Wed, 03/11/2015

Turf Wicket Maintenance Staffs


On behalf of local cricket organisations, Cricket Canada wishes to search, engage and where necessary train personnel to maintain turf wickets in Abbotsford (BC) and Edmonton (AB). These are part time positions and involve following responsibilities:

1.       Annual maintenance at the end of the season i.e. level and re-seed as required.

2.       Prepare pitches as required per match schedules provided by the leagues.

3.       Provide in-season repair as may be required due to damage.

4.       Maintain and provide necessary irrigation as required.

5.       Communicate and interact with cricket as well as municipal authorities.

The ideal candidate:

1.       The ideal candidates have strong and demonstrated interest in cricket

2.       Have previous experience in turf wicket maintenance or other similar position and are willing to learn and adapt to flexible hours.

3.       A seasonal part time position is ideal for them and are looking for such position to supplement their income

4.       Are able to handle with care, safety and expertise heavy equipment such as rollers etc.

5.       Have reliable mode of transport to come to the facility


All those who are interested, please forward your enquiries to Ingleton Liburd at Please respond before 20th March 2015. 

Fri, 02/06/2015

Four young players from Canada have been selected to trial at each of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchises in June. Four Canadian cricketers, Nitish Kumar, Nikhil Dutta, Satsimranjit Dhindsa and Farhan Malik who will all be keen to make an impression in the Caribbean later this year.

The ICC Americas player will be allocated to one of the six CPL franchises, along with four West Indies Under-19 cricketers for each franchise, for a pre-tournament training camp. One rookie contract per franchise will then be offered from amongst these five possible candidates. All the players have been selected based on performances for their National teams, as well as performances during talent development initiatives conducted by the ICC Americas Regional Development programme. In particular, this included a dedicated camp in Barbados in December 2014.

Nikhil Dutta, a 20 year-old Toronto based off-spinning all-rounder, was thankful for the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to working hard over the next 5 months to make the most out of this opportunity. It should be a great learning experience for us and hopefully we can impress enough to earn a contract,” said Dutta.

Whilst the players are currently spread between Calgary, Toronto and the UK for study, they will each follow training programmes and also come together for additional training commitments prior to the camps. They will be involved in the CPL franchise training camps from June 13th to 18th, with the 2015 CPL scheduled to run from June 21st – July 26th.

Player Name Country Type Age
Nitish kumar Canada RHB / RAOS 20
Nikhil Dutta Canada RHB / RAOS 20
Farhan Malik Canada RHB / LAOS 19
Satsimranjit Dhindsa Canada RHB / RAFM 23


Thu, 01/22/2015

All teams have an off day on Thursday before the final day of the group stage on Friday in Windhoek. Nepal and Namibia both control their own destiny for promotion while Kenya and Uganda currently sit in the relegation zone and no longer have any chance at moving up. A win for Nepal over Kenya and the same for Namibia against Canada would clinch a berth for both teams into the 2015-2017 ICC Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship. Nepal can still clinch a spot in the top two even with a loss to Kenya if Namibia beats Canada and Uganda beats Netherlands. To move into the top two, Canada would not only need to beat Namibia but also would have to erase a 1.196 net run rate deficit with their opponent. Canada also trail Nepal by 0.857 on net run rate so a win coupled with a Nepal loss to Kenya and a more manageable overhaul of their deficit with Nepal could see Canada finish in the top two. Netherlands has a bigger net run rate deficit than Canada to make up on both Nepal and Namibia at 1.250 and 0.911 respectively. However, they face the weakest opponent in the tournament for their last match, Uganda, and have an outside chance of erasing that deficit but would need one of Nepal or Namibia to lose and then leapfrog that losing team plus Canada on net run rate to finish in the top two.

