Sun, 08/05/2012

The Western Stallions are the first ever winners of Canada's National Cricket League compeition defeating the Pacific Edge by 76 runs in a rain reduced 26 over match on Sunday.

Batting first, the Stallions were led by Shazad Bashir (89). Bashir shared a 120 run 15 over partnership with Parveen Saroye (38) to pace the Stallions to the imposing total.  Satmaranjit Dhinsa (3-35) was the pick of the bowlers for the Edge.

In reply the Edge never got moving as only Gaurav Singh (38) really troubled the scorers. The Stallion bowlers all picked up a wicket and kept the asking run rate well above par for most of the innings.


All the teams will catch their breath and get ready for the T20 that starts this week.

Sat, 08/04/2012

The Pacific Edge and Western Stallions earned births in the NCL 50 over Final by registering convincing victories over the Prairie Fire and Central Shield respectively on Day 2 with disciplined batting and bowling efforts.

Both teams have gathered momentum through the first 4 days of competition and will lock-up in what is sure to be an entertaining close to the 50 over leg of the competition.

The showdown clash is reminiscent of last year’s NCL T20 Western Division where Alberta and British Columbia met at Edmonton’s Victoria Park with BC taking the Western division title.


Semi-Final 1 :: Central Shield vs Western Stallions
Semi-Final 2 :: Pacific Edge vs Prairie Fire

Cricket Canada welcomes all to King City for both the NCL Final and 3rd place playoff between the Prairie Fire and Central Shield.  Matches start at 11:00am.

For viewers unable to attend the matches, Cricket Canada’s web streaming partner Sorkkam.TV will cover the Final LIVE on their website.

Thu, 08/02/2012

“Spin is King” in difficult batting conditions on Day 1 of the inaugural Cricket Canada National Cricket League as the Prairie Fire and Pacific Edge both register wins and qualify for Day 2 Semi-Finals in the 50 over leg of the tournament.

MATCH 1 :: Pacific Edge vs Eastern Fury :: The partnership of Canadian National Team captain Rizwan Cheema (28 from 38 balls including 4 sixes) and Canada u19 all-rounder Nikhil Dutta (22 from 58 balls) formed the only notable partnership as the Eastern Fury struggled to a paltry 85 all out from 27.3 overs.  The Pacific Edge assault was led by a 4 wicket performance from spinner Rashid Masood (4-33 in 9 overs).

The Pacific Edge run chase was not without incident, however, as they lost 7 wickets to reach the low total in 30.4 overs.  Edge batsman Mandeep Rehan occupied the crease in guiding his team home to victory with a cautiously paced 22 runs from 84 balls, which included a single boundary.

The Edge now advance to a de facto Semi-Final matchup with the Prairie Fire, winners of match 2, for an opportunity to enter Sunday’s Final and be crowned the NCL 50 over champion.  The Eastern Fury, by virtue of having a lower NRR than the Western Stallions, losers of match 2, are now relegated to a development match versus a combined Universities XI and look to re-enter the completion in better form during next week’s T20 leg.


MATCH 2 :: Western Stallions vs Prairie Fire :: Paced by an entertaining 77 run performance from Canadian Trevin Bastiampillai, the Fire put up a total of 180 runs from 43.4 overs that remained out of reach for the Western Stallions who only managed 131 from 34.5 overs in response.

The Western Stallions, captained by Canadian seamer Khurram Chohan (0-16 in 8 overs), started well and were treated to a 2nd over run out of national team batsman Hiral Patel (0) by Zahid Chaudhary and coupled with an aggressive spell by Canada A seamer Grant Broadhurst (2-25 in 6 overs) that saw both Harpartap Singh Sandu and the ever dangerous Raza-Ur Rehman dismissed leaving the Fire reeling at 10-3 from 3.3 overs.

The Western bowling, although tidy at times, seemed to lose the plot and allow the Prairie Fire to consolidate and gather momentum around the partnership of Bastiampillai (76 from 108) and Jatinder Mathuru (30 from 45).

The Stallions requiring 3.6 RPO for victory, suffered at the hands of Prairie Fire spinners who did the lion’s share of damage as Junaid Siddiqui (4-32 in 10 overs), Hiral Patel (2-25 in 4 overs), and Raza-Ur Rehman (3-21 in 9 overs) left the Stallions’ innings well short of the required target.

