Wed, 08/03/2011

Canada slugged out a dramatic 3 wicket victory over Nepal in the 5th round of the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.
At Bready Cricket Club, Nepal was bowled out by Canada for 106 in 42.5 overs with only wicketkeeper Pradeep Airee making 22. But Nepal’s bowlers made Canada earn every run in the chase as wickets at regular intervals. Kyle Edghill made an unbeaten 52 off 133 balls with three boundaries to guide Canada home with 10 balls to spare.
Edghill’s effort earned him the Man of the Match award. Edghill praised Nepal’s bowlers for making things difficult in the chase: “I had to take my time to steady the innings. All the credit to the Nepal bowlers for keeping it tight. We had to work hard to get those runs. My plan was to just stay there and bat as long as possible without losing concentration. This win does a lot to boost the morale of the side and we can now take it to the next game as well.’’
Keasavan Juvarajan and Trevor Manoosingh took 3 wickets each contributing to Canada's cause.


Tue, 08/02/2011

A spirited day where Canada took all 10 Afghan wickets came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as Canada's top order capitulated losing 4 wickets for 21 runs in 12 overs to leave Canada teetering at 21-4

Earlier in the day, Canada won the toss and elected to bowl on the green top. Zahid Hussain (3-56) was the pick of the bowlers but Chohan, Osinde and Baidwan picked up two each to bowl the Afghani's out.

Canada have a big job ahead on Wednesday to get back into the game.



Mon, 08/01/2011

Canada lost another heartbreaker at the 2011 u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier dropping Canada to 2-2 in the tournament.
Despite a century from Nikhil Dutta (116), Canada were unable to hold off Namibia despite a late fightback from the bowlers. Manny Aulakh (2-22) was the pick of Canada's bowlers.

Canada takes on first place Nepal on Wednesday

Mon, 08/01/2011

Reigning ICC Intercontinental Cup champions Afghanistan takes on hosts Canada in the third match of the new season starting tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August 2011) in Toronto. 
Afghanistan won the final of the competition last year after beating Scotland and the side will be hoping for a strong performance away from home to begin the competition on the right foot and walk away with full points.                                         

Having never won the tournament, Canada will want to make sure it starts positively and begin this year’s season with a victory on home soil.
Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who was the leading wicket-taker in the last tournament with 43 scalps, is confident ahead of the team’s first four-day fixture of the season.
“We’ve played some domestic three-day games in Pakistan and also in Sri Lanka ahead of this first fixture and we’ve been very focused so I hope we take what we’ve learnt with us to Canada for our first match of this competition.
“When we first started playing four-day cricket it took us time to embrace it but now we enjoy it a lot, especially in the last tournament, so hopefully we can enjoy it again this time.
“I’ve never been Canada but we’ve been told the weather will be good and hopefully the wickets will seam around so I’m able to be effective with the ball,” concluded Hamid.
Meanwhile, Canada’s side features some young blood, joining the old guard, with new captain Jimmy Hansra at the helm, who has taken over from fellow squad member Ashish Bagai, who recently relinquished the captaincy that he had held for two years. 
The team features a number of young players, including Hiral Patel, while newly appointed skipper Hansra is confident his side can do well: “We’re a fairly young team and we’re going to be taking what we learnt at the 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup and try to translate that into the four-day competition we’re about to start playing.
“It’s good that we’ve got a three year window for this tournament and it’s good for us to start against the current champions, Afghanistan.
“It’s nice to have a stronger team upfront as it will help us know where we stand and it should help us to prepare for the tournament and the youngsters are ready to go and we’re ready to put up a good show.
“Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera are two good youngsters coming in from our domestic cricket, who also featured at the World Cup, and we’ve good bowlers who will need to help us for this tournament.
“Afghanistan is an experienced side whereas we’re young and we’re trying to bring the passion for Canada and cricket together for this tournament but I feel with a three-year window to play these fixtures we will continue to improve no matter what happens with this first game,” added Hansra.

Sun, 07/31/2011

Canada has defeated Vanuatu in convincing fashion to move to 2-1 at the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.  

