Thu, 03/22/2012

Ireland have stormed through their first game in the knockout phase of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai with a facile ten-wicket win over Canada. With stiffer obstacles ahead - Netherlands are next - Ireland will not be complacent but were comfortably superior to the opposition in all departments.

When a wide outswinger from Trent Johnstontempted Hiral Patel to drive and edge to slip, it was the fifth time Ireland had taken a wicket in the first over in their eight games here. Ireland's pace pair has been a key element in their seven-match winning streak and so it was in this game. Johnston was given the Man of the Match accolade for his 2 for 9 from four overs.

"The more games we play, the better I'm getting," he said. "I didn't get a lot of wickets early on in the tournament but I like bowling here. It reminds me of Australian type pitches as there's a bit in it early on. As a bowler you know there's always something there if you're prepared to bend your back."

Canada opted to bat after winning the toss but only Ruvindu Gunasekera bedded down in the face of Johnston and Boyd Rankin's probing. Max Sorensen took a pasting in his first over, going for three boundaries, but redeemed himself on his return with a wicket maiden as the Canada captain Rizwan Cheema tried to clip him over mid-on. Sorensen, who was born in South Africa, took 3 for 7 off his last three overs, after a mixed start to the tournament.


Sat, 03/17/2012

CCO rising stars Subeg Singh and Maninderjit Singh, both from Brampton Ontario never knew the surprise that was waiting for them at the Nagpur facility of the World Cricket Academy (WCA) when they were treated to a practice and training opportunity along with Rahul Dravid, Sreesanth, Shaun Tait and other players from the IPL's Rajsthan Royals. The Royals are training at WCA Nagpur ahead of the 2012 IPL season.    

Canadian players are in Nagpur on a training tour organised by Cricket Council of Ontario with assistance from Cricket Canada. Cricket Canada's senior team have previously trained with WCA coaches and undertook a tour of India in 2010 with WCA assistance. WCA now operates a residential cricket academy in Nagpur, India. Monty Desai, Coach of Rajsthan Royals and an associate of WCA is currently with the Canadian team in Dubai at the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.  

CCO President Leslie Soobrian was excited at the opportunity given to Subeg and Maninder. 
"The boys have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. These youngsters have demonstrated the courage and desire to enhance their skills while learning techniques to further their development.Their parents must be complimented for the support and encouragement given to the boys. We hope one day to see them on our national team. 
The Cricket Council of Ontario is proud of these youngsters and thank all our partners for their part in making this trip a success. Interacting with some of the best cricketers in the world...would give them the confidence to pursue their cricketing career.  
Cricket Council of Ontario wants to focus on this type of development at home  and at the sametime mainstain relationships with such outstanding and high profile academy as the WCA for junior and senior cricketers. These type of coaching exchange is vital for the future of Canadian Cricket  The time has come for all of us to work together in an concerted effort to develop policies and to establish the infrastructure  for coaching. The successes of any great cricket nation have always depended on the quality of their coaching programs and their outreach to beginners and youths. Canadian future successes will only come if we continue to expand and put these mechanisms in place to allow our young and aspiring cricketers to pursue excellence in their cricket career.
I must thank Ranjit Saini for his involement and leadership in making this tour a reality. He is a man of true conviction and a visionary for the future of Canadian Cricket. His ideas and ideals are in the best interest of this sport."
Wed, 03/14/2012

Canada rebounded after a shaky start against Netherlands to notch their first win of the qualifiers, holding on to beat Papua New Guinea by six runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Canada raced away to 38 from the first 3.3 overs, but were slowly pegged back by some economical bowling from Mahuru Dai and Hitolo Areni, who both finished with 1 for 27 from their four overs. Nitish Kumar anchored Canada's innings with 57 from 44 balls while Hiral Patel chipped in with 34. Canada reached 167-5 with other contributions coming from Jimmy Hansra (22), Ruvindu Gunasekera (17) and Rizwan Cheema (17).

PNG got off to a steady start in their chase, led by opener Asad Vala, who made 52. Gerraint Jones provided a useful 39 and PNG took advantage of the absence of Harvir Baidwan with the ball. Despite being one bowler short, Canada kept the asking rate climbing and even with PNG scoring 50 in the last 5 overs the match was just out of reach. Hansra, Patel and Junaid Siddiqui picked up 1 wicket each.

Canada take on Hong Kong tomorrow.


Tue, 03/13/2012

Canada looks to bounce back on day 2 of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Dubai. On Tuesday Canada were crushed by 42 runs by Netherlands and need a victory to vault back into competition.  

