Cricket has taken it place among other great Canadian sports with the news that Cricket Canada has been admitted into the Canadian Olympic Committee. The COC board, at their most recent meeting, took the decision on Canada’s official national sports organization (NSO) for cricket.
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic Movement, including Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means.
By virtue of its admission, Cricket Canada has crossed another hurdle in its quest to see cricket involved in multi-sport games domestically and around the world. Support from the COC is necessary for Canada to put forward initiatives such as the bid to get cricket into the 2015 Pan American games.
Cricket Canada Ranjit Saini spoke shortly after the announcement was made.
“We at Cricket Canada are delighted with the opportunity of having us become a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. This is a dream come true and will now create opportunity for us to seek necessary support from our own Olympic committee to have cricket become a full sport in multi sport events such as Olympics, Commonwealth and Pan Am games”
“Furthermore it also allows us access to vast resources and experience that are available through the Olympic movement in Canada. We have now access to all the knowledge, and support of all those that have made Canada a great sporting country.”
“I am fascinated with the prospects that in my lifetime there will be cricket in the Olympics and that we at Cricket Canada would have played our role in achieving that success. I take this opportunity to thank COC and all my colleagues, ICC Americas, Sports Canada, Martin Grant and all our other friends that contributed towards this effort. This has been a beautiful day.”
Sri Lanka ‘A’ has bested Canada in Colombo.
On Monday, Canada put up 115-6 in 20 overs on the back of 62 from
Jimmy Hansra. Raza Rehman (17) and Harvir Baidwan (15) were the only
other batsmen to reach double figure. The Sri Lankan’s reached the
target in 16 overs for the loss of only 5 wickets. Sri Lanka ‘A’ were
led in the match by World Cup veterans Suraj Randiv and Chamara Silva.
Silva, top scored for Sri Lanka with 45.
Canada bowled out the remaining overs of the match as practice as Sri
Lanka reached 151.
Henry Osinde has been leading the team since Khurram Chohan pulled out
of the tour with an injury
Ruvindu Gunasekera 5, Hiral Patel 6, Tyson Gordon 1, Jimmy Hansra 62,
Raza Rehman 17, Nitish Kumar 2, Rustam Bhatti 2, Harvir Baidwan 15,
Junaid Siddiqui 0, Henry Osinde 0*
Dilshan Munaweera 21, Dhanushka Gunathilake 12, Bhanuka Rajapaksha 29,
Chamara Silva 45, Chinthika Jayasinghe 24, Suraj Randiv 9*, Denuwan
In the aftermath of the fairly radical Woolf report on independent governance for the ICC, one group of cricketing nations has indicated that it wants itsrecommendations implemented. Some of the leading Associate countries would like the Woolf recommendations - about a clear pathway to Full Member status, a fairer financial model with funds distributed on a "needs" basis and the adoption of best governance practices - followed through by the ruling body.
Of these, leading Associates believe the recommendation that Full Member status need not be restricted only to Test playing nations will be key to their game development and financial growth.
A handful of the Full Members have already commented publicly on the report, which has called for sweeping changes in the administration of cricket and the functioning of the ICC. The BCCI's working committee rejected the key recommendations concerning the restructuring of the ICC, but Cricket Australia and the PCB have been more measured in their comments, saying that it would be wrong to reject the report out of hand and that the ICC executive board should seek a consensus among cricket boards before deciding whether to implement it or not.
Canada's tour of Sri Lanka has continued with successive losses to Sri Lanka 'A'.
In MATCH 1 on Wednesday, Canada let Sri Lanka off the hook early with some critical mistakes and allowed the hosts to get to a imposing total of 208 from 20 overs. In reply Canada were 160-8 led by Jimmy Hansra's 46* and a usefull flury from Harvir Baidwan 30.
In MATCH 2 on Thursday's Sri Lanka 'A' again amassed 208. Canada replied all out for 117.
Canadian Bowling Figures:
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
For the year ending December 31,2011
March 30th & April 1st 2012
TO ALL GENERAL/EXECUTIVE MEMBERS; COORDINATORS; COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the
Corporation shall be held at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver,
BC, on Saturday30th March and Sunday 1st April 2012.
Cricket Canada has put a feather in its cap by virtue of its website gocricketgocanada.com. The site has received rave reviews since its launch in mid 2011 and the organization has been awarded this week with an ICC Pepsi Development Award.
The award, for Best Overall Cricket & Marketing Program was given to Cricket Canada after the organization had won the ICC America's regional award earlier in the year.
Cricket Canada's continues to be a global leader making use of social media, web streaming and various high value media platforms to ensure that its website continues to engage a burgeoning supporter base in Canada.
As a testament to success of the website, Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini took to the organization's facebook page to thank all those involved in making this possible:
"It has taken thousands of hours and a very dedicated and committed effort to reach this level of demonstrated excellence."
The website is now a fully bilingual project providing services in both of Canada's official langagues and support to francophone news and media agencies around the world.
Cricket Canada's Brand and Marketing Manager Rathan Moorthy shared his excitement over the ICC recognition.
Canada and Scotland locked horns in an exhibition 50 over match on Canada' first game of their tour of Sri Lanka. Bowling first, Canada restricted Scotland to 164 from 46 overs. Hiral Patel (2-14), Harvir Baidwan (2-18) and Zahid Hussain (2-33) led the way for the Canadian's who looked tidy in the field and displayed a lot of enthusiasm coming off one week of intenstive fitness training
As the clouds rolled in Canada went into bat and were in all sorts of difficulty as Kumar, Patel, Gordon and Gunasekera were all gone within 4 overs as Canada were 24-4 when the match was abandoned due to rain.
T20 ALL STAR CRICKET comes to Toronto May 12th as Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya lead an Asian XI against Rizwan Cheema, Ashish Bagai, Brendan Taylor and the World XI. The match will also include a Bollywood entertainment show featuring Imran Khan.
Cricket is back at Rogers Centre this May and tickets go on sale tomorrow morning on Ticketmaster
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Jimmy Hansra has stepped down as captain of Canada's Senior Men's team. Hansra's decision was conveyed to the board and accepted a short time ago.
In a statement Hansra was upbeat about the upcoming tournament and looked to do his part to ensure Canada qualifies for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup
"I would like to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to lead Canada. In my short stay as Captain, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and have learned a lot in a very short time. It has helped me grow as a cricketer and as an individual. However, looking ahead and putting cricket in front, I believe I need to focus on my game more and I can offer more to Cricket Canada as a player at this moment than a Captain. I am very happy with the organization and I believe we are definitely heading in the right direction. I am looking forward to the upcoming tournament as a player and I am very confident in this team that if we play together, we will qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup and make Canada proud. Thank you once again to everyone involved for your trust and support throughout."
Hansra assumed the captaincy following the Cricket World Cup from Ashish Bagai. At that tournament Hansra was one of Canada's top performers with the bat and ball.
Cricket Canada's Vice President Vimal Hardat confimred that the board had accepted Hansra's resignation.
"Jimmy conveyed to us after the Caribbean T20 tournament his wish to stand down from the captaincy. While we asked him to reconsider we accept his decision and look forward to his future contributions to our organization. Jimmy has been a class act since he joined the program and he carried himself with class throughout his period as captain. We wish him all the best."
Hansra's replacement will be named shortly.
Canada will leave for a tour of Sri Lanka on Saturday prior to the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers which will begin March 13th in UAE.