Fri, 02/10/2012

Last week, the International Cricket Council released the much-anticipated Woolf Report. The report, which served as an independent review of the ICC governance system made many recommendations, which could serve to radically change the organization of the ICC.

Cricket Canada remains cautiously optimistic that some of the recommendations in the report if implemented could pave the way for an exciting new time for world cricket. Cricket Canada president congratulated the ICC on taking such a brave step in undertaking the governance study. “Firstly the ICC should be congratulated for undertaking such a bold initiative. Putting oneself under the magnifying glass is not an easy thing and we will be interested to see the results of the April meeting”
Among the recommendations that Saini highlighted as allowing Associate Cricket nations like Canada to move forward were the admission of two full members as early as 2013 and the redistribution of funds within the ICC family.
Key items in the report such as distribution of funds based on need basis, granting of full membership for high performance associates with immediate entries, removing test status as a requirement to become a full member and opening the FTP to include more countries are all initiatives that should they be adopted would serve to elevate the profile of Associate nations like Canada.
"In our particular case being a cold weather country, we are forced to undertake major overeseas tours for preparations towards any major qualifiers, like the upcoming T20 CWCQ. In the process much of our funding dissappears in the cost of travel and acoomodation for our team. we would expect that a need basis syetm will likely deal with this issue and create an equal competitive environment ”
Saini continued
“We have kept our eye on full membership as an organization for some time now and are working towards or have achieved many of the requirements already. While there is still much to do, we are hopeful that with a clear and defined path forward we will be able to open more avenues of funding currently not available to us due to lack of exposure to the highest level or ICC policy that closes off avenues of government funding. Participation in multi sport activities such as the Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games  are key requirements for increased government funding."
The ICC's current system of event qualification is a major contributing factor to Canada's athlete's not being eligible for any type of Athlete's assistance available in other sports. 
"As it stands now, much of our ICC funding is targeted towards the Senior Men’s program (this to ensure continued high funding levels) and as such we are unable to invest towards infrastructure development, youth and women’s programs, or any grassroots development in the regions. This is a vicious cycle and if we fail to perform and maintain our high performance associate status, the funding levels will drop iff. Opening up funding opportunities by way of direct funding or an ability to commercialize, our matches by way of the FTP would create resources for us that will develop our player pathways. The ability to attract more dollars into associate nations, especially those with huge commercial potential like Canada, is one of the key elements to this plan.”
The Woolf report will be tabled at the next ICC Board meeting in April.
Wed, 02/08/2012

Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Death of Clifford Cox


OTTAWA, February 7, 2012– It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Clifford Cox, Vice President of Cricket Canada.

Mr. Cox, who immigrated to Canada from England in 1956, was a leading figure in our nation’s cricket scene, both as a player and a builder. He was captain of the Canadian national team before joining the executive board of Cricket Canada, where he served as Vice President and was an enthusiastic supporter of women’s cricket.

In recognition of his service to the sport, the International Cricket Council awarded Mr. Cox with a Centenary Medal in 2009. His home league, the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League, honoured his contributions by introducing the Cliff Cox Medal, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player who also demonstrated good sportsmanship during the season.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Clifford Cox.

Tue, 02/07/2012

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the current 50-Over League played by the top eight Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) will now be called the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCL Championship).

The WCL Championship, together with the ongoing global divisions of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL), provides a dual pathway for all AMs to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015.

The competing teams in the WCL Championship include Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland - all with ODI status - along with the top two sides from WCL Division 2 in 2011, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The event is being played over a two and a half year period, and commenced in 2011. It will conclude towards the end of 2013 after each team has played each other in two matches across seven home or away rounds. Each team will therefore play 14 matches in total.

The top two teams in the WCL Championship will automatically join the ICC’s 10 Full Members in the CWC 2015, which is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"The WCL Championship provides exciting ongoing competition for the top eight AMs through to the end of 2013, with all matches having an impact on ICC Cricket World Cup qualification," said ICC Global Development Manager Tim Anderson.

The bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014. This 10-team event will determine the final two qualifiers into the CWC 2015.

Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong, who finished third and fourth in WCL Division 2 in 2011, will also take part in the CWCQ 2014, while the other two competing teams will be decided via the ongoing WCL divisional structure. 

WCL Division 5 will be hosted in Singapore from February 18 to 25, followed by Division 4 later in 2012, then Division 3 in 2013. The top two teams in Division 3 will play in the CWCQ 2014.

"By both the WCL Championship and divisional events forming part of this qualifying process, not only do the top AMs have the opportunity to play against each other more regularly in matches with significant context, but all ICC Members have the opportunity to qualify for cricket’s flagship global event," added Mr Anderson.

Round three of the WCL Championship begins on 18 February 2012, with Ireland taking on Kenya in Mombasa. WCL Division 5 commences in Singapore on the same day, and will be contested by Argentina, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Malaysia and Singapore. The top two teams will then be promoted to Division 4.


Tue, 02/07/2012

BC has lost one of the longest lasting legendary stalwarts of cricket.  He will be long remembered for his long and dedicated service to cricket both near and far.

