Thu, 12/13/2012


Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the Ontario junior program coaching team.
The team will work under the direct supervision of Shah-Saleem Zafar, in charge of Junior Program Development for Cricket Council of Ontario. The new structure, with qualified coaches is a key area of progression for Ontario junior Cricket development program and the aim is to get more Ontario players to move into high Performance group and ultimately to go on and play for Canada and first class cricket.
I believe all the coaches are passionate about coaching youth, have extensive experience, skills and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to the cricket program in Ontario and Canada.
Farouk Kirmani, who has been recently appointed as Ontario Head Coach will lead the coaching team.
Please join me in welcoming Farouk Kirmani, Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi), Sanjeewa Perera, Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi and Philip Navaratne to the Ontario Cricket Council Coaching team and in congratulating all of them on their new roles. I know they will be
great additions to the Ontario junior program leadership team.
Coaches profile:
Farouk Kirmani:
Former first class player, team Canada Captain, ICC level 1, and Cricket Canada Level 2 certified coach with 10 years cricket coaching experience, specialization in Team Formation, results-focused and challenge-driven cricket coach with extensive experience in junior coaching. He excels in leadership, understands the value of goal setting and the importance of teamwork. He has ability to bounce groom players, and help players improve on weaknesses. He emphasizes that success can only be obtained through hard work and approaching each task with a positive attitude. His career achievements includes – 2 U-15 Championship titles 2008 & 2009, Canadian National U19 Team Coach (ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2009), Assistant Coach to U19 Team World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, Established Canadian Junior Elite Program and Coached Ontario U18 – Canada Cup Title 2012 in Vancouver.
Kantharatnam Shanthikumar. ( Shanthi):
Shanti is a former first class players and member of team Canada and team Bhrain and ICC level 1 certified coach. Shanit has extensive experience in junior coaching in Canada. He has been part of the Ontario and Canada junior program for many years. Shanti was TDCA High Performance coach and Canadian U15 coach that took part in Americas tournament in 2011. His career achievement includes Coach of Canadian u-15, Manager Canadian U-15 team and Ontario U19 at various occasions. He also served as a board member of the Toronto Cricket Association.
Sanjeewa Perera: Sanjeewa is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and Cricket Australia/ICC level 1 certified coach and has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada Level 2 Certification. Sanjeewa has played first class cricket in Sri-Lanka for 6 years. Sanjeewa is currently a head coach of Alliance Cricket Club in Toronto, Coaching two teams. His is responsible for Technical and player development. He is also a member of Cricket Coaches Australia and Coaches Association of Ontario.
Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi: Sameer has strong Ph.D degree in Physical Education, along with Diploma in coaching cricket and ICC level 1 coaching and tutor/assessor certification. Sameer has strong ability to teach youngster basics and fundamentals of cricket. He has been head coach of several universities in India and was head coach Toronto Tower of OPLT20 league. Sameer will be a great asset to the organization to teach fundamentals of the game.
Philip Navaratne: Phil is a former first class cricketer in Sri-Lanka and head coach for Durham Cricket Academy with ICC level 1 certified coach, has National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Canada multi-sports Level 3 Certification, Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1 and Certified Coach Accreditation Tutor Instructor ICC-Level 1. Phil is a head coach for Durham Cricket Academy, Assistant coach for Ontario U18 Canada Cup program 2012. Phil is currently assisting in coaching Cricket Canada U19 program and with the National High performance coaching squad.
Shah-Saleem Zafar: Shah has played cricket at university and District level (grade 1) competition in Karachi, Pakistan, played in Toronto in 1970s. Shah is ICC level 1 certified coach and currently coaching several high performance youth at Cricket Academy Canada in Mississauga. Shah bring vast Experience and knowledge of coaching and coaching education system, sound knowledge of developing cricket structures for junior program, Training under structure programs, Identification of deficiencies and improve upon technical weaknesses and raise tactical Skill awareness along with knowledge to improve mental approach to the game and video Analysis.
Shah Zafar
Cricket Council of Ontario
Mon, 11/26/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the folllwing twenty five players to form Canada's 2013 U19 Training Squad.  The squad is training in preparation for the 2013 ICC Americas tournament (July 7th - 14th) where the winner will advance to the 2013 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