The Fire will now look forward to a one-off show down with the Pacific Edge for a chance to reach Sunday’s final, while the Stallions, although losing the contest, maintained a better NRR than match 1 losers Eastern Fury, will have an opportunity in a Semi-Final knock out with the Central Shield who make their first appearance in the 2012 NCL after receiving a first round bye.


Tue, 07/31/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the inaugural National Cricket League (NCL) to take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, ON from August 2-11th, 2012.  The five team, ten day event will consist of a multi-format 50 over and T20 competition featuring Canada’s top 65 High Performance & Elite cricketers.

Squads contain a balance of the top 21 HP cricketers and 44 Elite cricketers from across the country to ensure both regional representation and multiple national team members in each representative team to form Cricket Canada’s top tier domestic competition.

Amit Joshi, Tournament Director and Cricket Canada 3rd Vice President offered the following statement in support of the NCL:

"Cricket Canada is excited to launch this unique format where our top high performance cricketers mix up with other elite cricketers in the country to play in what will be a highly competitive tournament. We have worked in conjunction with the ICC to ensure appropriated funding for this and future events and it's compliance to an ICC High Performance Program mandate of supporting a sustainable domestic structure in Associate countries such as Canada. The National Cricket League (NCL) will continue to develop and implement a national HP cricket culture into every region of the country and become an integral pathway to our national teams"

ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, who oversees the global ICC High Performance Program aimed at improving the competitiveness of the best Associate and Affiliate Members, including Canada, added:

“Implementing a sustainable regional competition that provides a clear pathway towards National selection can only be good for Canadian cricket. In a country the size of Canada it means that the best provincial players from east to west will, for the first time in a consistent National competition, be able to prove themselves against their peers and challenge equally for National Team places. Youngsters with ambition will know that, if they are good enough and perform, they can now move from League to Province to NCL Team and then represent their country at the highest level. I look forward to Cricket Canada’s NCL and the Canadian team going from strength to strength in years to come.”

Matches will be played on turf with live ball-by-ball updates on courtesy CricHQ.

Cricket Canada would like to extend a warm invitation to all cricket fans in the region to “Join the Movement” and attend the daily action at King City with friends and family to support their favourite team and athlete.

Regions Title Bar




Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra – Captain – Abbotsford, BC, Sunny Gainder – Abbotsford, BC, Varinder Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Gurpreet Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Rashid Masood – Surrey, BC, Umer Nawaz – Vancouver, BC, Dilpreet Dhillon – Abbotsford, BC, Mandeep Rehan – Surrey, BC, Gaurav Singh – Burnaby, BC, Gurkaran Dhillon – Surrey, BC, Amanpal Gillar – Richmond, BC, Satsmiranjit S Dhindsa – Toronto – ON, Harmanjit Sangha – Surrey, BC, Manjit Singh Sidhu – Surrey, BC

Coach: Thanethiran Kurooparan – Vancouver – BC, Manager: Anil Khanna – Vancouver - BC




Hamza Tariq – Captain – Toronto, ON, Sudeepta Aurka– Calgary, AB, Shehzad Bashir – Edmonton, AB, Grant Broadhurst– Calgary, AB, Zahid Chaudhary – Calgary, AB, Khurram Chohan– Calgary, AB, Parth Desai– Scarborough, ON, Jeremy Gordon– Toronto, ON, Usman Limbada – Scarborough, ON, Farooq Quereshi – Calgary, AB, Parveen Saroye– Calgary, AB, Khurram Tahir – Calgary, AB, Yasoob Ul Haq – Edmonton, AB

Coach: Khurram Chohan – Calgary, AB, Manager: Wasim Khan – Calgary, AB



Henry Osinde – Captain – Toronto, ON, Ahmad Abu Bakar Saadi – Winnipeg, MB, Mohammad (Waleed) Ahmed – Winnipeg, MB, Trevin Bastiampillai – Scarborough, ON, Joseph Lovelace – Winnipeg, MB, Jatinder Matharu – Winnipeg, MB, Trevor Manoosingh – Winnipeg, MB, Hiral Patel– Scarborough, ON, Raza-ur-Rehman – Toronto, ON, Junaid Siddiqui – Scarborough, ON, Harpartap Singh Sandu – Saskatoon, SK, Harpreet Singh – Regina, SK

Coach: Ron Dipchand – Winnipeg, MB, Manager: Hargulshan (Mike) Sharma – Regina, SK




