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."

For fans following on facebook, Cricket Canada will be giving away jerseys, caps and other cool Reebok swag. Follow along for your chance to win!


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.



Tue, 01/17/2012

Canada will be looking to break the goose egg at the Caribbean T20 tournament on Tuesday when they take on Guyana.  Canada have struggled to make an impact in the CT20 this year scoring a mere 229 runs and taking 3 wickets in losses to both the Winward and Leeward Islands.

However as the tournament shifts from Antigua to Barbados, Canadian head coach Michael Dighton is upbeat ahead of the contest.

‎" We are looking forward to the clash with Guyana at the Kensington Oval in Barbados after a disappointing start to the tournament ... the boys trained with enthusiasm today at the home club of legendary West Indian opener Desmond Haynes and will be looking to improve on their efforts in Antigua ... We are looking for big things from our own Shiv Chanderpaul, Salman Nazar who cant wait to going head to head with the diminutive WI and Guyanese batsman. Our senior middle order batsman will also be looking to have a greater impact after failing to fire in the first 2 matches. "

The match broadcast starts at 3:00pm EST / 12:00pm PST LIVE IN CANADA on Sportsnet ONE and follow the conversation on Cricket Canada's facebook group with Canadian seamer Harvir Baidwan as he shares his thoughts and comments and gives the fans the opportunity to compete for cool Cricket Canada merchandise.

Fri, 01/13/2012

NORTH SOUND -- The Leeward Islands cruised to an easy eight-wicket win over Canada at the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket championship on Friday behind a game-high 47 runs from Kieran Powell.

Canada (0-2) batted first, but was unable to set a difficult target despite early boundaries from opening partnership Hiral Patel and Zubin Surkari. Canada had put up an attainable 108 runs when the Leeward Islands claimed the final wicket in the last over.

Raza-ur-Rehman led Canada with 30 runs while Patel added 24.

Powell responded with 47 not out, and Javier Liburd added 33 as the Leeward Islands (1-2) reached the necessary 109 runs in just 13.4 overs while losing just two wickets.

Canada next faces Guyana on Tuesday.


Thu, 01/12/2012

Canada (0-1) has lost its opening match of the Caribbean T20 tournament by 9 wickets to Winward Islands (2-0). Skipper Jimmy Hansra called right on the toss and backed his men to put up a score. The powerplay overs may have proved him right as Hiral Patel (11) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (38) raced to 48-1 from 5 overs until Patel's departure sparked a stunning collapse.

Wickets fell in quick succession as only Raza Rehman (34) on debut shepparded the tail to take Canada past the century mark. Canada finished on 111-7 in 20 overs.

In reply, Canada were unable to get early penetration into the Winward Islands attack as only Henry Osinde (1-13) was able to pick up a wicket. Johnson Charles (61) did most of the damage for Winwards as they coasted to a 9 wicket victory.

The match was broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet ONE and was the first time in history that Canada appeared on a major national network in Canada. 


Wed, 01/11/2012

Canada will take on Winward Islands on Wednesday in their first clash of the 2012 CT20 at Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua.  With two days of competition in the books, the table is set for Canada to upset a WInward team, captained by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, that knocked off a heavily favoured Trinidad & Tobago side in the tournament opener on Monday.

The match broadcast, set to begin at 2:50pm (EST), will be Canada's first appearance on a major domestic television network as fans and followers alike will be able to catch all the action LIVE on Rogers Sportsnet ONE.

Canada comes into the match in solid form having won three on the trott in its warm up matches vs local Antigua rep teams and will back themselves under the leadership of captain Jimmy Hansra and tutelage of head coach Michael Dighton to start their 2012 campaign on the right foot.

Join the discussion during the match on Cricket Canada's facebook site and on twitter.

The match will be replayed on Sportsnet World at 11pm (PST).



Fri, 01/06/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce Rogers Sportsnet as the exclusive media partner for the Caribbean T20 in Canada.   Sportsnet  will join existing corporate sponsors Teacher's Scotch Whiskey & Apollo Convention Centre as tournament partners for the event.

For the first time, LIVE CRICKET will be broadcast on a mainstream Canadian network with all of Canada's matches on Sportsnet ONE and the rest of the tournament on Sportsnet World.

In an interview earlier this week, Cricket Canada's 1st Vice President Ravin Moorthy discussed the announcement with Nigel Reed on the lastest episode of World Cricket Weekly TALK.

"To be able to put our (players) on a stage where over 5 million Canadians have the opportunity to watch them play is a major achievement for the organization and our growing sports brand."  Moorthy continued, "Cricket has never had this level of exposure in the country and we will continue to push the sport into the mainstream of Canadian sporting conciousness."

In addition to broadcasting the tournament, the Sportsnet logo will appear front and centre on Canadian team playing jersey's and caps.

A complete broadcast schedule will be available on with promotional spots already running on OMNI and the Sportsnet suite of channels.

Cricket Canada will also launch its new 2012 promotional campain entitled "Represent the RED" during the CT20 broadcasts.  The commercial series of six parts will feature the stories of Hamza Tairq, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Jimmy Hansra, Harvir Baidwan, and Rizwan Cheema.  For a preview of the series, please visit the "Represent the RED" campaign launch site on Facebook.  

Please contact your local cable/sattelite provider to ensure you have Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World for the start of the Caribbean T20 on Monday January 9th.


Trinidad & Tobago, Winward Islands, Guyana, Leeward Islands, Canada.


Barbados, Jamaica, Netherlands, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Sussex.

Canada starts off its campaign in Group A with a match on Wednesday January 11th vs Winward Islands at 3:00pm ET.

Additional details to follow.