Wed, 09/28/2011


GOCRICKETGOCANADA.COMsat down with Michael Dighton to find out more about his cricket background, how he plans to adjust to a Canadian lifestyle, and what follower’s of Cricket Canada can expect to see from the national team in the coming years.





Q. Michael, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us.  A lot of folks in Canada will be wondering exactly who is Michael Dighton. Can you tell us a bit about your cricketing background?


A. I would describe myself as a cricketing gypsy and the trend continues in this exciting opportunity as Canada’s National Coach. I grew up in Perth, Western Australia and made my first class debut for WA aged 21 in the 97/98 season as a top order right handed batsman. Teammates included Tom Moody, Justin Langer (who played for the same club side, Scarborough CC), Damien Martyn, Adam Gilchrist and Brendan Julian. I played 12 first class games and 8 list A games from the 97/98 season through to the 2000/2001 season.  I struggled to play regularly due to the fact that many of the above were still playing for WA at that time.


In 2001, I was approached to play for Tasmania where I would play until the end of the 2009/2010 season, playing 50 first class games, 90 list A games and 16 t20 matches. My career highlight was playing in the first Tasmanian side to win the Sheffield Shield domestic first class competition.


I also had stints with Hampshire, Derbyshire and the Netherlands (as overseas player in the English Pro40 competition). I played club cricket for Scarborough in WA, North Hobart in Tasmania as well as for clubs in England, Scotland and the Netherlands.


My coaching experiences include;

·         Assistant coach (batting) for the Netherlands at the 2011 WC

·         Head coach of the Cricket Australia National Emerging Talent Rookie Squad

·         Batting coach of the Tasmanian u23s team

·         Captain/Coach of various club teams at home and abroad


Q. Canada is a long way from Australia and despite our long association with John Davison, many Aussies may not have heard of Canada playing cricket.


A. I know that cricket is a popular sport throughout the country and that there is an abundance of young talent that I am very much looking forward to seeing in action and working with! I know that there is also a rich history and tradition of cricket in Canada




Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing you as you take over this team.


A. The logistical issue springs to mind. Canada is a big country; much like Australia and my initial time will be spent getting a feel for how the players train without having a central training base as such.


Q. What are you most looking forward to about living in Canada.


A. A big traditional Canadian breakfast with plenty of Maple Syrup! I also can’t wait to go to an Ice hockey game as I am told that the atmosphere is electric! I would also love to spend some time in the Canadian wilderness when time permits and I love my fishing, so trying to land a big Atlantic Salmon or ice fishing will be high on my to do list! I have never been skiing either and I am looking forward to having a crack at it.


Q. Obviously being a new coach, you will want to quickly put your unique stamp on the team. What is that going to look like?


A. My focus will be on continual improvement. It provides a fantastic theme and environment in which to work if everyone is looking to become the best cricketer they can possibly be for the good of the team. The players need to be honest with themselves and with one another in an appropriate way and respect what each individual brings to the team.  I want the team to be more consistent on a day to day basis which is a challenge at associate level due to varying circumstances but cannot be used an excuse. I will place a big emphasis on physical preparation and fielding, the two areas that we can control and always improve on. I will encourage an attacking and dynamic brand of cricket combined with smart decision making, because at the end of the day we are in the entertainment business.


Q. Finally, the thing that vexes everyone who moves here…are you looking forward to the Canadian Winter


A. Scares the living daylights out of me! My wife grew up 2 hours north of Chicago and has given me some ideas on what to expect and it sounds interesting. I am very much looking forward to my first white Christmas and the distinct changes to the seasons, something we don’t really get here in Australia

Thanks Michael, we wish you the best of luck!


Mon, 09/26/2011

With the succesful completion of the Cricket Canada/ICC level 1 coaching course in Toronto, Cricket Canada is pleased to annouce the undertaking of  another vital iniative outlined in the 2011-2013 strategic plan. The Cricket Canada Umpiring benchmarking program commences this week with Canada's top umpires assembling in Toronto.   With the active support of the West Indies Cricket Board, this project will be completed during the 2011 National League T20 Championship Final being contested between Ontario and BC. 

