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.


Sat, 01/21/2012

Twenty-two former and current Members of Parliament have written letters of endorsement for cricket legend, Frederick Heather’s 2012 Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame nomination. Additionally, seven Senators have also put pen to paper to support Heather. The support and praise for Heather’s contributions as a builder of Canadian cricket have been overwhelming with a total of 43 written endorsements.

There are Olympic medalists, CEO’s, mayors, and authors who have joined the effort to have cricket recognized in Canada. Heather’s contributions to cricket can be read on the Cricket Canada website. Unfortunately, Canada does not have a cricket hall of fame, although Heather was inducted into the U.S. Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.

The only avenue for national recognition of cricket is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which currently does not honour a single cricketer. The Hall’s mission is to promote the importance of sport to Canadian culture, families and communities by sharing the compelling stories of our outstanding achievements in Canadian sport.

Our Members of Parliament promote that 2012 be the year Canadians are inspired by Heather’s outstanding achievements, through his inclusion to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Fri, 01/20/2012

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Trinidad & Tobago and the Windward Islands sealed semi-final spots in the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket competition in contrasting fashion on a rain-hit Thursday at Kensington Oval.

Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago were convincing winners over Canada by eight wickets on Duckworth/Lewis method, while Windward Islands snuck home in a much closer contest, scoring the winning run on the last ball to beat Guyana by five wickets.

Canada got off to a rousing start through openers Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera, who added 43 in 6.2 overs.

But once Dwayne Bravo changed the course of the innings with three quick wickets and Kevon Cooper claimed a wicket and a brilliant run out, Canada slumped badly and failed to pass three figures, being limited to 99-9 off 20 overs.

Ravi Rampaul took 4-26 and Bravo 3-20.

In the run chase, Trinidad & Tobago lost two early wickets, and Adrian Barath to a controversial obstructing the field dismissal. But Darren Bravo (42 not out) and Denesh Ramdin (30 not out) shared a stand of 59 to see their side home, reaching the revised target of 91 off 18 overs with only two wickets down and with 17 balls to spare.

Fri, 01/20/2012

Rizwan Cheema has become this first Canadian cricketer to be picked up in an overseas professional T20 league when he was selected in the player auction for hte Bangladesh Premier League.
Cheema was picked up for $25,000 by the Duronto Rajshahi for the 2012 season.
The Bangladesh Premier League will start on February 10, 2012.

Thu, 01/19/2012

The last time Canada and T&T clashed at the CT20, they played a classic nailbiter which T&T won on the last ball of the match. Canada will be looking for a similar performance with a slightly different result as they look for their first win of the CT20 tournament.

Canada's bats showed signs of revival against Guyana but will need another strong effort  to put up a big score against the tournament favorites. Likewise the bowlers will be looking to make their mark for the first time in the tournament, as they have struggled to take wickets in the tournament. 

Players will be playing for pride as well as spots in the 2012 CWCQ Team that will be named later this month. T&T are in a must win situation as they have yet to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. 

Canadian Head Coach Michael Dighton was pleased with his teams effort in training leading up to the clash with T&T.

"We had another solid trianing session yesterday and the boys are looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the best T20 teams in the world."

The coach continued and commented on the tournament so far.

"Whilst we showed some improvement during the match with Guyana as compared to the previous games against Leeward and Winward, the opportunity is there for us to put together a more consistent 40 overs of T20 cricket.  It would be great to finish the tournament on a high as we continue to build towards our ultimate goal of qualifying for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka."

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Wed, 01/18/2012

Canada has lost its third match on the trot at the Caribbean T20 tournament after falling by 8 wickets to Guyana. After winning his third toss in a row, Canada's skipper Jimmy Hansra elected to bat first again and backed his batsmen to put up a fighting total.

Canada gave a creditable account of themselves with the bat, with Ruvindu Gunasekara (38 off 28) and Jimmy Hansra (40 off 36) providing the platform for a score of 143 for 7. Raza Rehman continued his good form picking up 29 off 25 balls and Nitish Kumar 19 off 14 balls contributed down the order as Canada set the fourth highest score in the tournament so far.

Canada's bowlers struggled to pin down the Guyanese batsmen and were not helped by some mistakes in the field early on. After being reprieved in the first over, Guyanese openers Trevon Griffith (22) and Sewarnine Chattergoon (29) raced away in the powerplay and left rest the rest for Narsingh Deonarine , who was the top scorer, with 52 off 32 balls including four fours and two sixes.

Guyana won the match in 17 overs. Canada plays its final game of the tournament Thursday against Trinidad on Sportsnet ONE.