Tue, 10/11/2016

Canada have named four uncapped players -  Bhavindu Adhihetty, Dilon Hyliger, Varun Sehdev and Shehan Kamileen in their fourteen man squad to take on the USA in the three match 50-overs Auty Cup Series to be played in Los Angeles on October 13, 14 and 16.

Opening batsman Adhihetty represented Canada at the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh recently. He recently played against Bermuda as a youngest member of the Canada Select team and performed well. Varun Sehdev also got the selectors attention with his performance against Bermuda. Heyliger is a good all-rounder while Kamileen is a solid top order batsman.

The team will be led by Nitish Kumar, the newly appointed captain and the youngest player ever to debut for Canada at both ODI and First Class levels. This will be his first tour as the captain of the Canadian team. Commenting on his new role as captain, Kumar said " I am really excited to captain the Canada national team".

The full squad reads: Nitish Kumar - Captain, Bhavindu Adhihetty, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Nikhil Dutta, Varun Sehdev, Dilon Heyliger, Shehan Kamileen, Farhan Malik, Salman Nazar, Cecil Pervez, Parveen Saroye, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq, and Srimantha Wijeyeratne, Davy Jacobs - Coach, Khurram Chohan - Selecor/Asst. Coach, Ingleton Liburd - Manager


Fri, 10/07/2016

Cricket Canada wishes to advise the general public and Cricket stake holders that it has nullified its agreement with Howzatt Productions Ltd, Vancouver for non-performance causes.

Cricket Canada in the very near future will issue a general public notice seeking proposals for a T20 Premiere League to help grow a strong Canadian cricket environment. Cricket Canada wishes to take advantage of its unique position on the globe and to serve the needs of a  vibrant and growing cricket community.

Cricket Canada seeks to work in cooperation with other regional members and stake holders to find a regional solution that will be in everyone’s interest and help grow a competitive cricket environment in North America.

Cricket is played in all 10 provinces in Canada and every province is a member of the Cricket Canada. Cricket is the fastest growing sport in Canada with over 97,000 youth having adopted the game in their schools as of December 2015

Cricket Canada is taking active and planned steps to improve upon the participation, quality of cricket being played at the domestic level, improve the performance of the national teams, governance, increase revenue as well as other resources.

Cricket Canada wishes to thank ICC, Sports Canada, the players and all other stake holders as well as the general public for their continued support. 

Wed, 10/05/2016

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Nitish Kumar as its new captain of the senior men’s national team. Nitish is the youngest player ever to debut for Canada at both First Class and ODI. In August 2009 at age 15 Kumar made his First Class debut against Kenya and a few months later at the age 15 years 273 days became the second youngest ODI player ever.

The 22 year old who has played 16 ODIs along with his 34 List 'A' matches will have the Auty Cup Series as his first task.

Commenting on his new role as captain Nitish said "I am really excited to captain the Canadian National Team. We have a young team and it might take some time to reach our ultimate goal of getting Canada back to where it was.  I think we are headed in the right direction".

Kumar, a top order batsman who is currently playing for the Loughborough Marylebone Cricket Club University (England) was also contracted to the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. He has been long identified as a future leader for Canada and was captain of the Canada squad in the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in the UAE.

The Cricket Canada selection panel had recommended Kumar as the new captain and the Board of Directors unanimously agreed.

Cricket Canada General Manager Ingleton Liburd said "I am pleased with the appointment of Nitish as Captain. Having worked with him in the ICC U19 CWC, I believe that he has what it takes to help in the rebuilding of our national team".

Kumar will join his teammates for a small camp before starting his new role in the in Los Angeles.  

Wed, 08/31/2016

Cricket Canada have selected a High Performance (HP) team to play two matches against Bermuda on September 2nd and 3rd at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City. Bermuda's visit to Canada is part of its preparation for the ICC WCL Division 4 which will take place in California in October/November.

While here Bermuda is expected to play four 50 over matces including the two against the Canada HP team, then they will play TDCA Super Elite finalist Mississauga Ramblers on Tuesday September 6 at Iceland, Mississauga. The final match will be against a Canada Select on Wednesday September 7 at King City. All matches start at 10 am.

Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini said, "Cricket Canada is pleased to host Bermuda and provide an opportunity for our players to gain meaningful experience". 

The Canada HP team is: Srimantha Wijeyeratne (Capt), Varun Sehdev, Shahid Ahmadzai, Charnjit Singh, Sudeepta Aurka, Mark Montfort, Dilon Heyliger, Malinga Gayan, Rayyan Pathan, Azghar Hotak, Parveen Saroye, Saad Bin Zafar, Bhavindu Adihetty, Armaan Kapoor, Daksh Talwar, Faraz Maqsood 

Thu, 08/25/2016

Canada  board members, players and its supporters are deeply saddened to hear sudden passing of Bhan Deonarine.

Bhan was a long-time servant of Cricket in Canada. He was a former Cricket Canada Director however was best known for his role as National Selector and Chairman of Selectors, through the years which oversaw the national men's team to the ICC - International Cricket Council World Cup in 2003 and 2007.

Bhan was a life member, honorary board member, and statesman of the Nova Scotia Cricket Association (NSCA) for well over 40 years, he had overseen cricket survival through both good and lean times in Halifax since the early days of the NSCA. Warmly considered the grandfather of Nova Scotia cricket to modern day players in Halifax, Bhan has served on the NSCA board in just about every imaginable role including President, Secretary, Treasurer and Provincial Director.

NSCA's 'Deonarine Cup' T20 tournament is named in Bhan's honour and is played at the beginning of the every Halifax Cricket League season.

Bhan will be missed by the cricket fraternity but he will forever remain alive in our hearts and memories.

May his Soul Rest in Peace!!


Some responses on hearing of Bhan's passing:


Bhan was a descent and humble human being, who will be very sadly missed...rest in peace my friend...

Ranjit Saini (Toronto)


I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bhan. I remember my first trip to Nova Scotia he opened his home to me. He was such a genuinely good person and had a strong passion for the development of cricket. He will be always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace.

Ingleton Liburd (Toronto)


It was sad to hear of the death of Bhan Deonarine. Bhan served his community both Cricket and Social well. He was the longest serving and a statesman to the Canadian Cricket Selection committee. He will long be remembered by fellow Cricket Administrators and players across the country for his dedication and commitment to Cricket.

May his soul rest in peace.

Calvin Clarke. (Toronto) 


Bhan will be fondly remembered and his contribution to Canadian cricket is much appreciated.

Ben Seebaran (Vancouver)


I'm deeply sadden to know that my friends Bhan's soul has departed for heavenly body.  

I lost a good friend and die heart cricket lover who has immensely contributed for development of cricket not only in NS but also in eastern Canada.  

I've known Bhan for more than 20 years when he started cricket in Halifax with mostly foreign students playing for his team.

Every time I went to NS for cricket, he and his wife always insisted me to stay at their house. And there were not short coming of any kind of hospitality.

 I pray to all mighty God to find a peaceful place in the Heaven for his soul.


Kantilal  (ken) Patel

Umpire Coordinator &

Chairman Umpire Certification (Toronto)


It seems like yesterday that we were all at Ross Lord, me umpiring my first national tournament, he working the sidelines. 

It brings back a lot or memories.

Karran Bayney (Winnipeg)


I am saddened to hear about the passing away of Bhan. He was an admirable man. He was the beacon of the sport of cricket in the Eastern Canada. I had the pleasure of knowing him through our tenure as the members of the Board of Directors of Cricket Canada 2003-2009. I wish our friend a brisk breeze for his journey to the distant horizon. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Please extend my sincere condolences to his family.

Ben Sennik (Toronto)


My sincerest condolences to the Cricket Canada family on losing a true pioneer and a friend of cricket.

His efforts coincided with some of the best times known by the organization and he should be well remembered by us all.

Ravin Moorthy (Calgary)


My heartiest condolences to NSCA and Deonarine family and friends. He will always be remembered for his contribution to cricket in Canada and Nova Scotia region. 