Mr. Goaland Greaves, senior umpiring panel member and assesor from WI has been appointed by WICB for this assesment.  During the tournament, Mr. Greaves will provide an assessment of Cricket Canada's umpires and umpiring systems. Cricket Canada will use this information and Mr. Greave's assistance to develop Cricket Canada' elite panel of umpires and standardized umpiring program. 
6 umpires, all holding Cricket Canada Level 3 umpiring certification will stand in the National League T20 final and will be benchmarked against the same criteria that Mr. Greaves uses to train and evaluate the umpires from the West Indies.  The successful umpires shall also play a pivotal role in providing training and assessments of umpires in different regions of the country and help increase the umpiring standards throughout the country.
Cricket Canada will follow up with activities during the upcoming winter and will offer several courses through out the country to bring excellence, uniformity and equality in umpiring standards. The umpiring assessments and up-grading system will be implemented to ensure that Canadian umpires remain current and competent in all parts of the country.
Sun, 09/25/2011

Cricket Canada’s domestic season is coming to and end across the country as league and provincial finals continue to be played in many leagues.


On Saturday, Meraloma’s Cricket Club defeated United Victoria Cricket Club by seven wickets.  United CC batted first and made 156, which Meraloma’s chased down for the loss of 3 wickets. Jon Snow (38*) and Dave McGowan (43) led the way for the BCMCL Champions. Meraloma’s are the Cricket BC champions and will represent BC in the 2012 John Ross Robertson Competition. <SCORECARD>


On Sunday, in a match webcast live across the country, PCB Stallion’s defeated Centurions Cricket Club by 19 runs to with the TDCA Elite division compeition. Batting first, the Stallions were led by Usman Limbada who helped carry them to 208 from 50 overs. In reply, Centurion’s kept the chase close before running out of steam in the final overs to come up just short. 

Wed, 09/21/2011

Cricket Canada is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic CEO to lead the organization in accordance with the 2011-2013 Cricket Canada Strategic plan. The posting closes October 17th for this exciting position.

Please see below for more details.


Thu, 09/15/2011

Calling all coaches...

Cricket Canada is looking for motivated, passionate and skilled cricketers with a keen interest in coaching to puruse the goals laid out in the 2011 Strategic plan. 

Cricket Canada, in association wtih ICC America's will be offering the ICC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Certification Course in Toronto September 23-25th, 2011. 

The offering is the first in a series of initiatives to support Cricket Canada's strategic plan that was released earlier this year. Cricket Canada will be looking to certify as many coaches across Canada on an annual basis. In 2012, the Level 2 course will be offered in conjunction with the West Indies Cricket Board benchmarking Cricket Canada's courses against a top FM international standard.

Positions are being offered in the first course to provinces on the basis of georgraphic and demographic criteria. In accordance with Cricket Canada's goal's laid out in the strategic plan, 6 regional and 20 area coaches will be certified to support and train regional squads in all of our programs. 

In 2012 Cricket Canada's selectors will also be certfied to level 2 in accordance wtih the strategic plans selection criteria and the entire senior selection panel will also partake in this course. 

Cricket Canada is currently in the process of engaging an expert to develop Cricket Canada coaching system that will achieve NCCP and ICC approval. A common curriculum will be developed for Cricket Canada coaches to follow and a process for approved academy certification will also be introduced. Persons participating in the current course would need to take required NCCP courses thru their local coaching association in the Province of their residence.

Candidates with proven cricket credentials and a keen interest in pursuing cricket coaching are encouraged to apply. Should positions not be available for the upcoming course,  candidates will be wait-listed for the next set of courses to be offered in the coming months.


Thu, 09/15/2011

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the dates and format for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in 2012 that will be held in UAE.

The tournament will be held 13-24 March 2012 utilizing five grounds in the country. (Dubai International Cricket Stadium, ICC Global Cricket Academy Ovals 1 and 2, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium)

The tournament format will be as follows :

- Two groups of eight, each team playing each team in their group once
- The top 3 teams in each group will progress to the second round
- The group winners will play each other in a group final which will see the winner of that match qualify for the 2012 T20 CWC. The loser moves into the qualifying final
- The second and third teams in each group cross over wiht the winners meeting in a Preliminary Final.
- The winner for the preliminary final plays the loser of the qualifying final with that match winner moving through to the 2012 T20 CWC

Tue, 09/13/2011

With sadness, Cricket Canada regrets to inform that former Canadian Captain Cecil Marshall passed away this week. 
Below is the announcement as posted in the local newspaper. 

