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. 

Fri, 07/22/2011


The oldest rivalry in the history of international sports continued today as Canada and the USA took the field at the ICC America's T20 Championship in Florida. 

Both teams were 3-0 heading into the game and the team of upstart Canadian's were keen to impose their mark on the tournament. Having lost this title last year in a lobsided final, Canada had revenge on its mind heading into Friday's clash and showed initative by winning the toss and putting themselves into bat. 

Khushroo Wadia (56*) got Canada off to a lighting start in the game and with Jason Sandher (23), Canada were well placed for a large total. USA fought their way back into the game with a dogged effort from their spinners. None of the Canadian batsmen after 3 hit double figures and the target was a gettable 131. 

USA got off to a quick start with Sushil Nadkani leading the way. Jimmy Hansra brought himself into the attack to stem the tide and the pressure began to mount on the USA. All the bowlers found themselves in the wickets and with the asking rate rising about 8, USA struggled to keep pace. Zahid Hussain held his nerves bowling the 20th over and Canada won by 10 runs. 

Though not out of the woods yet, Canada's youngsters are now alone in first place with a match against last place Suriname to secure the title. 

The win against a favoured American side, playing at home, was a shot in the arm for a Canadian team without many of its top players and puts Canada in place to obtain the final ICC America's trophy missing from the trophy cabinet. 

President Ranjit Saini was proud of the team saying at the conclusion of the match. 

Though we still have one more game to play, we are pleased with the team and our rookie captain. It just proves the point that we have been making all along. "Cricket in North America is Canada's Game". Cricket has survived and grown here despite harsh winters, short summers, a huge country and being away from major cricket centers. 

The future is promising and we will take care of it in our own way. The Canadian way...respect for our differences, finding middle ways, being innovative and live within our means." 

Canada takes on Suriname tomorrow. 

Thu, 07/21/2011

Cricket Canada is pleased to support another major grassroots event in the city, by being part of the first annual Ajax Mayor's cricket festival on July 30th.

The event will include coaching clinics, corporate matches and a Cricket Canada KIDS demonstration.

The event is organized by the Corporate Cricket Club of Canada and hosted by CIBC. Other festivals will follow in Brampton and Mississagua later in the summer.

Tournament Flyer

Thu, 07/21/2011


Cricket Canada is sadden to announce the passing this week of four members of the community in Canada. 

Former BC and Canadian youth player Mike Pearson and former BC player Eliss Jorssen both passed away in Vancouver this week. 

In Ontario, former president of Maple Leaf Cricket Club Basdeo Maharaj passed his way. Maharaj's funeral will be held in Toronto on Friday. 

In Montreal, Masood Khan, former QCF player, passed away on Wednesday. 

Cricket Canada expresses condolences to the families of all the deceased. 

Thu, 07/21/2011


On Friday, Canada will take on USA in the fourth match of the ICC America's T20 Tournament. On form, the match will be a defacto championship match between the two top teams in the tournament. 

The young side that Canada sent to the tournament has hit their mark very quickly and Jimmy Hansra, who with Hamza Tariq, are the lone representatives from the World Cup side has led from the front to help his team to a 3-0 record. 

For his part, Hansra is pleased so far with the performance of his team. 

"The young squad is progressing nicely. They are sticking together outside the games and really have found a bond with each other. I wanted to ensure the unity is present, so we have been having breakfast, lunch and dinner together as a team. On our day off, all of us spend the whole day together at south beach. The atmosphere is very friendly and players are expressing themselves freely which is also helping them give their best when they play." 

When asked about heading into a match against a more experienced USA team who are playing at home, Hansra was upbeat about his team's chances 

"This group is hungry for wins and I highly believe they are focused regardless their opposition. Playing for their Country has been taken for granted before at times but this young group is competitive and pride themselves in winning for their Country. Our goal is come back undefeated and we have two more games to accomplish just that. " 

Canada and the USA clash on Friday at 530pm Eastern Time 

Wed, 07/20/2011


Canada's developmental squad was expecting a much stiffer test in the third match of the ICC America's T20 Division One Tournament in Florida today, however it did not materialize as Canada rolled by Bermuda to a 3-0 record. 

Batting first, Bermuda were reduced to 31-8 by Grant Broadhurst (3-8) and Junaid Siddiqui (3-20). A late charge by Bermuda brought them to 79-9. In reply Canada lost an early wicket and then moved to 40-1 in 7.3 overs (J Sandher 17*, T Bastiampillai 7*) before rain intervened. 

Canada won the match by 15 runs 

Tue, 07/19/2011


Caribbean T20 Champions Trinidad and Tobago will make Canada part of their preparation for the Champion's League Qualifier by visiting Canada for the Cricket Canada Summer Festival August 11th and 12th at Maple Leaf Cricket Club. 

The annual event which saw joint winners Canada and WI HPC in 2010 will see Canada, Afghanistan and Trinidad and Tobago battle for the trophy. 
Cricket Canada will have much to look forward to for fans of all ages during the 10 days around the Festival in addition to the festival matches itself on August 11th and 12th.

Tue, 07/19/2011


Canada's development squad moved 2-0 at the ICC America's Division One T20 tournament in Florida. Canada won the toss and elected to field in the rain shortened match. 

Argentina fought hard to post 54 from 8 overs but were undone by some sharp Canadian fielding which led to 4 Argentine run-outs. 

In reply, Jimmy Hansra (30) and Usman Limbada (25) shook off the early loss of a wicket to see Canada home with 5 balls to spare. 

Mon, 07/18/2011

Canada's development squad got its ICC America's Division 1 Tournament underway today against Cayman Islands in Florida. 

A quickfire 40 (31 balls) from Khuroo Wadia broke Canada out of an early funk and with contributions from skipper Jimmy Hansra (27 off 19) and Usman Limbada (23 off 20) Canada got to 130-8 in 20 overs.

In reply, Cayman got off to a steady start but Canada's spinners, led by man of the match Zahid Hussain (4-7) held Cayman to 66-7 from 20 overs.

Canada takes on Argentina on Tuesday



Mon, 07/11/2011


Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the following squad for the ICC America's T20 Tournament taking place July 17-25 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Jimmy Hansra - BC (Captain) 

Waleed Ahmed (Manitoba) 

Trevin Bastiampillai (Ontario) 

Grant Broadhurst (Alberta) 

Satsimranjit Singh Dhindsa (Ontario) 

Zahid Hussain(Ontario) 

Usman Limbada (Ontario) 

Deepak Pabla (Quebec) 

Cecil Pervez (Ontario) 

Parveen Saroye (Alberta) 

Jason Sandher (BC) 

Jonathan Snow (BC) 

Hamza Tariq (Alberta) 

Khusroo Wadia (Ontario) 

Coach/Manager : Ingleton Liburd 

Canada has elected to send a mainly developmental squad to the tournament while several players are being rested ahead of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup, ODI and T20 Matches against Afghanistan. 

Vice President Vimal Hardat is confident the team will put up a showing in the America's tournament.

"Having already qualified for the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier (in 2012) we saw this as a good chance to have some of our prospects test themselves as well as to give our more senior players a chance to get ready for Afghanistan." 

Rizwan Cheema,Hiral Patel, Ruvindu Gunasekera, and Parth Desai headline the list of players staying in Canada to prepare for Afghanistan while Harvir Baidwan and Khurram Chohan are due to arrive shortly back from successful stints in England. 

The team leaves on July 16th for Fort Lauderdale from Toronto.