Mon, 11/18/2013

Hong Kong pulled of a comfortable 53-run victory over Canada in the 23rd match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday (November 18).

Irfan Ahmed and Waqas Barkat, the openers, put on a 102-run stand for the first wicket after Canada won the toss and elected to field. Hiral Patel provided the breakthrough in the 12th over, dismissing Barkat for 31. 
 
Ahmed then held the innings together and shared a 42-run partnership with Nizakat Khan for the fourth wicket and then reached his maiden Twenty20 century in just 53 balls before being dismissed by Harvir Baidwan for 100. Hong Kong ended its innings at 168 for 5.
 
Canada's chase was thwarted by Munir Dar, who dismissed both openers within six overs with only 26 runs on the board. Ashish Bagai (15) and Jimmy Hansara (26) put together 38 runs for the fourth wicket, but Irfan removed the two batsmen off successive balls.
 
The fight went out of Canada after that and though Raza-ur-Rehman (26) put up a fight, the task was always beyond Canada, which slipped to its third successive loss in the tournament, this one by 53 runs.
 
Dar ended with 4 for 17 and Irfan picked up 2 for 22. 
 
Jamie Atkinson, the Hong Kong captain said, “Three wins from three games is excellent. We need to maintain the momentum, be positive and not slide. Next couples of our matches are in three days which will be important for us to win and maintain our top position. 
 
"We have played UAE many times in other ICC tournaments, so we know a lot about their players, obviously they are very strong at home and they work well as a unit.  So basically we need to get together again and keep pushing ourselves, and then we should have a great chance against them.” 
 
Irfan Ahmed, the all-rounder, was named Man of the Match for his 53-ball century and two wickets.
 
“Past few innings have been quite outstanding and to score a hundred in a Twenty20 International and pick up two wickets in two balls was quiet amazing. In terms of T20s performances, can’t really imagine a better performance. Two other lads also picked up points; this shows there is consistency in the side and everyone is contributing,” the captain said.

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Sat, 11/16/2013

Ireland (2-0) squeaked out the tiniest of victories on Saturday defeating Canada (0-2) by 2 runs in the second match for each team at the World Twenty20 Quaifier in Abu Dhabi. 

After winning the toss, Ashish Bagai tossed the Irish in to bat and quickly had them on the back foot as Junaid Siddiqui (1-30) and Harvir Baidwan (2-29) removed the openers leaving Ireland 29-2. The Irish experience prevailed though as O'Brien brothers carried them to 92-4. The introduction of Jimmy Hansra (2-24) saw to it that the O'briens departed in quick fashion. Still very much a contest, some late hitting from Trent Johnston (39*), Gary Wilson (20) and John Mooney (14*) accounted for 38 runs from the last 18 as Ireland reached 168-5 from their 20 overs. The late flourish undid some great work by Canada's bowlers. 

Canada's chase started in disaster as Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema both were trapped for golden ducks leaving Canada reeling for 0-2. Much like they did in 2010 in Toronto however, Ashish Bagai (67*) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (65) took the fight to the Irish putting on a remarkable 125 for the 3rd wicket hauling Canada right into the game. The highest T20i scores for both men could not have come at a better time as Canada chipped away at the large total with relative ease. With Gunaskera gone trying to make hay, Hansra (22*) joined Bagai and the two kept the score ticking over. With 14 required off the last over, Hansra smashed a six bringing the equation to 5 off 2 but it was a bit too much as Canada fell by 2 runs. 

A spiritied peformance against the tournaments top side will be a boost to Canada but at 0-2 there is a lot to do to make it into the next round. Like Canada, the proverbial '6' continue to struggle as only the Irish remain undefeated. Afghanistan, the other side already qualified for the 50 over CWC, are 1-1 joined by Netherlands. Canada, Scotland and Kenya are all 0-2 and will be looking for a big week after the break. Papua New Guinea, Bermuda and Nepal, coached by Canadian Pubudu Dassanayake, are all 2-0 and making noise in group B. 