Died peacefully at his home, after a prolonged illness, on Saturday 10th in the care and comfort of his family. He is survived by his 3 children Kathleen Callender, Lisa Marshall and Dr. Peter Marshall, sons in law Andrew Callender and John Bedward, daughter in law Tia Marshall and grand children Matthew Callender, Makenna Marshall and Alyssa and Aliyah Moore and former wife Helen Prince. Cecil's brothers Lennard and Desmond Marshall, sisters Ena Griffith, Yvonne West, Mavis Marshall-Adedeji and Bernice Marshall including several treasured nieces and nephews also mourn his passing.The family is eternally grateful to the many caring friends who contributed to keeping Cecil comfortable,offered kinds words and support, during what was a very difficult time, these include Merle Solomon (Mother of Dr. Peter Marshall) and Pascale Gareau. Cecil is best remembered for his love, passion and dedication to cricket, a game that brought him immense joy and one he had a mastery of and could recall key cricketing milestones and achievements with ease. His fondest memories include representing Canada at the Prudential Cup in 1979, captaining the Canadian team at ICC tournament in England seeing Brian Lara achieve his world test record and anticipating the summer cricket season at the Governor Generals ground in Ottawa for his club. Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday September 14th at 11:00am at the Good Shepherd Church, 3092 Innes Road, Gloucester. Immediately followed by an internment in Montreal at the Mount Royal Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Sun, 09/11/2011

Cricket Alberta and the Manitoba Cricket Association hosted the 2011 Western Canada u19 Intercity Series in Red Deer, AB this past weekend. . Representative squads from Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg  competed for the regional T20 title. 

The tournament was played at the Collicut Centre on Lockwood Avenue & 32nd ST.

DAY 2 SUMMARY (SUN SEP 11th, 2011)

MATCH 4 | Calgary u19 defeat Edmonton u19 
MATCH 5 | Winnipeg u19 defeat Edmonton u19 
MATCH 6 | Calgary u19 defeat Winnipeg u19

DAY 1 SUMMARY (SAT SEP 10th, 2011

MATCH 1 | Calgary u19 defeat Edmonton u19 (by 7 wickets)
Edmonton 73. Azhar Afridi (4) and Veenu Goswami (3)
Calgary. Inderpaul Sidhu (20*), Sudeepta Aurka (19)

MATCH 2 | Winnipeg u19 defeat Edmonton u19 (by 9 wickets - Details to Follow)
Edmonton 78.

MATCH 3 | Calgary u19 defeat Winnipeg u19
Calgary 153. Inderpaul Sidhu (58*), Sudeepta Aurka (32), Veenu Goswami (25).
Manitoba 53. Randhiv (4). Veenu Goswami (3)


09.11.11 | 11:00am EDT | Calgary's Veenu Goswami won the tournament MVP. 

09.09.11 | 1:00pm EDT | The tournament will feature three Canadian u19's players who competed in the recent Global u19 Qualifiers in Ireland. (Sudeepta Aurka - Calgary, Akhlas Umar - Winnipeg, & Trevor Manoosingh - Winnipeg)

09.07.11 | 10:00am EDT | Former Pakistan bowler Saleem Jaffar conducted training sessions in Calgary (Thursday) and Red Deer (Friday) as preparation for the teams ahead of the tournament. 


SATURDAY September 10th, 2011
Match#1 Calgary vs Edmonton | 9:00am --- 12:00pm
Match#2 Edmonton vs Winnipeg | 12:30pm --- 03:30pm
Match#3 Calgary vs Winnipeg | 4:30pm --- 7:30pm

SUNDAY September 11th, 2011
Match#4 Calgary vs Edmonton | 9:00am --- 12:00pm
Match#5 Edmonton vs Winnipeg |12:30pm --- 03:30pm
Match#6 Calgary vs Winnipeg | 4:30pm --- 7:30pm

Closing Ceremony & Trophies | 7:30pm --- 8:00

Fri, 09/09/2011

Ryerson have claimed the 2011 Canadian University Championship in a hard fought contest vs the perenial finalists York University.  



In the Semi Final between Group B Champions Ryerson University and Group A Runner up University of Waterloo, U Waterloo batted first and scored 134/9 in 20 overs. Waleed Cheema scored 67 while Rahat Mirza took 2-36 for Ryerson. In the chase, Ryerson scored 135/4, getting to the target in the final over. Farhan Khan was not out on 44 and Hassan Mirza scored 31. Kumar Erramilli took 3 wickets for Waterloo.

