CANADA takes on PNG in the second and final warm up match
Canada lost by 5 wickets in a low scoring match against the Kiwi's in their first warm-up match
Canada has departed for the 2014 under 19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai. The team led by Nitish Kumar will play in Group D with Zimbabwe, South Africa and West Indies. Canada beat Zimbabwe in their last appearance in the u19 World Cup on the way to their best ever finish at the tournament.
Nitish Kumar – Captain (Ontario)
Arman Kapoor – Vice Captain (Ontario)
Sudeepta Aurka (Alberta)
Nikhil Dutta (Ontario)
Amanpal Gillar (British Columbia)
Stephan Joseph (Ontario)
Anikit Joshi (Ontario)
Abraash Khan (Ontario)
Farhan Malik (Alberta)
Trevor Manoosingh (Manitoba)
Stephan Rajasingham (Ontario)
Yug Rao (Ontario)
Vasu Shah (Manitoba)
Talha Sheikh (Ontario)
Keenen Tinto (Ontario)
Ingleton Liburd - Head Coach
Sanjay Thuriasingam - Assistant Coach
Scott Stranger - Physiotherapy
Keith Deonaraine - Match Analyst
Wijay Senithirajah - Manager
Cricket Canada Vice President Amit Joshi was pleased with the team's preparation and wished them well as they left.
"U19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai is a wonderful opportunity for our promising young players ,who are best in Canada ,to compete against the top cricketing countries in the World. We are lucky to have such vast talent within the country but the credit must go to these players, parents, and their coaches for all the efforts and practice that the players have gone through
Our junior program development initiatives included a summer camp, NCL participation and Canada Cup in the last two years and these events have been a huge bonus especially helping national selectors pick the best players from all over Canada. We have been also successful in finding ways to expose a good portion of these junior players to top level competition in other countries where cricket is played year around. Two players who were part of the senior team have just returned from New Zealand and we are positive that experience has helped them gain momentum and perform at the top level."
Niagara based Computan has reaffirmed their continuing support of Canadian cricket by stepping forward and adopting a player as part of the Adopt-a- Player program for Canada's U19 team. The program sees Canadian companies support the U19 team by sponsoring a player in the tournament.
Computan has selected Nikhil Dutta as their sponsored player for the tour.
Cricket Canada thanks Tan Qureshi and his team for their ongoing support.
Winnipeg's Vasu Shah has been added to Canada's u19 World Cup squad replacing British Columbia's Gurk Dhillon. Dhillon suffered a back injury and is unable to travel to UAE. Shah was Canada's u18 wicket keeper in the World Cup Qualiifier held in Toronto in 2013.
Canada and Nepal clash at the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier
Canada looks for a measure of revenge after a shock loss 2 months ago in Dubai. Hong Kong proved their mettle qualifying for the World Twenty20, it promises to be a thrilling contest in New Zealand.
AE captain Khurram Khan put in a solid performance with bat and ball to ensure his side maintained their undefeated record in New Zealand as they recorded a comfortable 80-run win over Canada in Rangiora. UAE posted an imposing 286 for 6 after winning the toss and batting first in an innings highlighted by a 130-run second wicket partnership between Khurram (88) and Amjad Ali (91). Khurram was eventually run out with six overs remaining while Ali was bowled by Khurram Chohan, who finished with Canada's best figures on the day taking 3 for 65, but the rest of the Canadian attack lacked penetration.
In reply, Canada's top order was wiped out inside of five overs to leave them struggling at 9 for 3 before captain Jimmy Hansra partnered with Raza-ur-Rehman to resuscitate the innings with an 89-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, UAE's bowling unit managed to keep the run rate down and Khurram eventually broke the stand by dismissing Rehman at the start of the 30th over for 43. With the required run rate getting out of hand and victory unlikely, Canada focused on batting out all 50 overs. Hansra finished on 100 not out off 119 balls as Canada ended on 206 for 6. Khurram was named Man of the Match after finishing with 2 for 35 in nine overs to go along with his first innings half-century.
Nitish Kumar has been tapped to lead Canada into the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in UAE. The Tournament which runs through February will be Canada's fourth visit to the tournament having previously played in 2002, 2004, and 2010. Future Canadian internationals Ashish Bagai, Umar Bhatti, Karun Jethi, Trevin Bastiampillai, Shaheed Keshvani, Durand Soraine, Bilal Qazi, Hiral Patel, Parth Desai, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Hamza Tariq, Nitish Kumar, Usman Limbada and Rustam Bhatti all have played in this tournament.
This year's squad feature's two players participating in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand, as Nikhil Dutta joins Nitish Kumar on both the senior and juinior squads.
The team is coached by former Canadian captain and one of the all time greats, Ingleton Liburd.