May his soul Rest In Peace.

Vimal Hardat


I am deeply shocked to hear that Bhan's innings is closed. He was good to work with as Chief Selector. He was a very conciliatory man. May his soul rest in peace!!!

Angus Melder (BC)


Wed, 07/13/2016

The Canadian U17 team left today Wednesday (July 13, 2016) for Houston to compete in the ICC Americas U17 Tri-series match play. The tournament format which is a double round robin will start July 14 and all matches will be played at the Moosa Stadium. Teams involved in the tournament are Bermuda, Canada and host USA.

The Canadian squad is:

Arslan Khan - Captain, Akash Gill, Aran Pathmanathan, Baidar Bakht, Blake Seebaran, Emanuel Khokhar, Faisal Jamkhandi, Krishen Samuel, Nashed Uddin, Pieter Pretorius, Prabal Sharma, Pranav Sharma, Ravi Sandhu, Rommel Shahzad. Wijay Senathirajah is the manager and Kulbir Jaswal is the coach.





Thursday, July 14

Canada v USA


Friday, July 15

Canada v Bermuda


Saturday, July 16

USA v Bermuda


Sunday, July 17

USA v Canada


Monday, July 18

Bermuda v Canada


Tuesday, July 19

Bermuda v USA



Tue, 07/12/2016

We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual who can work independently as a High Performance Program Manager deploying a high performance strategy as structured by the High Performance Director.  

Knowledge of working with previous High Performance Programs in any sports environment will be a must. 

Knowledge and proficiency in dealing with data and enabling tools of communication between players, coaches and teams will be considered favorable.

Person must demonstrate previous work experiences within a high performance environment either in an individual capacity or in a team environment. We are keen to hear from former Canadian Olympians.

Person must have the ability to work between software providers and various communication platforms in fine tuning all communications between players, coaches and teams. 

Good knowledge of online and virtual communication tools will be considered favorable along with good knowledge of mobile communications and new/social media tools of engagement.

Candidates must possess can do attitude, embrace challenges, enjoy working independently and virtually, enjoy working with a diverse set of players, coaches and teams, enthusiasm and flexibility to adapt at all times, be obsessed with detail.

For now, this is a part time, flexible hours and can be attended to remotely. There is good possibility of the position becoming full time in the near future.  There will be limited personal interaction and most meetings if necessary can be attended by audio/video conference calls.

Compensation is negotiable and will depend upon the experience  and knowledge

Candidates who meet the above criteria can email their resumes to Ingle Liburd via email. Email: ingletonliburd@cricketcanada.org

Tue, 06/28/2016

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran Zubin Bharucha as Director of Cricket Canada HP Academy. Zubin will lead Cricket Canada's team re-building efforts and setting up of National and Regional HP programs. 

Zubin Bharucha is associated with Institute of Sports, Nagpur India. He is the former coach of Rajasthan Royals, the team that won in the first season of the IPL T20. He recently provided the coaching help to New Delhi Dare Devils.  Zubin has written many coaching materials for cricket organisations such as ECB.

Zubin was the person behind the coaching program for the players in the reality show “Cricket Star” a few years ago. Raw talent from rural areas of India was scouted, trained and then put to compete against Lancashire from England. The Cricket Star team played brilliantly and won.

Cricket Canada has known Zubin for many years for his association with World Cricket Academy (WCA), Nagpur, India.  WCA was Cricket Canada's host for its much talked about tour of India in before the 2011 CWC. Many of Cricket Canada's players that had the opportunity to train with Zubin consider him the best coach that they ever come across. Cricket Canada considers the endorsement very valuable along with the vast knowledge and techniques that Zubin has developed in order to work with the talent. 

Zubin with the active involvement of local coaches will evaluate and create individual training programs for players in the National Team pool, HP Pool (U23’s) and Development Pool (U 17’s). Part of the training program also includes “Coaching of the Coaches”.  Cricket Canada intends to pursue the creation of the regional HP academies that will work in close relationship with the national academy.