50 Over Squad

Zubin Surkari - Captain,  Dean AbzalTristan AliDarius D’Souza, Rahim Hameidi, Keshavan Juverajan,  Ammar Khalid, Saad Nazar, Rayan Khan Pathan, Tyrone Roberts, Varun Sehdev, Akash Shah, Shahroze Shah, Srimantha Wijeyratne, Saad Bin Zafar

Coach: Mukesh Narulla, Manager: Chris Shaw

T20 Squad

Shahroze Shah - Captain, Gaurav Ahluwalia, Owais Ahmed, Hemlet Gordon, Damien Holder, Keshavan Juverajan, Ammar Khalid, Seenaraine Narine, Ryan Khan Pathan, Ravinderjit Phawaha, Varun Sehdev, Dilshan Sudesh, Srimantha Wijeyaratne, Saad Bin Zafar, Asad Zaidi

Coach: Farouk Kirmani, Manager: Praim Persaud



Rizwan Cheema – Captain – Scarborough, ON, Maninderjit Singh Aulakh- Richmond, BC, Kathir Chenthilnathan - St. John’s, NF, Nikhil Dutta – Mississauga, ON, Sheryas Dhond – Halifax, NS, Ruvindu Gunasekera – Scarborough, ON, Akram Khan – Fredricton, NB, Deepak Pabla - Montreal, PQ, Axay Patel– Montreal, PQ, Harikrishnan Raghuraman – Halifax, NS, Suresh Ramkisoon - Montreal, PQ, Darren Ramsammy - Toronto, ON, Gayan Malinga Wijethilake - Montreal, PQ

Coach: Arvind Patel – Montreal, PQ, Manager: Senthil Selvamani – St. John’s, NF




MATCHES START at 11:00am EXCEPT MATCH 3 & 6 (3:00pm)




Tournament Director       Amit Joshi                   3rd Vice President

Technical Committee      Ingleton Liburd          Domestic Development Manager

                                               Kantilal Patel             Umpiring Coordinator

                                               Calvin Clarke            General Secretary


Cricket Canada is the definitive National Sports Organization (NSO) for cricket in Canada as recognized by the Government of Canada, Sport Canada, and the International Cricket Council.  Cricket Canada’s mission is to govern, develop, and promote cricket for the enjoyment of all Canadians.

About Cricket

International: Cricket is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world and participated in by over 100 countries.   The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body for the sport, has identified North America and China as its two major growth markets.

Domestic: Cricket in Canada has experienced significant growth in participation over the past years with an estimated 40,000 recreational cricketers playing the sport. Cricket is currently established in over 2,000 schools nationally and with investment from Cricket Canada, private corporations, and government funding, is expected to support a 45% annual growth.

Heritage: Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, declared cricket Canada’s first national sport. The world’s first recorded international sporting fixture took place in Montreal, Canada – a cricket match between Canada and the United States in 1844. Canada has participated in four ICC Cricket World Cups; 1979, 2003, 2007, and 2011. 

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup had a global viewership of over 2 billion people. Canada maintains a top 15 international ranking among Men’s, Women’s, U19, and U15 programs and is the highest ranked member of the ICC from the America’s region.

Sun, 07/22/2012

The final stop of the 2012 MCC Tour of Canada provided a last ball thriller ending in a tie.


Canada Select Squad

Suresh Samkisoon - QUE
Waleed Khan - MB
Nikhil Dutta - ON
Raza-ur-Rehman - ON
Ruvindu Gunasekera - ON
Henry Osinde - ON - Captain
Darius D'Souza - ON
Saad Nazar - ON
Junaid Siddiqui - ON
Keshavan Juvarajan - ON
Tristan Ali - ON

Tue, 07/10/2012

As poor weather continued to batter the British Isles, Canada's first ODI against Scotland was officially abandoned on Tuesday. Despite the best efforts of Cricket Scotland and a change of venue ithe second ODI now also looks in doubt due to poor weather. 

Canada and Scotland will take one point each from the first ODI.

Mon, 07/09/2012

Canada fought back from 77 for 6 as Gurkaran Dhillon combined with Trevor Manoosingh and Abrash Khan for two vital partnerships that helped their side chase down a target of 199 in 47 overs to defeat Bermuda by two wickets on Monday at the 2012 ICC Americas U-18 Match Play Camp in Lauderhill, Florida. Dhillon top scored with 63 not out off 100 balls to take Canada across the line in a match that Bermuda seemed destined to win only for Canada to make a great fightback in the last 13 overs.



