Tue, 05/29/2012

I'm giving the couch a break. It needs one. It has provided sterling service over the last seven weeks but it is time to remove my posterior, poke my head outside the front door and reacquaint myself with natural daylight and fresh air.

The Indian Premier League is dangerous. It can become seriously addictive and once you're hooked it's tough to quit. Leaving the couch -- other than for a strategic time out -- becomes a daily battle. Everyday chores are delayed or ignored, and lame excuses are offered in the hope of placating loved ones.

The fifth edition of IPL was tortuous. The plot contained more twists and turns than a theme park rollercoaster. Opting to ignore the drama merely led to a feeling of negligence, an urge to catch up and a resolution that this would not happen again.

It was compelling stuff from beginning to end. Before a ball was bowled the owners of the Pune Warriors kicked up a stink over sponsorship and threatened not to take part at all. In the event, the franchise would hardly have been missed. Its expensively assembled squad failed to launch and limped in at the bottom of the standings.

The best batsman in Twenty20 cricket also missed out. Chris Gayle is a danger to bowlers and spectators alike. He sent a little girl to hospital with a broken nose after clobbering one of his mighty sixes into the crowd. She forgave him when he visited her but probably not the Bangalore franchise. Not even Gayle's monumental efforts were enough to hoist the Royal Challengers into the playoffs.

Mumbai got there but the search for success goes on. For a team so deep in talent, it was another campaign which promised much but ultimately fell flat. History will remember 2012 as the year in which Sachin Tendulkar finally completed a lifetime's work by reaching 100 international centuries, not the one in which he helped his hometown Indians to the IPL title.

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Sun, 05/27/2012

CHENNAI, India -- Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis struck half-centuries to help Kolkata Knight Riders win the Indian Premier League on Sunday, defeating two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a high-scoring final.

Opener Bisla plundered 89 off 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes, while South African Kallis hit 69 off 49 balls, as Kolkata scored 192-5 in 19.4 overs in reply to Chennai's commanding 190-3.

Manoj Tiwary struck two successive boundaries off West Indian pacer Dwayne Bravo to help the visitors clinch a thrilling victory at the Chidambaram Stadium in their first appearance in an IPL final.

Wicketkeeper Bisla, who replaced New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, was effortless in his shot execution as he put on 136 for the second wicket with Kallis after skipper and batting mainstay Gautam Gambhir fell to Australian pace man Ben Hilfenhaus in the opening over.

"I'm feeling very happy I played my part," Bisla said. "Brendon is a class player, his record speaks for himself. "

Bisla was dismissed by South African Albie Morkel, whom he had previously hit for four boundaries in one over, with Kolkata needing 52 off 32 balls. Bravo sent back Laxmi Rathan Shukla for 3 and when India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Yusuf Pathan for one, Kolkata were left needing 27 off 17.

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Fri, 05/25/2012

He was so out of touch they dropped him. They won't do that again. There's more chance of a Martian invasion than Murali Vijay being dropped for Sunday's Indian Premier League final.

The local hero finally came through when it mattered most. The fist pump celebration said it all. This was not a dignified raising of the bat in acknowledgment of a milestone. It was a mixture of personal relief and defiance of his critics. The message was received loud and clear.

It has been a season-long battle. Prior to his brilliant, match-winning century against the Delhi Daredevils, Vijay had flattered to deceive. His patchy form mirrored that of his team -- so much was expected of the Chennai Super Kings but inconsistency appeared the only constant.

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Wed, 05/23/2012

Six of Canada's talented u19 players have been named to the ICC Americas U-19 Development team which will take part in the West Indies Cricket Board Regional U-19 tournament in Barbados later this summer. 

Manny Aulakh, Nitish Kumar, Akash Shah, Darren Ramsammy, Nikhil Dutta and Rayankhan Pathan will join representatives from the United States, Cayman Islands, and Bermuda to form a combined Americas team in the regional West Indies development event.

Fri, 05/18/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the creation of “Ontario Premier League T20” and has provided sanction of the TDCA sponsored proposal to conduct a T20 tournament as “Ontario Premier League T20” or “OPLT20”. The tournament will be played for 10 consecutive days and will involve 4 teams chosen through a draft.

The tournament will be primarily including Ontario registered players that have played in Ontario for at least one full season. Each team must include in the playing 11, at least 2 u19 players. Out of province players may be considered on limited basis provided players produce an NOC from their cricket boards.
 
