Sat, 06/03/2017

In February 2017, arbitration held under the auspices of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) pertaining to the election of the Cricket Canada Board of Directors last May 2016 led to a number of rulings. These included an order to hold new elections for all board positions, and various stipulations in regard to the holding of elections. Cricket Canada has respected these rulings in the conduct of the elections held in May 2017, but disputed the authority of the arbitrator to direct Cricket Canada to amend its bye-laws to put in place specific governance measures.

Cricket Canada therefore sought a legal ruling on these matters. The specific measures disputed were the following decisions:-

        • Any person having a role in the selection of the members of the Nomination Committee shall be prohibited from running in the elections;

        • Any Provincial Director, or any other person with voting rights by virtue of their position, who intends to run in the elections must resign from his or her position before the elections are held;

        • Any offer, suggestion or promise of a benefit by a person running in the elections to a voter is prohibited;

        • All necessary amendments to the bylaws shall be made to meet complete compliance with the Not-for-profit Corporations Act and with the findings of this award.

In a hearing of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the judge ruled that these portions of the award were outside the scope of the arbitration agreement, and set them aside.

Cricket Canada currently is in compliance with the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act following bye-law revisions made at a meeting held in Winnipeg on March 5, 2017 (before the original decision was made by the arbitrator).  Irrespective of this ruling, Cricket Canada is committed to continually reviewing its internal governance in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, and those of national and international sporting bodies.

Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini said:-

“I am very much pleased that we were able to see this through.We are here to improve governance standards as well as helping cricket to develop at all levels in Canada, reflected in top performances by our national teams."

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Wed, 05/31/2017

Rain prevented the final of the World Cricket League Division 3 reaching a result today in Kampala, Uganda. Both Canada and Oman were already assured of promotion to Division 2, and Oman will place first in the tournament, Canada second, based on the standings after the round robin matches. Canada had made 176/3 from 38 overs, and Oman 50/2 in reply before rain finally washed out the match.

Canada batted first; the youthful opening partnership of Kumar and Adhihetty has been one of the successes of the tournament for Canada, and they were again effective, putting on 102 for the first wicket before Kumar was bowled for exactly 50 from 78 balls with eight fours. Adhihetty made 86 from 110 balls with 10 boundaries before rain cut Canada’s innings short.

When play resumed again, Canada's innings was deemed complete, and Oman had a target of 177 in 24 overs. The third over from Dhindsa featured a wide, two fours, two sixes and two wickets but only 4.3 overs were possible before rain came again with Oman on 50/2 and the match was abandoned with no result.

Canadians filled four of the top five run-scorers in the tournament. Bhavindu Adhihetty took top spot with 222 runs at an average of 37, and Pathirana followed him with 208 at 41.60 - Rizwan Cheema and Nitish Kumar took 4th and 5th spot. Dhindsa was second highest wicket taker with 11.


Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)


Tue, 05/30/2017

Canada achieved their main objective at the WCL Division 3 tournament in Uganda by qualifying for the final - the top two teams are promoted to Division 2. However they made it hard for themselves, losing to Singapore by two runs. They finished tied with Singapore for 2nd with a 3-2 record, but the tie was broken on net run rate, and good results in previous games kept them in second place overall. They will play Oman in the final tomorrow, with promotion assured. 

Bhavindu Adhihetty, getting his first bowl of the tournament, took 3/10, and five other bowlers chipped in with wickets as they bowled out Singapore for 166. In reply, Canada looked to have the game won, needing just 8 with three wickets in hand, but the last three wickets fell for 5 runs, the game ending with a run out. Rizwan Cheema top-scored with a rapid 42, and Navneet Dhaliwal provided middle order stability with 37.

Team Manager Ingleton Liburd quotes via his Facebook feed – ‘Team Canada accomplished its first goal which was to get back to ICC WCL Div 2. The next goal tomorrow is to end the ICC WCL DIV 3 tournament as Champions.


Dave Liverman

Director-at- Large (Media Relations)



Mon, 05/29/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup. 

Canada’s hopes of a top-two placing were dented by an upset loss to Malaysia, who had lost their first two matches.  Canada were put in by Malaysia, and struggled against Malaysia’s spinners, bowled out for 141 in 48.5 overs. Their final total owed much to a 44 run 8th wicket partnership between top-scorer Nikhil Dutta (30) and Saad Bin Zafar, after Canada had fallen to 95/7. Despite seven bats reaching double figures, no-one played the major innings required.