As a human being, he was kind, generous, and compassionate and he was endowed with a refreshing sense of humour. Endeared by all, he mixed with players from all backgrounds and levels. He also had a humanitarian instinct and a philanthropic disposition. He was benevolent and generous and helped create opportunities for many promising cricketers.
Throughout his life, he maintained an insatiable passion for cricket.
One of the best ambassadors of BC and Canadian cricket, he took, managed and led touring teams to many parts of the globe. He deflected any focus on himself by calling his team BC Cricket Club, which simultaneously boosted the image of cricket in our province.
He inherited some of the common graces from his dad, whom he was very close to, and whom I met in 1969 in Lancashire when we were on tour. He was always jovial and loved to entertain and make others happy. On tour he would always make sure that each individual was well looked after.
He was captain of the Canadian team of which I was a member from 1969 to 1972. He led with humility, passion and fairness. He himself was a batsman who loved long innings, symbolic of his long service to cricket.
He possessed an uncommon and extensive range of human attributes.
His singing talent won him a regular role in TUTS, an annual musical event at Stanley Park.
He demonstrated and utilized his administrative skills at local, provincial, national and international levels. He would take on any job given to him, and do it well.
Befitting to the BCMCL trophy named after him, his name was synonymous with good sportsmanship, which he epitomised.
He had the personality that united rather than exacerbated differences. During my term as BCCA president in the decade of the nineties, he played a pivotal role in ameliorating relations between BCCA and the BCMCL.
Clifford Cox used his many God given talents and gifts to transform the cricket community wherever it was fortunate to have his presence.
There is so much more that could be said about a man that will leave everyone who met him with an indelible memory.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Doreen and family during this time of grief.
Ben Seebaran is a former Canadian selector and administrator from Vancouver
Tue, 02/07/2012

Hamza Tariq has withdrawn from the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier squad due to personal reasons. The wicket keeper who was behind the stumps for all 4 matches at the recent Caribbean T20 tournament has played 9 T20's for Canada since his debut in 2010.  Tariq will be replaced by the selectors shortly. 

Sun, 02/05/2012

Cricket Canada is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Vice President Clifford Cox. Cliff, a former national team  captain and a fixture in BC cricket for over 4 decades, passed away in Vancouver on Saturday. 

A true sportsman and competitor, he actively competed in and guided the sport for over 70 years.  Currently, Cliff was the 3rd Vice President of Cricket,representing Canada internationally, on the Board of BC Cricket and a registered player for the Meraloma Club.  He was a big advocate for the game and never missed an opportunity to make sure you were up to speed on the latest cricket news.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Doreen, daughters Liz and Joanne and their families, sister Carol and her daughter Mandy.  He will be fondly remembered by his staff, many business associates, cricket, theatrical and close friends.

President Ranjit Saini spoke briefly in Toronto regarding the passing of a dear friend. 

"Cliff Cox was a foundation of Canadian Cricket and a dedicated volunteer. He was a dear friend and a close advisor to me. In all times of difficulties and severe stress I would phone him and seek advice. Cliff brought peace and laughter to my life and was a person that could share my sorrows and excitement. While Cliff will live forever in our hearts, I will miss him dearly every moment of my life."

Details to follow.



Sat, 02/04/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario (CCO) in association with Cricket Canada and World Cricket Academy (WCA) is pleased to announce the 2011 u17 development tour of India The tour is tentatively scheduled from March 10 thru March 24h 2012, coinciding with the March school break.

The focus of the tour would be to develop advanced cricket skills and developing sound habits for a healthy life style and productive life. The tour program has been specially designed for Cricket Canada by the coaches at the WCA. The WCA, which hosted Canada prior to the 2011 Cricket World Cup is renowned the world over for developing high performance cricket athletes. Several WCA coaches have been working with the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals as well as other high performance programs around the world.

The tour will be managed by Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi. Dr. Bhagirathi is an experienced cricket coach with  a doctorate in Physical Education. Dr. Sameer will be assisted by Cricket Canada’s Cricket Operation Officer Ingleton Liburd and Cricket Council of Ontario Coach Mukesh Narula in the organisation and monitoring of the tour related activities.

The tour is being offered as user pay basis but has been heavily subsidized to support maximum participation. The spaces are limited to 15 and are open to members of all Cricket Canada and its affiliated organizations..  In an effort to assist in the development of the America’s region, CCO will also consider candidates from other countries. Players from outside Canada should have their home board contact Cricket Canada for further information.  The discounted cost of the tour is $2560 per participant and includes return airfare from Toronto to Nagpur, shared accommodation, meals and drinks, local transport and training.

Interested candidates must complete the on line applications form on or before Feb 14, 2012 to be considered for the tour. Parental/Guardian consent will be necessary and will be verified before the tour. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required either by a certified Cheque/money order made in favour of Cricket Council of Ontario or by credit card by clicking here on or before Feb 14. 2012.

All participants will be responsible to obtain their own travel documents for the tour. CCO/WCA will provide the necessary invitation letter if necessary to facilitate the application for an Indian Visa.

The tour is tentative and subject to change. All deposits shall be returned should the tour not   progress as scheduled.