In the second Semi Final between Sheridan College and York University, the crowd saw the most exciting match to date in the tournaments young history. Batting first Sheridan College scored 140. Muzammil Ali scored 47 not out while Mudassir Ali scored 40. Arsalan Qadir took 2-27 for York U.

Chasing 141, York University fell agonizingly short getting to 140, and taking the match to a  super over. Khushroo Wadia Scored 23 while Hassan Chogtai Scored 20 for York. Harman Kahlon took 2-27 for Sheridan. In the Super over, York U Batted first and scored 15 runs with Hassan Chogtai scoring 12 runs. In reply Sheridan College could only manage 12 runs.

In the Final Match, York University batted first. They were cruising on 80/1 powered by Khushroo Wadia’s 41. Parth Raval came into bowl and with a magical spell of 4-9, started a collapse where York U ended up scoring only 110. In the chase for 112, Ryerson cruised losing only 5 wickets. Noman Aslam scored 34.

Hassan Mirza from Ryerson was adjudged the Best Batsman and M.V.P (Best All rounder)  of the Tournament with 210 Runs and 9 wickets.

Parth Raval (Ryerson) was adjusted the man of the match of the finals (9/4) as well as the Best Bowler for the tournament taking 11 wickets giving away only 53 runs.

In the Plate championship McGill University beat Concordia University by 4 wickets.

DAY 3 was the last chance for teams to book a place in the semi finals of the Canadian University Cricket Championship at King City. 

York U 196 (Saif Rahman 34, Hasan Adil 32) Defeated Concordia U (76) by 120 Runs
McMaster 156 Defeated Ryerson 149 by 7 runs.
Brock U 81 Lost to McGill U 82/5 By 5 wickets

Ryerson Became the group B Champions with 15 Points (NRR +1.78) and York U the group Runners UP with 15 points (NRR +1.62). McMaster University also finished at 15 points (NRR +1.06) but fell short on the Net Run Rate.

Sheridan is the group champion in group A with 20 points while U Waterloo 10 Points (NRR +0.31) is the group runner up. Brock U were 3rd in the group with 10 points (NRR +0.11).

Friday Sheridan College faces York U in King City 1A and Ryerson takes on last years Champions U Waterloo at King city 1B. Semi Finals starts at 11AM and Final commencing at 2.30 PM.

Wed, 09/07/2011


In the 2nd day of play at the Canadian Championship, Ryerson University put up a strong performance to defeat York University; then returned,behind the first century of the tournament, 100* by Rahat Mirza to win their 2nd game.
Sheridan College posted 212, and defeated McGill University on the way to the Semi-Finals, having secured 4 wins. Sheridan College was slated to be in the 2011 American College Cricket Spring Break Championship last March, but as a new team was not able to complete the logistics for travel.
DAY 2 SUMMARY:  ( Bowlers’ figures are next to their school-not the usual way, sorry).
Ryerson University 156/5 (Hassan Mirza 60, Nomn Aslam 56, Sufian C 30/3 and Rahat Mirza 33/3) Def. York U 114/all out (Hassan Chogtai 35) by 42 RunsSheridan College 161/8 (Mudassar Ali 52, Taha Ali 14/3 and Nausher Akbar 28/3) Def. U Waterloo 153/7 (Umer Iqbal 82, Vishnu Pothoguna 28 & 14/4, Parneet K 38/3) by 8 Runs


Ryerson U 187/1 (Rahat Mirza 100*, Hassan mirza 65*, Tarun D 14/3, Sufian C 20/3) Def. Concordia 133/8 (Raheel Malik 21) by 54 Runs

UOIT 163/6 (Yug Rao 51, Hardik Kotak 39 & 14/3, Parth Desai 15/3) Def. McGill 101/9 (Mohit Kulkrni 22, Omaid Tanoli 26/3, Mohammed Ali 30/3) by 62 Runs

UOIT 108/all out (Parth Desai 26 & 16/2) Lost to Brock U 72/4 (Umair Srwar 39 &18/3) by 7 Runs D/L

Sheridan College 212 (Mudassar 64, Harman Dhindsa 52*) Def. McGill 106 By 106 runs

University of Toronto forfeited both their games against McMaster University and Concordia University

Sheridan College is going to the Semi Finals with 4 wins and 0 loses as the Group A champion.