Canada's next match is Monday against Hong Kong (2-0)

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Sat, 11/16/2013

A lacklustre effort against the United States on Friday see Canada head into Sunday's match against favorites Ireland looking for a much needed win. On Friday, Canada failed to defend a paltry target of 137 as the USA snuck by with a ball to spare. Ireland on the other hand were clincial in disposing of Namibia and they will look to retain their hold on the top of Group A. 

The match can be see live here 

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CANADA Probable :  Ashish Bagai,Jimmy Hansra,Hiral Patel,Harvir Baidwan,Jeremy Gordon,Ruvindu Gunasekera,Rizwan Cheema,Kenneth Kamyuka,Henry Osinde,Raza Rehman

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CANADA : WLWLL
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Wed, 11/13/2013

Canada's second and final warmup match of the  World T20 Qualiifiers ended in a shocking defeat as Bermuda chased down Canada's target of 182 with 3 wickets to spare on the last ball of the innings. 

Batting first behind a swashbuckling 60 (50 balls) from HIral Patel and 28 (13 balls) from Ruvindu Gunaskera, Canada raced to 30-1 inside 3 overs. The pace didn't slow as Ashish Bagai  (47) put on 134 with Patel for the second wicket taking the score to 167-3 before Canada ran out of balls at 182-5 from 20 overs. 

Bermuda were in trouble at 46-3 but recovered behind some stellar middle order batting to get close. With 19 required off the last over, Kwame Tucker and Kamau Leverock took their side over the line with some clean hitting and a bit of good fortune to shock the Canadians. 

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The tournament opens Friday with Canada taking on USA. 

Wed, 11/13/2013

Cricket Canada's launch of the inaugural GO TO BAT for CRICKET CANADA Fundraising Dinner has been re-scheduled for Friday, December 13th.

Being held at Trappers Restaurant at 3479 Yonge Street in Toronto on Friday, December 13, 2013, you are invited to join us for a Cash Bar & Hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée (including a vegetarian option) plus wine, DJ entertainment, a Silent Auction, and meet-&-greet Team Coaches and Players.  Proceeds support junior development and our national teams.

Tickets are $100 per person and you will be provided with a charitable receipt for $50.  Dress code is Cocktail Attire. Tickets can be purchased at http://gotobatdinner.eventbrite.ca

Tue, 11/12/2013

Ashish Bagai  hit his maiden T20 half century as Canada cruised to a 7 wicket win over Afghanistan in the first warm up match of the World Twenty20 qualification tournament in Abu Dhabi this morning. Losing the toss and being put into bowl, Canada remainded disciplined with Henry Osinde (1-21), Harvir Baidwan (1-27), Raza Rehman (2-26), and Junaid Siddiqui (1-14) each picking up wickets to have Afghanistan knocked back for 128-5 from their 20 overs. 

Hiral Patel (10) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (39) started cautiously for Canada and with the lost of Patel, the Captain strode in at 3 putting on 67 runs with Gunasekera and 21 runs with Jimmy Hansra (9) to all but chase down the target. Hansra was stumped late but Bagai and Raza Rehman saw Canada through to the end. 

Canada plays its second warm up match tomorrow against Bermuda. 

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Mon, 11/11/2013

Canada’s senior men’s team arrived in Abu Dhabi today ahead of the International Cricket Council Twenty20 Cricket World Cup Qualification tournament. The tournament starts Thursday across the UAE with Canada looking to lock up one of six spots for the 2014 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup.

Prior to arrival, in Abu Dhabi, the team spent 10 days in Sri Lanka preparing for the tournament. The gruelling training camp included 4 matches against top Sri Lankan sides as well as rival Scotland. Canada finished with a 2-win and 2-loss record including a convincing 6-wicket victory over the Scots. Coach Gus Logie had this to say about the preparation of the team

“We leave Sri Lanka feeling a lot more confident about our ability to play the T20 format… during the past 10 days we saw a marked improvement in our fitness levels, and skills levels. We tried many different batting and bowling combinations, and we are quite confident that we have a good idea of what works.”