For any further enquiries please contact




Wed, 02/01/2012

Canada's Rizwan Cheema will make history this month when he becomes the first Canadian player to be picked up in a Full Member T20 league. After putting up big performances against Sri Lanka, West Indies and England in the past several years, THE BASHA will get his chance to ply his trade professional overseas.

The IPL has not been a fertile hunting ground for players from the Associate nations, with Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate the sole owner of an IPL contract to this point. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), however, stands to be a different proposition. A league rule required each of the six franchises to buy at least one player from an Associate country, a nod to Bangladesh's own history as an Associate.

The players who were snapped up at the player auction earlier this month were Alex Kervezee (Netherlands), Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Rizwan Cheema (Canada), Niall O'Brien (Ireland), Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan) and Freddie Klocker (Denmark). For them, the league is an opportunity to showcase their talents alongside international stars and in front of packed stadiums.

"This is kind of the world stage," Cheema told ESPNcricinfo. "Playing with international players, all the top players from around the world, it is a big chance for the associate players to show their abilities."

Cheema hammered 93 off 71 balls against England in a practice match before the 2011 World Cup to become an instant star in Dhaka. He was bought by the Duronto Rajshahi for US$25,000. Their coach, Khaled Mashud, said Cheema was captain Mushfiqur Rahim's choice. "He is a good all-round cricketer and though we had some options on the table, we went for him," Mashud said. Cheema will be playing alongside the likes of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq and South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir. He said the tournament will be a great way to get vital experience before the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in March, where he will be Canada's vice-captain. "There is a lot to learn because there are so many people coming from all over the world."

The BPL is expected to draw big crowds for its first season and Cheema, who averages 30 at a strike rate of 121.38 from eight Twenty20 internationals, said that playing in front of a lot of people would be great motivation. "It gives you more energy and it really, really excites you. You want to do well when you see a lot of people around. It gives me more confidence."


Mon, 01/23/2012


Trinidad & Tobago put in a clinical performance against Jamaica in the final to win their second consecutive Caribbean T20 title, and once again qualify for the lucrative Champions League T20. Dwayne Bravo played a sensible innings to take T&T towards a decent total; Kieron Pollard, in one 26-run over, changed that from a decent total to a strong one; and then the miserly T&T spinners, along with Ravi Rampaul, choked Jamaica to make sure the victory was by a thumping margin.

Dwayne Bravo's innings was a crucial one, as it held together an innings that showed signs of falling apart. Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo had both been dismissed by the seventh over: Simmons was beaten in the flight by legspinner Odean Brown and edged to the keeper, and Darren Bravo also edged, while poking at an Andre Russell delivery.

Dwayne Bravo showed immediate intent by pulling Russell for four in the ninth over, but lost both Adrian Barath and Denesh Ramdin at the other end in quick succession. Barath was stumped, trying to loft Brown over long-off, and Ramdin, who replaced Daren Ganga as captain before the tournament, was bowled by a Brown flipper.

At that stage, T&T were 65 for 4 in 11.1 overs and in trouble. Dwayne Bravo reacted by lofting Brown for six and then hitting another six off Nikita Miller two overs later. He mixed caution and aggression, rotating the strike in between the big shots and was helped by the fact that Sunil Narine, at the other end, was scoring at a quick rate. Narine rushed to 22 off 15 balls, hitting two sixes, both heaves to the leg side off David Bernard's medium pace.

Pollard, who was later named Man of the Series, was initially happy to play second fiddle to Dwayne Bravo. He was dropped in the 18th over, by Marlon Samuels off Krishmar Santokie. It was the second catch Jamaica had dropped - Shawn Findlay put down a sitter to let Dwayne Bravo off the hook when he was on just 20 - and they would regret them both. Santokie, who should have had Pollard's wicket, was subjected to a mauling by him in the final over of the innings. The second ball was driven for four past cover, and the next three were bludgeoned for sixes: one over long-on, one over long-off and one to midwicket. By the end of it, Santokie, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, had gone for 42 from his four overs.

Canadian's in record numbers watched matches on Sportsnet WORLD and Sportsnet ONE as cricket made its debut on major network television in Canada. 


Sun, 01/22/2012

Two weeks of dramatic and edge of your seat cricket  comes to an end tonight as the Caribbean T20 Final between T&T and Jamaica goes at 7pm Eastern Time.

The match will be shown live on Sportsnet ONE as Red Force (T&T) looks to become the first back to back winners of this event.

On Saturday, Jamaica sealed their place in the final of the Caribbean T20 with a comfortable win over Windward Islands at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Windwards had won four games on the trot in the lead-up to the semis but lost their way with the bat in a crunch game. Opting to bat, they failed to capitalise and soon found themselves struggling at 36 for 4.

Trinidad and Tobago hammered Barbados at the Kensington Oval to book a final clash with Jamaica. On a day where a three-digit score wasn't reached, Barbados, after choosing to bat, were skittled out for 90. After a 17-run opening-wicket stand, their innings never really got going and persistent strikes kept them to a below-par score. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich top-scored with 21 but the T&T bowlers cut through the rest of the line-up. Dwayne Bravo led the way with three wickets, and was assisted by Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, each of whom picked up two wickets in miserly spells.