Thu, 06/28/2012

Cricket Canada is very pleased to announce the hiring of Marcia Barrett as the new Part-Time  Office Manager/Bookkeeper, effective June 26th.  She comes to us from the  Ontario Equestrian Federation where she was Executive Director for 10 years.  We are fortunate to have someone with her skills and background.

She will be working on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

She can be reached at 416-426-7493

Her email is

Please join me in welcoming Marcia to Cricket Canada.















Fri, 06/22/2012

It is with deep sadness and regret that Cricket Canada announces the passing of former Canadian Cricket Association President Jack Kyle on Thursday June 21st, 2012 in Vancouver.

Jack was a tireless supporter of Junior cricket in Western Canada over his 60 years of involvement with the sport.

Generations of young cricketers benefitted from their experiences in his annual camps and programs as he shaped the basis of Canada's junior development pathway.

For his efforts, Jack received the ICC Americas Region Lifetime Award from the late Bob Woolmer in 2004.

He possessed a rapier wit and endless energy that was rivaled only by the late Cliff Cox.  Details regarding funeral arrangements will be made available as released.

Tributes to Jack have poured in from across the region:

"We lost a true champion of Cricket in Canada. RIP Jack Kyle. His legacy in Canadian cricket is unmatched, Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." - Keith Deonarine (National Team Analyst & Prairie Selector)

"I am saddened with a second legendary loss of the year. First Cliff and now Mr. Jack Kyle. RIP Jack and thank you for all that you have taught me about junior cricket and development of the sport. You will be missed." - VImal Hardat (Cricket Canada - 1st Vice President)

"RIP Jack Kyle - you will be missed. 'If you can't catch a tennis ball, you can't catch a cricket ball. Reach out, suck in!'" - Joe Lovelace (Former Canadian U19 cricketer) 

"It was an absolute pleasure to have grown up and participated in the Canadian junior cricket system that Jack built.  He was a shining example of what positive cricket administration can accomplish and his legacy and contribution to cricket will be unmatched." - Ravin Moorthty (Cricket Canada - President)

Eddie Norfolk of has supplied the following notes:

Mr. Jack Kyle became President of the Canadian Cricket Association at the November 1978 Annual General Meeting. This followed the resignation of the previous President, John Cole, after “eleven years of excellent service to our Association”.

Writing as the new President in the “Kyle’s Innings” column of the March 1979 edition of “The Canadian Cricketer”, Mr. Kyle mentioned his introduction to the game:

“My (Jack Kyle’s) involvement with cricket stems from one day in 1939 when our class in Vancouver’s Maple Grove Elementary School was visited by Basil Robinson who announced the formation of a neightbourhood junior cricket team. From that beginning it was not long before I began playing senior cricket as well, including several years with the Vancouver Juniors C.C. before moving on to 1st Division Cricket. British Columbia has a long record of junior development and their 1978 senior Interprovincial side included 7 former B.C. junior players.”

“It was only natural that 12 years ago I felt the need to put something back into the game which had been so good to me, by organizing a junior team in an area of Vancouver close to my original starting place. Encouraged by Peter Molyneux, the dean of Vancouver junior cricket, I moved along to Provincial and then National junior organizing and coaching.

“Many of you, I am sure, feel the same love for cricket and have the same wish to put something back into the game. There are many ways this can be done, from financial support to unpiring. I can assure you that there is no more satisfying way than junior development, whether it be recruiting, organizing, managing, or coaching juniors.”

He then made specific mention of Martin Stead, a member of Canada’s 1979 squad for the World Cup qualification event. A squad that then became Canada’s squad for the 1979 Cricket World Cup due to success on the field in the qualifiers.

“When I look at Martin Stead, selected for Canada’s World Cup team, and remember watching him at age 4 playing with a very small bat outside (and inside!) the boundary at Brockton Point I know that junior development is possible. See what you can do to develop juniors in your area.”

A quick look at Jack Kyle’s playing record, as known through scorecards on “Cricket Archive”, shows he represented British Columbia in the inter-provincial Hiram Walker Cup in 1950, 1952 and 1955. He scored 93 before being run out in a B.C. score of 221 for eight wickets (68 overs) against Manitoba on August 2nd, 1955. He also played for Western Canada against Eastern Canada in 1958. He may well have appeared in other representative matches for which some records may exist at other sources.

Thu, 06/21/2012


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