Romi Bhinder, the director of Institute of Sports is excited to begin and be part of the Cricket Excellence program of Cricket Canada. While speaking from Nagpur he said…. “This will be Cricket Star Canada…that will begin a new era of cricket in Canada.

Ranjit Saini, president of Cricket Canada is thrilled with the possibilities that are beginning to come into reality.  He thanked the BOD for its support and said… “ It has been in the making for few months now… we have involved senior former players as selectors in the talent search process. Selectors have put together a sizeable list of the new talent that want to be part of this mission… and now the best possible coaching help has been made available. In the very near future, competitive tournaments will be made available against foreign teams… this is all coming together and we will be back where we belong…“  

Tue, 06/21/2016

Cricket Canada is taking steps towards long-term investment in committed cricketers.

Cricket Canada HP Academy is pleased to request nominations for its ongoing search for talented players to be part of the Cricket Canada  HP Academy to strengthen the level of competition at the local level and be part of the national teams.


General Requirements:


The ideal applicant has been a permanent resident of Canada for 4 years or more. However we will consider other applicants as well for the long term objectives of having a strong pool of future players that are eligible to play for Canada. Above enrage fitness standards are either already there or there is a commitment to work towards it.


Applicant must be willing to join a full time academy camp towards the end of the July to early August 2016 for 2 week period in Toronto. Athletes will train regularly and will be monitored and given indivisual traning plans. 


Cricket Canada is in the process of engaging a leading and globally known coach as Director of Cricket Canada HP Academy. The announcement will be made shortly. As soon arrangements have been completed.


Only the committed and those who share the vision of representing Cricket Canada and making a positive difference should apply.


Please apply for one of the 2 categories. Please enter the name of the pool in the subject line of the email. 


High Performance Pool:

Applicants are born on or before 1st September 1998

Applicants shouldn’t have represented Cricket Canada in the past.


Development Pool

Applicant born on or after 2nd Sep 1998

Applicants shouldn’t have represented Cricket Canada in the past.


Deadline for Submission July 1st 2016.


Please note the following:

·         Those that make the HP-Pool program will be enrolled into the Cricket Canada Academy.

·         On completion of the program, candidates will be nominated to represent Canada U19 or Senior Team.

·         National teams are selected from the best players available at that time. There is no guarantee that everyone from HP Academy will make the team.

·         All candidates are required to fulfil the Academy achievement program.

The Details & logistics of the 2nd HP tryouts will be presented in the Cricket Canada Website.

Please provide


1.       Full name of the player:

2.       Age of player ( yyyy-mm-dd)

3.       Player type (e.g.) opener LH batsman. Right Arm off Spinner etc.

4.       Name of the league & Club

5.       Number of years of Canadian Residency/PR/Citizen

6.       Contact, phone, email of player  

7.       Reason’s for the nomination (Accomplishments, statistics, Coaches Notes, Video Clips. Etc…)

Please forward the nomination by July 1st 2016 to:

Philip Navaratne,

Secretary HP Program & Selection,

Cricket Canada

Email: PhilipNavaratne@cricketcanada.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tue, 06/07/2016

Eastern Womens Championship!!

Canadian Women’s Cricket is back on track in Ontario!

Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to invite all women cricket players for Team Ontario selections that will be held at Iceland Cricket Ground in Mississauga on Friday June 10th, 6-8 PM.

Ground Address: 616 Driftcurrent Dr, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3Y8

Trials and practices will be run by reputable coaches Farooq Kirmani, Zubin Surkari and Shah Zafar.

It is time to step forward and grab the opportunity to represent Ontario at the Cricket Canada Eastern Championship to be held on July 1st and 2nd long weekend. The tournament includes 1-40 over game and 2-T20 games!

Players must attend the tryout to be considered for Team Ontario to play in Eastern Championship as well as the National team picked to represent this summer against MCC from England!

To register please visit:  cricketcouncilofontario.ca/registration/

Registration verification will start at 5:30 PM, All registered players are advised to report at the ground and confirm their Eligibility criteria:

1. A permanent resident of Province of Ontario

2 Wear Colour clothing as white balls will be used.