Canada needed to take wickets to stand a chance but Malaysia, requiring less than three runs per over, kept the spinners at bay, and won by 6 wickets with 12 overs to spare. Ahmed Faiz top-scored for Malaysia with 49*, and was named man of the match.

Canada's record is now two wins and one loss, and they are in a real battle for a top two placing, with Oman and Singapore also with two wins. USA, Malaysia and Uganda all have one win and two losses.

Canada now play the USA in a critical match tomorrow before concluding the round-robin part of the tournament on Monday against Singapore.


Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)


Mon, 05/29/2017

Canada and USA renewed the oldest rivalry in international cricket, playing in the WCL Division 3 tournament in Kampala. Canada came out on top with a one sided 96 run win, leaving Canada in an excellent position for promotion, and the USA struggling to avoid relegation.

Canada, put in to bat, made 256/8, led by 87 from man of the match Dhanuka Pathirana, well supported by 67 from Bhavindu Adhihetty, Nikhil Dutta (31) and Nitish Kumar (30). Kumar and Adhihetty had an opening partnership of 74, and after Canada had gone from 142/2 to 157/5, Pathirana and Dutta put on 58. Rizwan Cheema destroyed the American middle order with three wickets in eight balls, and was well supported by Saad Bin Zafar (2/29 from 10 overs) and Dhindsa also with two wickets as the USA were bowled out for 160.

With one match to play (against Singapore), Canada tops the table ahead with Oman on net run rate, both with three wins and a loss; followed by Uganda and Singapore both with two wins and two losses. Even with a final match loss, the worst Canada can finish is in a tie for second place, with net run rate the determining factor.

Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini said, "This day belongs to the dedication and hard work of our players, coaching staffs and the well wishes our supporters... we are all excited with the opportunities that are now ahead of us"

Canada play Singapore on Monday.

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)


Thu, 05/25/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup. 

After beating Oman by 83 runs today, Canada tops the standings, unbeaten after two matches, ahead of four other teams with one win and one loss..

Highly rated Oman had beaten USA in their opening match but Canada won comfortably. A strong team batting performance saw Canada reach 274/9 from their fifty overs. Seven batsman passed thirty, with Bhavindu Adhihetty top scoring with 44, Rizwan Cheema smashing 42 from 25 balls, and Nikhil Dutta, batting at 8, making 41 from 34 balls.

Satsimranjit Dhindsa led the Canadian bowlers with three wickets, notably bowling Aqib Illyas (who was man of the match in Oman's win over the USA) in the third over. Nikhil Dutta and Rizwan Cheema each took two wickets, as a strong bowling performance saw Oman dismissed for 191 from 40.5 overs.

Rizwan Cheema was named man of the match.

After the win, Ranjit Saini – President Cricket Canada states ‘We are buoyed after the win against two strong teams Uganda & Oman and confident that this performance on the field will see us winning the WCL Div 3 and see us back in Div 2, from where we will put in our hardest effort to get back to the Intercontinental Cup. The players have worked very hard and realize that the solution to their challenge lies within them and I hope winning ways continue to flourish us further. While getting ahead is never an easy task but we are certainly favoured to do so and have set ourselves up to meet the challenge.

Canada have a rest day and will play Malaysia in Entebbe on May 26, with the match scheduled to start at 3 am. Malaysia have lost both of their matches in the tournament.

Tue, 05/23/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Canada's tournament got off to an excellent start today with a 66 run win over hosts Uganda in Kampala.  Rain delayed the start, and when play got under way the match was reduced to 42 overs per side. Canada batted after winning the toss, and after captain Nitish Kumar’s 43 had got them off to a good start, the innings became becalmed after they lost three wickets in four balls.

Canada took control of the game with a brilliant innings of 91 in 44 balls by Rizwan Cheema, featuring ten sixes, putting on 105 in an 6th wicket partnership with Dhanuka Pathirana who made 35. This allowed them to post a respectable total of 234/8.

A fine opening spell from Cecil Pervez reduced Uganda to 20/3 and they never recovered as the Canadian bowlers gave little away. Uganda were bowled out for 168 in 38.2 overs. Pervez finished with 4 wickets for 44, Dhindsa 2/14 and Dutta bowled 6 overs for 14 runs and two wickets. Rizwan Cheema was named man of the match.

