Fri, 07/01/2011

Canada turns 144 today and Canada's oldest sport has much on the go as Cricket Canada presents two major events this weekend.

In Calgary, four teams headline the field at the annual John Ross Robertson Competition. The tournament which features the top clubs from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in a two day knock our competition.

Also in Calgary, Women's cricket takes centre stage as British Columbia visits Alberta for an interprovincial clash between the provinces.

Wed, 06/29/2011

The ICC's decision to slash minnows' representation at the next two World Twenty20 tournaments has sparked outrage among Associate and Affiliate nations, who - after a heated and emotional meeting on Wednesday - have decided to lodge a formal protest at Thursday's full council. The logic of the ICC's decision is further undermined by the fact that the qualification process for the World Twenty20 is already underway - but will now be for just two spots instead of six.

The ICC has given an indication that cost and overall structure were key factors in making this decision.

Tue, 06/28/2011

The International Cricket Council has reversed its decision to exclude associates from the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The format and timing of the qualification tournament is still to be decided but it is expected that it will follow the format used in 2009 where Canada finished second in South Africa. The decision ensures that Canada will have a chance to qualify for what would be their fifth cricket world cup and fourth in succession. Canada previously played in 1979, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

The ICC has also decided to return the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2014 to the format used in 2010 which includes 12 teams of which 2 will be associates.

Mon, 06/27/2011

The ICC Intercontinental Cup match due to start between Ireland and Namibia in Belfast tomorrow will not go ahead as planned.

Cricket Namibia failed to arrive in time to play the match citing difficulties in securing UK travel visas for its squad members. It is still hoped that the two 50-over international matches will go ahead as planned provided the Namibia team arrives in time for those fixtures.

As previously stated, while the ICC offers assistance where it can, it is the responsibility of each team's home board to arrange its own visas in advance of any tour.

Following due consideration and consultation, the ICC has given the two participating home boards the opportunity to propose an amicable agreement as to how best to deal with the I Cup fixture and any other relevant matters.

Mon, 06/27/2011

The Decision Review System may have grabbed all attention in the first half of the ICC's annual conference in Hong Kong, but June 28 will belong to the little guys: the ICC's Executive Board will revisit its widely condemned decision to shut the doors for the 2015 World Cup on the Associate nations. On Monday, the Chief Executives' Committee recommended to the Board a qualification tournament for 2015, without specifying the number of slots open to the Associates.

Sun, 06/26/2011

The CIMA Mayor's XI Tournament concluded on Saturday as large crowds turned out at Sunnybrooke Park to watch the event.

Cricket Canada honoured the City of Toronto and thanked Mayor Rob Ford for the City's unwavering support for the game and contributions to cricket in Canada.

Fri, 06/24/2011

City councillors Adam Vaughan and Doug Ford put their political differences aside to host a city hall event Friday for the 12 youth chosen to represent Toronto in the fourth annual Cricket Across the Pond program.

"This is a program about building leadership in our communities and using cricket as a vehicle to do just that," said Mr. Vaughan, calling cricket one of the great character-building sports.

Cricket Canada will participate in Saturday's event.

Thu, 06/23/2011

The Cricket Council of Ontario would like to share the following exciting development with the Cricket Fraternity of Ontario.

We will be hosting an U-13 team from the California Cricket Academy who will play 5 games against U-13 Teams in the Toronto area, including a CCO Select U-13 Team. They are expected to play one 20/20 and four 40-over games.

The 13 boys from the CCA team will be accompanied by their Coach, Mr.Sukalpa Biswas and a Team Manager Dr. Srikantan Nagarajan, as well as some relatives. They are expected to arrive in Toronto June 24 and remain until June 30.

The Cricket Council of Ontario?s President, Mr. Leslie Soobrian and his Executive are extremely enthused about the coming tour, and have declared that ?It presents an opportunity to forge cross-border and coast-to-coast links at the earliest competitive levels of the sport.?

Further information can be found on the CCO website as well as in the following link.

Wed, 06/22/2011

Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema have inked new deals with Cricket Canada. Two of the biggest hitters in Canada's batting line-up Cheema and Patel are the first two players to sign central contracts for the 2011 season.

Long known as one of Canada's big bats, Cheema has solidified himself as an allrounder picking up 25 wickets in 27 ODI's to go with 599 ODI runs at a healthy strike rate of 117.25.

Patel, one of Canada's dazzling young stars, rose to world wide fame when he pelted Australia for a stunning half century at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. This included the shot of the tournament of Australia's Brett Lee.

Cricket Canada will announce more central contracts as agreements with the players are confirmed.

Wed, 06/22/2011

The annual CIMA Mayor's trophy concludes on Saturday at Sunnybrooke Park in Toronto. The Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford will be joined by federal finance minister Jim Flaherty and MPP Christine Elliot at the annual event.

Cricket Canada will be well represented as members of the TDCA Ladies league will play in a match showcasing women's cricket.