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

Tue, 07/26/2011

Corporate Canada Cricket Club (CCCC) is hosting its first of three annual Mayor's Cricket Festival in Ajax, Ontario on Saturday, July 30. 

The festival will have three corporate teams from BMO, CIBC, and Loblaw participating to win the coveted Ajax Mayor's Cricket Trophy. In partnership with Cricket Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (H&SF) and Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), CCCC will donate funds raised to these two charities.Cricket is the fastest growing sport after soccer in the Greater Toronto Area and CCCC is pioneer in establishing Corporate Cricket in Canada and promoting junior cricket in partnership with Durham Cricket Academy and Qasra Sports. 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup is the premier international championship of men's One Day International (ODI) cricket and is the world's third largest (with only the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics exceeding it), being televised in over 200 countries to over 2.2 billion television viewers. Television rights, mainly for the 2011 and 2015 World Cup were sold for over US$1.1 billion, and sponsorship rights were sold for a further US$500 million. The International Cricket Council (ICC), which has its headquarters in Dubai, UAE, is the international governing body of cricket and it has 104 members: 10 Full Members that play official Test matches, 34 Associate Members, and 60 Affiliate Members; Canada is an Associate Member since 1968. 

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011 

Time: 09:00 a.m. (junior cricket games from Durham Cricket Academy) 

10:00 a.m. (greetings by CCCC, Mayor, CIBC, CCS, H&SF) 

11:00 a.m. (first corporate cricket game will be played between CIBC & Loblaw) 

05:00 p.m. (greetings by Joe-Dickson, MPP, Ajax-Pickering & Awards Ceremony) 

Highlights Face Painting 

3-In-1 INFLATABLE Jumping Castle 

Location: Ajax Cricket Club 

615 Monarch Ave, Ajax, Ontario 

Contact: Fasih Masood, (647) 822-0910 

Venky Jeyaraman, (416) 818-8140

Tue, 07/26/2011


The history making TDCA Women's league has reached midseason and the league delivered on all its promise in the first year. 

The ladies league is fiercely contested by four teams namely , Kaisoca Ladies, Toronto Ladies, Superstars and Ontario Cricket Academy on Saturdays and Sundays mornings in 25 over matches. 

A total of over 50 players are registered in this league. 

Kaisoca is still unbeaten in league play at 4-0 and finished first in the round robin competition with 24 points. Toronto Ladies finished second with 12 points while Superstars edged ahead of Ontario Academy. 

The Kaisoca All Star team in the senior division is a combination of the better players from all four teams that plays in the 4th.division. After 8 matches the team is winless but is showing great improvement. 

The Kaisoca Ladies CC also participated in the Toronto Mayor's Cup cricket tournament as well as The Grayson Shillingford Memorial T20 cricket tournament. 

It has certainly been a watershed year for women's cricket in Canada 

Mon, 07/25/2011


Fresh off a victory in the ICC America's T20 Championship,  Amabhir Jimmy Hansra has been tapped to lead Canada's senior men's team. Cricket Canada confirmed the announcement today in Toronto. Hansra joined the team in 2010 and quickly became an integral member of the side rising to prominence at the 2011 Cricket World Cup finishing second in Canada's run tally. 


Hansra succeeds Ashish Bagai who stepped aside from full time cricket after the Cricket World Cup.


Cricket Canada has also confirmed that they have come to an agreement with Hansra on a full time contract. 


" I am honoured to be chosen to lead the Cricket Canada Men's National Team.  I am aware, excited and focused on all the challenges that lie ahead and will work together with the Management team and the players to further establish cricket in Canada.   


I would like to thank Ashish Bagai for his contributions as a leader.  In a short term under his captaincy, I was impressed by his hard work and professionalism, and will try to continue to build from where he left off.  It is an honour to represent your country in any sport or cause, and I will try my best to keep that pride and hunger alive in the heart of every cricketer that puts on the Canadian colours.


I thank the organization once again for giving me this opportunity.  I will bring my passion, strong work ethic and professionalism into this side as a leader and use it to the best of my ability for the success of the organization." 


Cricket Canada has a busy month of August with visits from Afghanistan and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Sat, 07/23/2011

Canada made it a clean sweep at the ICC America's T20 Championships in Florida on Saturday brushing aside a spirited Suriname team. Showing no let down after defeating the USA in a big match on Friday, Canada ammassed a total of 138-4 led by a brilliant batting display by Khushroo Wadia (75*). Wadia and Parveen Saroye (35) put on 87 runs for the second wicket to set the stage for the match winning total. 
In reply, Suriname were never able to get going, Satsmaranjit Dhindsa (2-8) set them back and a chase never really materialized. Suriname ended the match on 77-7 in 20 overs. 
Canada were by far the class of the tournament and while not much was known about the young squad that went to the tournament, the depth of talent right across the country was showcased this week in Florida. 

Sat, 07/23/2011


It is with deep regret that Cricket Canada announces the passing away of PANDIT BASDEO MAHARAJ. Mr. Maharaj was the former president of Maple Leaf Cricket Club from 2008-2011

Funeral Arrangements are as follows 

Viewing will be held between 2-6pm on Sun, July 24th 

Benisasia Funeral Home 
1357 Queen St W 
Toronto, ON M6K 1M1 
Ph# (416) 645-1026 
The Funeral will be held on Monday July 25th, at 8AM. 

Mr. Maharaj was a fixture in the cricket community for many years and he will certainly be missed. Cricket Canada expresses its deepest sympathies to Mr. Mahraj's friends and family.