1. Nitish Kumar – Scarborough, Ontario
2. Armaan Kapoor – Brampton, Ontario
3. Nikhil Dutta – Mississauga, Ontario
4. Stephan Joseph – Scarborough, Ontario
5. Siddhanth Shekhar – Mississauga, Ontario
6. Abrash Khan – Mississauga, Ontario
7. Anikit Joshi – Brampton, Ontario
8. Stephen Rajasingam – Toronto, Ontario
9. Prushoth Wijayaraj – Toronto, Ontario
10. Shan Anatharajah – Mississauga, Ontario
11. Manula Adihetly – Toronto, Ontario
12. Arjune Parikh – Mississauga, Ontario
13. Sudeepta Aurka – Calgary, Alberta
14. Farhan Malik – Edmonton, Alberta
15. Wardan Haq – Calgary, Alberta
16. Burhan Barbar – Calgary, Alberta
17. Ankit Karwal – Calgary, Alberta
18. Miraj Patel – Calgary, Alberta
19. Trevor Manoosingh – Winnipeg, Manitoba
20. Vasu Shah – Winnipeg, Manitoba
21. Gurkaran Dhillon – Vancouver, British Columbia
22. Bakshpreet Gill – Vancouver, British Columbia
23. Avneet Virdi – Vancouver, British Columbia
24. Amanpal Gillar – Vancouver, British Columbia
25. Lovejeet Brar- Vancouver, British Columbia
Thu, 11/22/2012

The Cricket Council of Ontario is seeking volunteers from across Ontario to fill key high performance positions within the organization.

1. Volunteer Opportunity for Junior Development Program Committee

The Cricket Council of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (2) to assist Cricket Council of Ontario junior Development Program committee in developing Ontario Junior cricket development program. As a member of the committee, you will play active role in the development and successful operation of a Junior Cricket development program to promote the development of youth cricketers in Ontario.

If your child is playing junior cricket in Ontario, you are eligible to apply to be member of the committee. Additional desired qualifications includes good communication skills, strong organizational skills, team member skills, and ability to manage deadlines. 

The term of a Committee member appointment is two (2) years and is renewable.

If you meet the requirement and interested in the positions, please email your brief CV to Shah Zafar at by December 1st, 2012.

2.  Ontario Selectors (Junior teams U13-19) (3 Position)

The Cricket Council of Ontario is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (3) to assist in selection of Ontario junior teams (U13-19) for various tournaments including Regional Championship and National Championship. As a member of the committee, you will play active role in identifying and selection of players who will most capably representing Ontario at the Regional and National Championship,  tournaments and tours and skill development Camps. 

The preparation of a squad/team is under-taken through Skill development camps, competitions and trials.

Qualification: First Class playing accreditation or equivalent experience is essential with experience in player assessment and selection


·        Sound knowledge of the game at high-level competitions.

·        Understanding of the standards and demands of provincial, national and international competitions.

·        Effective interpersonal skills

·        Understand and exhibit an ability to apply natural justice

·        An objective decision maker

·        Ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality

·        Ability to identify potentially elite players

·        Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a player's performance

·        Ability to judge as to whether a player can make the transition to the next level

·        Ability to assess player's physical and mental attitude

·        Demonstrated success as a selector at a Provincial and/or national elite level

The term of appointment of selection committee member is for one year and is renewable.

If you meet the requirement and interested in the positions, please email your brief CV to Shah Zafar at by December 1st, 2012.


Sat, 11/17/2012

Canada and the USA split two T20 matches on the final day of Canada' s tour of USA on Saturday. Canada ended the tour retaining the Auty Cup wtih a draw, winning the 50 over match and winning one of the two T20 matches. 

Canada's Raza Rehman was the standout player of the tour striking with both the bat and ball in each of the four matches. 


Fri, 11/16/2012

Canada succesfully chased down the USA target of 194 in 46.5 overs on Saturday. Led by a half century from Usman Limbada (64) with support from Ruvindu Gunasekera (40) and Damodar Desarath (37), Canada overcame some early wobbles to coast to a 4 wicket victory. Earlier in the day, Raza Rehman continued his sparkling form on the tour, this time with the ball picking up 5-27 and holding the USA to a subpar total.


Thu, 11/15/2012


Canada's cricket team retained the Auty Cup on Thursday after a draw with the United States in Lauderhill, Fla.
After putting up a total of 196 over its first innings on Wednesday, Canada shut down the American attack. The U.S. managed just 114 runs before all 10 batters were out.
Canadian bowler Junaid Siddiqui accounted for three of the outs, catching two and dismissing the other via leg before wicket.
Canada put up 150 runs by the tea break in its next innings, and decided to bat out for the draw rather than declare and let the U.S. take a run at Canada's totals. Raza-Ur Rehman led Canada with 54 runs.
The two teams meet for a 50-over game on Friday before playing a pair of Twenty20 matches on Saturday.
Sun, 11/11/2012

As Canada's oldest sport, Cricketers have been some of the oldest contributors to our armed services. Many cricketers careers ended in their prime as they left Canada to join war efforts around the world . Today we remember the sacrifice of all who have given their lives in the service of our country.