Thu, 01/22/2015

ICC World Cricket League - Division 2 ( Point Table)

Date - January 22 / 2015

Team Match Won Lost Tied N/R Points Net RR For Against
Namibia 4 3 1 0 0 6 +1.053 839/185.4 651/187.5
Nepal 4 3 1 0 0 6 +0.714 564/160.3 560/200.0
Canada 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.143 848/200.0 759/173.1
Netherlands 4 2 2 0 0 4 -0.197 752/180.5 869/199.3
Kenya 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.622 744/183.1 797/170.1
Uganda 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.987 645/200.0 756/179.3


Wed, 01/21/2015

Nitish Kumar notched the tournament's first century in a 111-run win for Canada over Uganda. The first List A century for the 20-year-old came off 106 balls with 10 fours and a six and eclipsed his previous List A best of 67. Kumar was part of two half-century stands with Rizwan Cheema (36) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (30) to give Canada a strong platform after winning the toss and batting. Captain Jimmy Hansra provided a late flourish with 63 not out off 54 balls to boost Canada up to an easily defendable 293 for 6. Seamer Cecil Pervez ripped through the Uganda top order with three wickets in the first nine overs before Phillimon Selowa countered back with a half-century. Offspinner Nikhil Dutta finally ended Selowa's stay for 70 and burrowed through the rest of the Uganda middle order to finish with 4 for 52. Pervez came back late for one more wicket to finish with 4 for 23 and left-arm spinner Parth Desai finished off the tail as Uganda subsided for 182 in 42 overs.

Tue, 01/20/2015

A five-wicket haul from fast bowler KC Karan, followed by Paras Khadka's maiden fifty in List-A cricket, helped Nepal thrash Canada by seven wickets in Windhoek. Karan, playing in only his third ever competitive match, fetched returns of 10-2-26-5, as he wrecked Canada's top and middle order. A few Canada batsmen made starts, but the team failed to string together even a single meaningful stand, as they duly folded for 114 in 49.2 overs. Apart from Karan, Sompal Kami chipped in with 2 for 28, while Khadka, Shakti Gauchan and Sagar Pun snared a wicket each. Nepal began the chase shakily, losing their openers Naresh Budayair and Subash Khakurel off successive balls in the second over with the team yet to get off the mark. However, Gyanendra Malla and Khadka steered Nepal home with a partnership worth 114 runs for the third wicket. Khadka was the more aggressive foil in that stand, muscling 11 fours and three sixes to make his way to 77, but he was dismissed towards the end of the chase. Malla, though, remained unbeaten on 32, as Nepal gunned down the target with almost 27 overs to spare.

Sun, 01/18/2015

Aggressive half-centuries by Navneet Dhaliwal and Rizwan Cheema were instrumental in Canada posting a strong total in their second WCL Division Two match, before Parth Desai picked up four wickets to help the team beat Kenya comfortably. Cheema kick-started the Canada innings with a couple of boundaries in the fifth over, before accelerating even more, with two sixes in the sixth over. While his partner Nitish Kumar was content with playing out dots, Cheema went on to complete his half-century in the ninth over, off only 27 balls. He was soon dismissed for 57, but the initial tempo helped Canada play patiently during the middle overs. Then Dhaliwal provided the late spurt, hitting six four and four sixes in his 109-ball stay. He was dismissed in the last over of the innings, seven short of his century. Kenya's chase of 258 was off to a poor start as they lost their openers within six overs. Collins Obuya and Irfan Karim added 95 runs for the third wicket to revive the team's chances, but as the required rate shot up, Kenya could not prevent regular fall of wickets. Their lower middle order crumbled against Desai and the team was bowled out for 211 in the 48th over.