Canada's opposition will be Papua New Guinea who played a hard fought 6 wicket loss to Afghanistan on Tuesday. 

Jimmy Hansra (30, 0-11)  top scored for Canada in the loss while Harvir Baidwan (3-29, 21) was the pick of the bowlers. 

All eyes will be on former England wicket keeper Gerraint Jones who is now playing for his country of birth and will be looking to score runs after not troubling the scorers on Tuesday. 

Canada's bats will have to fire for the team to be successful and all eyes will be on the top order to see if they can break out of their funk.


Mon, 03/12/2012

Canada and Netherlands do battle in the tournament opener for both teams at the 2012 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Dubai. Canada will be looking to improve their standing in a tournament where they have only 2 wins across the first 2 editions. Canada beat Netherlands in 2008 on the way to a 5th place finish but were upended by the Dutch in 2010 on the way to a winless tournament. 

Netherlands, who beat England in the 2009 T20 Cricket World Cup, are one of the teams favoured to cause a stir in this tournament. 

They built up valuable experience in this year’s CT20 where they defeated CCC, and that squad will be reinforced by the return of key batsman Tom Cooper, a verteran of South Australia. 

Canada have struggled for wins lately but can draw a measure of confidence with a victory over Sri Lanka 'A' prior to heading to Dubai. 

Rizwan Cheema and Parth Desai have joined the team in Dubai to bolster the squad ahead of the tournament start. 



Mon, 03/12/2012

Monty Desai, the head coach of the Rajasthan Royals of the IPL has joined Cricket Canada as a consultant coach ahead of the T20 Cricket World Cup qualification tournament in UAE. 

Desai comes to Cricket Canada courtesy of the World Cricket Academy  where he worked with Canada's team ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In addition to being head coach of the Royals, Desai has worked with several English counties as well as the MCC and Australia's NSW University. 

Canada's coach Michael Dighton is one of many international coaches that Desai has consulted to. Andy Flower, Alan Butcher, John Childs, Graham Gooch, John Emburey, Pubudu Dassanayake, and Jonty Rodes have all worked with Monty in the past. 

Monty's appointment is for the duration of the qualification tournament which begins on March 13th vs. Netherlands. 

Thu, 03/08/2012

Doug Hannum will join Cricket Canada on March 12th and become the organization's third Chief Executive after 25 years’ of experience in the sport and non-profit sectors.  

Doug has previously served as Executive Director of the Canada Community Assistance Network and Boxing Ontario as well as management positions with the Ontario Soccer Association and Sport Alliance. He brings a strong track record of organizational and governance development, financial management and a passion for the sport sector. 

Doug offered optimisim about the sport and organization.  “I am very excited about participating in the growth of cricket in Canada and look forward to working with the Board of Directors and members of the cricket community to lead Cricket Canada in this time of growth.” 

Wed, 03/07/2012


2010 Champion's York university highlight Canada's entries into the 2012 American College Cricket Championship to be held in Florida next week. York will be joined by 2011 Semi-Finalists from Ryerson as well as McGill University.
McGill University has played a remarkable role in sports in USA & Canada. First it was pivotal in the development of (American) football in 1874
Then in 1875 the first hockey game was played, involving mostly McGill students, who also devised the first hockey rules. In a connection to cricket, shortly after hockey goalies began using cricket leg pads.
Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was a McGill student. Cricket was also played on campus at McGill in the 1800s, and there was a cricket field in the middle of the campus for over 100 years.
McGill Cricket ROSTER :                                           
Shoaib Ahmed Nasir (Captain) ,Saad Ahmad (Vice Captain) ,Sheikh Saad Yousaf ,Mohit Kulkarni ,Shanil Perera ,Atin Ramola ,Omaid Tanoli ,Mustafa Haris Shaikh ,Malik Waleed Tariq ,Osmar Riar ,Mir Abid Ali ,Ahmad Rashid
Canada's Univerisy Championship CANUCRIC will be held in August in Toronto.
Tue, 03/06/2012

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.”

Mon, 03/05/2012

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

Brief Scores

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*

Osinde 2-18-0

Siddiqui 4-31-2

Hansra 3-16-1

Baidwan 4-26-1

Hussain 4-23-1

Aulakh 3-33-1

SL ‘A’

Dilshan Munaweera 21, Dhanushka Gunathilake 12, Bhanuka Rajapaksha 29,

Chamara Silva 45, Chinthika Jayasinghe 24, Suraj Randiv 9*, Denuwan

Rajakuruna 3*