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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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.

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