Vanuatu batted first and could not muster much resistance to the Canadian bowling as Manny Aulakh (3-11) led the way for Canada’s bowler.  Captain Keasavan Juvarajan (3-49), Rayyan Pathan (1-21), Nitish Kumar (1-34), and Nikhil Dutta (1-16), chipped in with wickets as only 3 Vanuatu batsmen reached double figures. Vanuatu’s total was helped by 35 extras bowled by the Canadians in the field.

It was then left to Canada opener Nitish Kumar to continue his good form with the bat. Kumar made a brisk 48-ball 61 with seven boundaries and two sixes to help Canada overhaul the target in just 25.3 overs.

Kumar was yet again named the Man of the Match and was happy with the effort. “This pitch was flatter than the previous one. There was a bit of turn, but overall it came on to the bat very nicely. All credit to our bowlers for their spells. This win is a big boost to the team. We are now back on track. Everyone’s positive about it and the mood is great in the camp.

Canada has a game of massive importance tomorrow against Namibia. 


Sat, 07/30/2011

Cricket Canada is proud to announce the following squads for the Intercontinental Cup and ODI matches against Afghanistan.
Jimmy Hansra will captain both squads as Canada look to get off to winning starts in both the Intercontinental Cup and ODI Leagues. Zeeshan Siddiqui and Tyson Gordon are both in line to make first class debuts for Canada, however Siddiqui has played first class cricket previously in his native Pakistan.
Intercontinental Cup August 2 – 5, 2011 Maple Leaf Cricket Club
Jimmy Hansra (British Columbia) – Captain
Harvir Baidwan (Ontario), Khurram Chohan  (Alberta), Parth Desai (Ontario), Tyson Gordon (Alberta), Ruvindu Gunasekera (Ontario) , Zahid Hussain (Ontario), Usman Limbada (Ontario)
Henry Osinde (Ontario), Hiral Patel (Ontario), Junaid Siddiqui  (Ontario), Zeeshan Siddiqui (Manitoba), Zubin Surkari (Ontario), Hamza Tariq (Alberta)
One Day Internationals August 7, 2011 (Maple Leaf Cricket Club), August 9th 2011 (Toronto Cricket Skating and Curliing Club)
Jimmy Hansra (British Columbia) – Captain
Harvir Baidwan (Ontario), Rustam Bhatti (Ontario) Rizwan Cheema (Ontario), Khurram Chohan  (Alberta), Parth Desai (Ontario), Tyson Gordon (Alberta), Ruvindu Gunasekera (Ontario) , Usman Limbada (Ontario)Henry Osinde (Ontario), Hiral Patel (Ontario), Junaid Siddiqui  (Ontario), Zubin Surkari (Ontario), Hamza Tariq (Alberta)
Rizwan Cheema in for Siddiqui and Rustam Bhatti in for Zahid Hussain are the only changes between the two squads. 

Fri, 07/29/2011

Canada u19 has lost a heartbreaker to Kenya u19 at the ICC u19 Cricket World Cup Qualification Tournament in Ireland. 

Batting second, Canada was unable to chase down the Kenyan total of 215 despite half centuries from Nikhil Dutta (55) and Akash Shah (51). Earlier in the day, Canada had Kenya on the ropes at 47-4 but Duncan Allan (103) and Joseph Ochieng (73) led an impressive fightback to post the winning score. 

Nitish Kumar (3-26) and Manny Aulakh (3-31) led Canada's bowling attack. 


Thu, 07/28/2011

Nitish Kumar announced his intentions in the best of ways as the stylish batsmen scored an unbeaten century to lead Canada to a massive total of 212 from 35 overs.

Kumar (100) and Akash Shah (11) shared an opening stand of 50 runs as Canada looked to set a solid target in the rain reduced match. Two quick wickets pegged Canada back to 62-2 before Kumar and Kyle Edgehill (36) shared a 78 run 3rd wicket stand to stabalize the batting before Rayyan Pathan (42* in 24 balls) battered the Scotland bowling to carry Canada over the 200 mark.

Kumar reached his century with 3 balls to go as Pathan's onslaught carried Canada to 212.

Despite the massive total, Scotland were not intimidated and set about the chase positively. Jobanjot Sidhu (4-39) was the pick of Canada's bowlers but Scotland's batsmen continued to score quickly, passing 100 in 15 overs. Aman Bailwal (63) led the late overs charge but fell in the 34th over as the last 4 wickets tumbled for 23 runs in 4 overs. Scotland moved to 206 before Peter Legget holed out to Aklas Umar to end the game.

