia took the honours on the first day of the Atlantic T20 tournament defeating Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island in convincing fashion to top the table at 2-0. Newfoundland got by Prince Edward Island to finish the day 1-1 while PEI will search for their first win on Saturday against New Brunswick. Quebec and New Brunswick join the action on Saturday as the tournament continues through the weekend.

Cricket Canada is pleased to release copies of its 2010 Audited Financial Statements. The statement was approved by the Board of Directors at the May Annual General Meeting as was prepared by Cricket Canada's Auditors Arun Luthra Corporation.

2010 saw a decrease in revenue for Cricket Canada as ICC Funding related to tournaments dropped against 2009 numbers due to the hosting of the 2009 u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier (approximately $490,000). This was reflected in the expenditures as well.

Overall much of the 2010 expenditure was focused on preparing the senior men's team for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Cricket Canada also hosted the senior men's national championships, the Cricket Canada Summer Festival as well as the ODI and ICUP series against Ireland.

 

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