The tournament has 4 main objectives:
 
1. Provide High Performance Experience to Ontario players
 
2. Provide Quality Cricket entertainment event to draw spectator’s and stake holder
attention
 
3. Attract sponsorships to Ontario cricket by providing a flawless and efficient cricket
event.
 
4. Enhance overall image of cricket by producing and delivering a quality cricket event
More details will be announced in the coming days by the league administration.
Sun, 05/13/2012

Cricket Canada is greatly disappointed by the events following the May 12th All Star T20 event from the Roger’s Centre with respect to unpaid player salaries and have been working with the promoters to resolve the situation amicably. 

We fully understand the frustration felt by the players in question and have reached out to the participating agents to provide copies of their clients’ contracts with event promoters Kat Rose Inc, so that we can engage to explore opportunities to assist in the pursuit of unpaid monies to both the participating players and Cricket Canada.

The event itself was a positive statement for the potential of cricket in Canada with an estimated 12,000 enthusiastic cricket fans in attendance to witness an exciting contest that featured many of our Canadian cricket stars.  We will continue to seek opportunities to host future high profile events and take the necessary steps to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are met accordingly.

Fri, 04/27/2012

Canada squeaked by Argentina by 9 runs in a rain reduced match on Saturday. Durriya Shabbir (13) led the way for the Canadians on the way to 31-4 (5 overs). Argentina replied with 22-6 as Kamcha Mirchandani (2-6) led the way for the Canadian bowlers. 

The win sets up a one game, winner takes all match between Canada and USA for the right to be called tournament champions.

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Mon, 04/16/2012

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will officially launch the CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament on April 18th (see event details below).

The tournament will be held on May 14 to 17 at the Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park, Centennial Park and Sunnybrook Park. The final games of the tournament will be held on June 2 at Summerlea Park.

CIMA has partnered with the City of Toronto since 2005 on cricket projects aimed to engage youth from Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods.

Launch Event | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 10:30 - 11:30a | Metro Hall, Rotunda, 55 John Street, 1st Floor

For further details please visit: www.cima.mayorscricket.com

Mon, 04/02/2012

Cricket Canada’s annual meeting of the Board of Directors concluded this past Sunday from Richmond, BC. 

Highlights from DAY ONE included a review of Cricket Canada’s strategic plan, a commitment to develop sustainable junior pathways, addition of the Newfoundland Cricket Association to the membership body, and a “Call to Action” campaign to foster grass roots, volunteerism, awareness, & participation.

The Cricket Canada Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to former Vice President Clifford Cox and accepted by his wife Doreen in front of several of his friends and family.

DAY TWO was headlined by the election of a new Cricket Canada executive team. First Vice President, Ravin Moorthy was elected as the organization’s President succeeding Ranjit Saini. British Columbia’s Vimal Hardat was re-elected as VP as was Calvin Clarke to his position as board Secretary.  Nova Scotian Amit Joshi  is the new comer to the group being also elected as a VP.

In brief remarks on Monday, Cricket Canada’s new President was grateful for the responsibility given by the board.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for showing their confidence in me to lead Cricket Canada through this important period of growth and development.  Cricket is cross-cultural, generational, and connects millions of Canadians in communities across the country.  Cricket Canada will be calling on all stake holders including Canadian Corporations and the Government of Canada to support the organization through these exciting next steps.”

Ravin is the first Albertan to assume the post of President and has established a solid reputation for consistent success in both program & portfolio managment and organisational governance.  He has held multiple executive positions within Cricket Canada, Cricket Alberta, and the Calgary & District Cricket League during a period of 15 years volunteer service to the sport in Canada.

Moorthy was appreciative of the work done by his predecessor, Ranjit Saini, who had previously held the post since 2010.

“I would like to thank Ranjit for his tireless efforts to move the organization forward during his tenure.  He was instrumental in establishing Cricket Canada’s Summer Festival and played a prominent role in Cricket Canada being accepted into the Canadian Olympic Committee.”

Thu, 03/22/2012

OTTAWA, March 22, 2012–  On Tuesday, Cricket Team Canada won their match against Nepal at the International Cricket Council World T–20 Qualifier. Today, they will face the team from Ireland to contend for an opportunity to compete for a top‑20 world ranking.

As the single largest contributor to sport in Canada, our Government is proud to support Cricket Canada in its goal of further developing the sport of cricket in this country, including increasing their school programs and promoting the participation of women and girls in the sport. In fact, our government was the first to provide program funding from Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program to Cricket Canada in 2007.

We also appreciate the work of the International Cricket Council and their efforts to help Cricket Canada grow and develop the game in Canada. In 2009, over 20,000 children played cricket in both school and community-based development programs. At the high-performance level, Canada has qualified to compete in the past three Cricket World Cups.

As Minister of State (Sport), I offer my best wishes to the members of Cricket Team Canada in their decisive game against Ireland today. Canadians across the country are proud of how far their talent, determination and teamwork have taken them so far.

- Honourable Bal Gosal | Minister of State (Sport)