After the win, Ingle Liburd, the team manager, sent a message to the board and stated “We have been talking about staying ahead of everyone. The attitude is to keep winning”. 

Canada now face Oman (who beat USA in their opening match today) tomorrow, 24th of May, with the match scheduled to start at 3 am EST in Kampala.

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)


Tue, 05/16/2017

Cricket Canada concluded its 2016 AGM, which was held from May, 13 thru May 14, 2017 in Toronto. Members and board of directors discussed many key matters that are facing the organisation.

Improvement in governance and communications within and outside the organisation were among the key elements where significant improvements are expected in the coming year. A grass roots level based high performance program will see its further growth as Cricket Canada is to complete its high performance grid selections for all levels.

2017 will see u15, u17, u19, development and senior pools established. Cricket Canada will move forward by providing quality coaching and competitions to its elite player pool as first stage of a formal and planned program take hold.


Election Results:


Officers and Directors:

President: Ranjit Saini

Vice President: Rashpal Bajwa

Secretary: Hargulshan Sharma

Treasurer: Charles Pais


Independent Directors-at-large

Mohammed Shaikh

Amit Joshi

Praim Persaud

David Liverman

Wed, 05/10/2017

Cricket Canada is announcing the list of eligible nominated candidates for the election to its BOD at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, Toronto May 13 & 14, 2017. The list of candidates include:


1.      Abigail Rajkumar

2.      Bilal Syed

3.      Manzoor Chaudhary

4.      Ranjit Saini


Vice President

1.      Abigail Rajkumar

2.      Bilal Syed

3.      Rashpal Bajwa

4.      Raza Naqvi



1.      Bilal Syed

2.      Hargulshan Sharma

3.      Mohan Kumar

4.      Zafar Khan



1.      Amit Tamraker

2.      Charles Pais

3.      Sabin Fawad


Director at Large (4)

1.      Amit Joshi

2.      David Liverman

3.      Kashiv Aziz

4.      Mohammed Shaikh

5.      Praim Persaud

6.      Raza Naqvi

7.      Sabin Fawad

8.      Sanjeev Kad

9.       Zahoor Butt

Tue, 05/09/2017

Six teams to battle it out for two qualification spots to Division 2


·       William Glenwright: “There are now just 26 teams remaining from the 83 teams which started on the road to Cricket World Cup 2019”


Nations are now just three steps away from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as six teams get ready for the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 which gets underway in Uganda this month.


International cricket competition heads back to Africa between 23 and 30 May, with two promotion spots for ICC WCL Division 2 up for grabs for competing teams Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, USA and hosts Uganda.


Just 26 teams remain from the 83 Members on the road to the 2019 Cricket World Cup which began in 2013. The six teams in Uganda are competing to climb the ladder for a coveted spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The qualifier will be contested after the conclusion of Division 2 and will determine which two teams will go to England and Wales in 2019.


Oman have impressed throughout the qualification process starting in Division 5 and spectacularly climbing the ladder. During that time Oman has also performed well in the ICC World Twenty20 qualification process and remarkably remain in contention to qualify for both ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and ICC World Twenty20 2020.


Uganda go into the tournament with form after completing a stunning white-wash against the highly-fancied Kenya team in a five match series held in Uganda in mid-April. The team will be captained by Davis Karashani with Brian Masaba as his deputy.


Newly promoted USA have named a mixture of youth and experience in their squad. Five USA players have Caribbean Premier League T20 contracts and bring big-game experience to the squad: Steven Taylor, Muhammad Khan, Akeem Dodson, Timil Patel and Timroy Allen. Meanwhile, Mohammad Khaleel, Camilus Alexander and Nosthusha Kenjige are all making their USA debuts.


Canada will warm up for this competition with three matches against Zimbabwe A and one match against the Zimbabwe High Performance Centre. The Canadians also have two Caribbean Premier League T20 players in its ranks: Hamza Tariq and Nikhil Dutta.


Singapore and Malaysia are the two incumbent teams in Division 3 – both having participated in the last tournament in 2014. Last time out Singapore’s Arjun Mutreja was top-run scorer with 282 and he has been retained in their squad for this year’s event. Malaysia’s Ahmad Faiz also performed well with the bat at the last tournament and both will be players to watch in Uganda.