Tue, 01/13/2015

Namibia’s Nicolaas Scholtz: “We as the Namibia National Cricket Team are really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and make our country and supporters proud” Canada’s Jimmy Hansra: “We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa” Nepal’s Paras Khadka: “If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours” Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 will see six Associate teams locking horns in Namibia and Jimmy Hansra of Canada, Nicolaas Scholtz of Namibia, and Paras Khadka of Nepal, say their teams are prepared for a tough battle. During the eight-day tournament that commences on 17 January, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands and Uganda will compete for the opportunity to progress to ICC’s four-day Intercontinental Cup and the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. Canada skipper Jimmy Hansra is looking forward to play in an ICC tournament again: “It will be one year since Canada last participated in an ICC tournament. The team has worked hard over the last year and are looking forward to playing in this important tournament.” There are some youthful additions to Canada’s squad with Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dutta, who both represented Canada at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in UAE at the beginning of 2014, both being called up. Hansra who led the team at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014 in New Zealand, said: “We have played against many, if not all of the teams that are participating in ICC WCL Div. 2, and know what to expect from them. We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa. We have to stick to our strengths and execute our plans, and I have no doubt in the overall ability of this group to do well in this tournament.” Newly-promoted Nepal will be led by veteran skipper Paras Khadka, who said: “Everyone is working hard and we are very keen to play our very best and win the tournament. If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours. It’s a major tournament and everyone is really keen to perform and climb up the divisional ladder.” Nepal has had a big year of international cricket, competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014, and competing on the world stage at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where it beat Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Nepal also won the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Malaysia in October 2014. “This year we played in our first ICC World Twenty20, performed well in the event and once again won ICC WCL Div. 3. Back home, cricket has grown ten folds and has reached another height. We must continue this momentum; our focus is to get into the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup,” said Khadka. Hosts Namibia will be captained by Nicolaas Scholtz who is excited to be playing on home soil: “Namibia is really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and we’re aiming make our country and supporters proud. We are looking forward to some hard competitive cricket and perform in the right spirit and to the maximum of our abilities. “I think we will have a very good chance to win the tournament. We have a really good team, full of energy, with a good mix of experience and youngsters. The team are well-prepared for the tournament and everyone is ready and itching to get going,” said Scholtz. The opening day of the tournament will see Namibia take on Kenya at Wanderers, Netherlands lock horns with Canada at United, and Uganda face Nepal at Wanderers Affies.

Mon, 12/29/2014

Canada will tour Zimbabwe early next year for four fifty-over matches which will form part of Zimbabwe's preparation for the 2015 World Cup and ahead of Canada's World Cricket League Division 2 campaign.

All the matches will take place at Harare Sports Club between January 6 and 12 and Zimbabwe will field an A squad, coached by former first-class player Shepherd Makunura. Stuart Matsikenyeri, who last played for Zimbabwe in 2012, is part of the squad.

The games will afford Zimbabwe's new coach, expected to be named later this week, an opportunity to assess candidates for the World Cup squad which must be named by January 7. Dav Whatmore, the former Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan coach, isthe frontrunner for the job. Whatmore arrived in Harare late Sunday and hoped to seal the deal early this week.

He will inherit a team that has recently returned from an 8-0 blanking in Bangladesh after losing all three Tests and five ODIs and which has little more than a month to prepare for the World Cup. Should Whatmore get the job, he will hold a training camp in Dubai, where it may be possible for other warm-up fixtures to be arranged in addition to the Canada fixtures.

Canada, who lost ODI status in February, have never toured Zimbabwe and only played against them twice. They lost both games - one a tri-series fixture in Port-of-Spain in 2006 and the other a group stage match at the 2011 World Cup - although those matches were against a full Zimbabwe international side and not an A team.

Canada failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup but will use the visit to Zimbabwe as preparation for their WCL Division Two tournament which will take place in Namibia from January 17 to 24.

There, Canada will play the hosts, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal and Uganda with winner going through to the Intercontinental Cup and the World Cricket League Championship, which would be a step to regaining their ODI badge.

Tue, 12/16/2014

The National selectors have named the Canada squad for the ICC WCL Division 2, Namibia from 17th to 24th Jan 2015. Prior to the tournament the team will travel to Zimbabwe from 3rd to 12th January where they will play four matches against Zimbabwe A team.

1. Jimmy Hansra - Captain - BC

2. Rizwan Cheema - ON

3. Ruvindu Gunasekera - ON

4. Nitesh Kumar - ON

5. Srimantha Wijeyeratne - ON

6. Umer Nawaz - BC

7. Cecil Pervez - ON

8. Hamza Tariq - AB

9. Navneet Dhaliwal - ON

10. Varun Sehdev - ON

11. Satsimranjit Dhindsa - ON

12. Parth Desai - ON

13. Nikhil Dutta - ON

14. Durand Soraine - ON

Reserves -

1. Trevin Bastiampillai - ON

2. Awais Ahmed - BC

3. Usman Limbada - ON

4. Farhan Malik.- AB

Coach - Mukesh Narula

Manager - Naresh Jain