Fri, 11/09/2012

Former Cricket Canada Treasurer and Umpiring Coordinator Mr. Colin Harvey passed away Sunday in Toronto. A fixture for decades on the T&DCA umpiring circuit, Harvey left an indelable mark on cricket in Canada.

Colin Hoare, a friend and colleague of Mr. Harvey, offered the following tribute. 

“If ever there was an individual whose work extended over more aspects of the game of cricket in the Toronto area than nearly all others, the name of that person is Colin Harvey. Cricket coach, supplier of cricket equipment, highly-respected umpire, dedicated committee member, and thoughtful analyst & contributor when it came to establishing local rules for league competitions – Colin was all of these.

“Colin umpired games in the Toronto & District Cricket League for over two decades. In that time, he earned both the admiration & respect of players & club officials alike for his fairness and for his knowledge of the laws. As the Treasurer of the Canadian Cricket Association, he made sure that the limited funds that were available were put to good use. When the Toronto & District Cricket Association needed help from an umpiring standpoint to ensure that the local rules for the 50-over competition were drafted properly, it was Colin who stepped forward to provide suitable insight.
“Colin is one of those people that one can honestly say made the game of cricket better for the many ways in which he participated. His impact on the game will be remembered for many years to come.”
A service will be held on Tuesday November 13 at the Church of the Transfiguration 111 Manor Rd East at 1 PM followed by a celebration of his life at the Toronto Cricket Club 141 Wilson Ave Toronto
Cricket Canada extends its deepest condolences on behalf of all cricketers in Canada to Mr. Harvey's family.
Tue, 10/16/2012
Halifax Gold, who were the most consistent team in the HCL this year with a success ratio of over 90%, won the HCL 40 over title for the second time in its history with a big win against Halifax Red on Sunday . Gold led by Amit Joshi had also  won 12 out of 14 T20 round robin games but lost a close game to Halifax Blue in the finals on Saturday. The 40 over series was a different story where they won 6 out of 8 games in round robin and then won the finals. They were also a side where most players were picked to represent the Nova Scotia Provincial Squad (Maritime 40 and Atlantic T20 champions).
On Sunday Anuraj Gupta played a great knock in the finals for Halifax Red (65) but chasing 230 against a strong & consistent bowling attack in gloomy conditions was always a difficult task where he had little support from other batsmen. Batting first Halifax Gold in very difficult and swinging conditions (wet outfield) managed to make 230 with a great opening partnership between Amit Joshi and Mohan Pal. The innings was helped along by an excellent finish by Matt Webb who was also the man of the match (he also bowled 8 overs in a stretch taking the big wicket of Gupta) which sealed the game for Gold with a big margin of 87 runs.  
40-over League, Final, Oct 14, Halifax Gold vs Halifax Red
Gold 229/7 (40.0 overs): Matt Webb 66, Amit Joshi 45, Mohan Pal 40, Shailesh Kharol 2/43, Muneeb Ahmedani 2/44
Red 142 all out (27.2 overs): Anuraj Gupta 65, Dinesh Gaddam 33, Daksh Talwar 2/7, Matt Webb 2/41
Result: Halifax Gold won by 87 runs
Man of the Match: Matt Webb
Sun, 10/14/2012

Anmol Zakhmi and Naved Malim guided Halifax Blue to a 5 wicket victory over Halifax Gold on Saturday. With the win, the Blues are the first team in Halifax history to win the Deonaraine Cup (named for former chairman of national selectors Bhan Deonaraine) and the T20 league trophy.


Twenty20 League, Final, Oct 13, Halifax Gold vs Halifax Blue
Gold 93/8 (20.0 overs): Matt Webb 24, Amit Joshi 19, Akhil Kannath Angadi 4/20, Sanjeev Tagra 2/2
Blue 94/5 (18.0 overs): Anmol Zakhmi 36, Naved Malim 27, Ashraf Khan 2/17, Daksh Talwar 1/3
Result: Halifax Blue won by 5 wickets
Man of the Match: Akhil Kannath Angadi

Halifax Blue are back-to-back Twenty20 League Champions (2011 and 2012).