In a first for the ICC’s community outreach program, Cricket for Good, a coaching clinic will give 60 young cricketers in Uganda the chance to learn from the six teams participating in the ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournament. This will be the first time a Cricket for Good event will take place at a division qualifying event and underpins the ICC’s commitment to broadening the reach of the project.


ICC Head of Global Development, William Glenwright said: “We are at an incredibly exciting stage of a Cricket World Cup 2019 Qualification process that began way back in 2013. All teams are now just three steps away from a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.


“There are now just 26 teams remaining from the 83 teams which started on the road to Cricket World Cup 2019. Six of those teams will be competing hard in Uganda where only two teams can keep their Cricket World Cup dreams alive.


“We are also delighted by Cricket for Good’s engagement in the event. It is crucial that the ICC’s qualifying events are used to support initiatives that positively impact the lives of children and families around the world and this will be a good opportunity for us to learn how we can take this great program to more countries.”


The squads are as follows:


Canada: Nitish Kumar, Bhavindu Adhihetty, Cecil Pervez, Dhanuka Pathirana, Durand Soraine, Hamza Tariq, Amarbir Hansra, Junaid Siddiqui, Mark Montfort, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nikhil Dutta, Rizwan Cheeme, Saad Zafar, Satsimranjit Dhindsa


Malaysia: Ahmad Faiz, Aminudin Ramly, Pavandeept Singh, Jagjit Singh, Derek Michael Duraisingam, Che Wan Razlan Zalati, Syed Aziz Syedd Mubarak, Muhammad Wafiq Irfan Zarbani, Mohd Shukri Abdul Rahin, Mohd Anwar Arudin, Virandeep Singh, Muhammad Anwar A Rahman, Mohamad Fikri Makram Wan Mod Rosdi, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Sharif, Khizar Hayat Durrani


Oman: Ahmed Sultan (captain), Aaqib Ilyas Sulehrim, Ajay Vrajlal Lalcheta, Twinkal Bhandari, Bilal Khan, Khawar Ali, Muhammed Nadeem, Munis Ansari, Muhammad Naseem, Noorul Riaz, Kadir Mohideen, Zeeshan Maqsood, Sufyan Mahmood Muslim, Mahmood Mohammed, Arun Poulose Manavalan, Jatinder Singh


Singapore: Chetan Ramchandra Suryawanshi (captain), Mahboob Amjad, Dharmichand Mulewa, Anish Edward Paraam, Anantha Krishna, Kshitij Ballram Shinde, Parag Dahiwal, Rohan Rangarajan, Suresh Appusamy, Arjun Mutreja, Kumarage Chaminda Ruwan, Vijaya Kumar Selladorre, Janak Prakash, Navin Michael Paraam


Uganda: Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (captain), Arthur Solomon Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Jonathan Sebania, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Laurence Sematimba, Muhammad Sahibzada Irfan, Hamu Begenda Kayondo, Shahzad Ukani


United States of America: Steven Taylor (captain), Akeem Dodson, Alex Amsterdam, Camilus Alexander, Elmore Hutchinson, Fahad Babar, Jasdeep Singh, Mohammed Ibrahim Khaleel, Mrunal Patel, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan, Nosthusha Kenjige, Nicholas Standford, Timil Patel, Timroy Allen


The match officials are:


Match Referee- Dev Govindjee

Mentor Umpire- Shaun George

Umpire- David Odhiambo

Umpire- Buddhi Pradhan

Umpire- Vinay Kumar Jha

Umpire- Kalidas Viswanadan

Umpire- Ian Ramage

Umpire- Akbar Ali Khan

Umpire- Pim Van Liemt

Umpire- Andrew Wynand Louw




23 May: Uganda v Canada (Lugogo); Malaysia v Singapore (Kyambogo); USA v Oman (Entebbe)

24 May: Canada v Oman (Lugogo); Malaysia v USA (Kyambogo); Uganda v Singapore (Entebbe)

25 May: Rest/Reserve

26 May: Singapore v USA (Lugogo); Uganda v Oman (Kyambogo); Canada v Malaysia (Entebbe)

27 May: Uganda v Malaysia (Lugogo); Canada v USA (Kyambogo); Singapore v Oman (Entebbe)

28 May: Rest/Reserve

29 May: Malaysia v Oman (Lugogo); Canada v Singapore (Kyambogo); Uganda v USA (Entebbe)

30 May: Final (Lugogo); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Kyambogo); 5th v 6th Playoff (Entebbe)