Canada moves to 1-0 and looks to go 2-0 tomorrow against Kenya.

Thu, 07/28/2011

It’s festival time again and Cricket Canada is pleased to announce a series of events celebrating cricket in the Greater Toronto Area which will culminate with the 2011 Etihad Summer Festival.
Caribbean T20 champions Trinidad and Tobago and 2010 ICC Intercontinental Cup Champions Afghanistan will join Canada in this year’s event.
Quickly becoming one of the most prestigious events on the Associate cricket calendar, the second annual festival celebrates Cricket and gives fans a chance to enjoy the game in various ways throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Cricket Canada has put together a fun-filled two weeks of activities across the GTA for fans and supporters of all ages.
The cricket excitement gets underway on August 2nd when defending ICC Intercontinental Cup Champions Afghanistan take on Canada in the 2011-2013 Intercontinental Cup opener for both sides.
The match will be played at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario from August 2 – 5, 2011. Canada will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss in 2010 when Afghanistan chased a massive fourth innings total of 475 to defeat Canada in UAE.
August 7th, will see Canada and Afghanistan clash in a One Day International Match at MLCC, before moving to August 9th at Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club in Toronto for the final One Day International Match of the series. Canada and Afghanistan have engaged in classic battles since their first encounter in 2009 with several matches coming down to the last overs and ending in thrilling fashions.
With the large Afghan diaspora in GTA and the overwhelming support Canada receives at home games it is sure to be an electric atmosphere at the ground.
August 9th will also be KIDS day at TCSCC as several local Cricket Academies will participate in a Cricket Canada KIDS demonstration during the lunch break of the second ODI.
The Etihad Summer Festival T20 Tournament runs August 11th and 12th. August 11th will see Trinidad and Tobago take the field for the first time. In the first match of the day, Afghanistan will take on Trinidad and Tobago and in the second match, Canada will take on Afghanistan.
On Sunday, The Festival will continue with Canada taking on T&T in the morning and the Etihad Summer Festival Final to be played that afternoon.
On August 13th, Cricket Canada will co-present the award winning movie Fire in Babylon. The film about the rise of the West Indies Cricket Team in the 1970’s and 1980’s, tells the story of sporting triumph set against the cultural and political turbulence of the time. Tickets are available at FIBTORONTO.ZOOBIS.COM
August 14th and 15th will feature matches between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, the details of which are being worked out between the two countries.
Trinidad and Tobago are one of the top T20 sides in the world and their side features top West Indies internationals Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, and Ravi Rampaul.
Event Schedule
August 2 – 5, 2011 Canada vs. Afghanistan | ICC Intercontinental Cup | MLCC
August 7, 2011 Canada vs. Afghanistan | ICC Associate ODI League | MLCC
August 9, 2011 Canada vs. Afghanistan| ICC Associate ODI League | TCSCC
August 11, 2011 Afghanistan vs. T&T | Etihad Summer Festival |T20 | MLCC
August 11, 2011 Canada vs. Afghanistan | Etihad Summer Festival | T20 | MLCC
August 12, 2011 Canada vs. T&T | Etihad Summer Festival | T20 | MLCC
August 12, 2011 Final | Etihad Summer Festival | T20 | MLCC
August 13, 2011 Movie : Fire in Babylon | Etihad Summer Festival | Film | TBA
August 14, 2011 Canada vs. T&T |  Etihad Summer Festival | 50 Over | MLCC
August 15, 2011Canada vs. T&T | Etihad Summer Festival |  T20 |  MLCC

Tue, 07/26/2011


Cricket Canada is pleased to confirm the signing of Henry Osinde to a contract. After a short absence, Osidne returns as one of Canada's core contract players. 


The warhorse of Canada's pace bowling attack, Osinde first came to prominance playing for his native Uganda. After sitting out the required waiting period, Osinde made his ODI debut in 2006 against ZImbabwe. Since then he has become Canada's leading ODI wicket taker (currently tied with Sunil Dhaniram), and is third on the all time list of ODI's played for Canada. 


Despite leading an injury ridden bowling attack, Osinde produced a man of the match performance against Kenya at the 2011 Cricket World cup taking 4-26 in a winning cause