Logie’s men will be put to a quick test early as 2010 Champion’s Afghanistan lock horns with Canada in the first warm up game on November 12th, 2013. Canada take on regional rivals Bermuda in another warm-up on November 13th before the tournament starts in earnest on Friday with a match against the United States of America. Canada has never qualified for the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, having been unsuccessful at the previous 3 incarnations of the this tournament.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Hannum believes that this time, Canada will get the correct result.

“This qualification tournament represents the culmination of 8 months of training and preparation for the team. As an organization we have thrown all of our support into the team and we believe that they are completely prepared. Everyone with Cricket Canada believes in this team and we are very confident that they will do their best and qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup next year.”

Canada’s captain Ashish Bagai is playing in his fourth T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The captain, a veteran of three 50 over World Cup Campaigns for Canada believes his team has the right mix to win this tournament.

“Being a Twenty20 short format competition you obviously go in there to finish on top. Our first goal is, however, to qualify, but if you get that far there is no reason any of the top six Associate countries can’t win the tournament…In saying that, it is not going to be easy, we haven’t really had the results we would have wanted in the last year or so. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but we are absolutely going in there to win the tournament”

Tue, 11/05/2013

Fans of the Brampton Beast, the new CHL team, will have an opportunity to support Cricket Canada this weekend at the Beast’s three home games being held November 7th, 8thand 10th at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

Cricket Canada reps will be on hand starting a half-hour before game time to sell their unique, cricket-only 2014 calendars [or click here to purchase], cricket merchandise, and tickets for the upcoming fundraising Dinner to be held on November 29th  at Trapper’s Restaurant in Toronto.  [click here for info and tickets]

If you’re planning on attending one of the games, be sure to check out our exhibit in the arena concourse.  Support cricket development with a purchase!  Great for gifts, too.

 

Sat, 11/02/2013
Canada will be travelling to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) with a mixture of youth and experience, including the returning captain, Ashish Bagai, who had a brief spell out of the game.
 
The tournament, scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 15 to 30 November, will see Canada placed in Group A in Abu Dhabi alongside Namibia, Uganda, USA, Italy, Hong Kong, UAE and current champion Ireland.
 
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Bagai said: “Obviously, Ireland will be favourites in our group, then UAE has been playing decent T20 cricket lately as well and Namibia, so those three are going to be pretty tough games that could go either way. We are going to be preparing as best we can, we’ve done some homework on them and we know that they are the games we need to win if we want to ensure qualification.”
 
Canada has been busy preparing for the tournament and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper explained what the side has been up to, saying, “Our preparation has been going pretty well. We finished our season back home in the beginning of October, which was a good timeframe for the qualifiers.
 
“We then had a couple of weeks off before the team all got together again to train indoors and also have some net sessions. Now the team are in Sri Lanka, we are going to have about 10-12 days in Sri Lanka before we head to Dubai, so, overall the team should be well prepared and in good shape.
 
“In Sri Lanka, we have Scotland and Kenya here as well, so we are trying to play matches against both of those as well as some matches against some combined first class player teams. Then hopefully we can get something to do with Sri Lanka A as well.”
 
Canada finished sixth in the previous event, held in the UAE in 2012, and Bagai, although wanting to improve on the side’s previous performance, is keen simply to finish in the top six to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
 
“Being a Twenty20 short format competition you obviously go in there to finish on top. Our first goal is, however, to qualify, but if you get that far there is no reason any of the top six Associate countries can’t win the tournament.
 
“In saying that, it is not going to be easy, we haven’t really had the results we would have wanted in the last year or so. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but we are absolutely going in there to win the tournament.
 
“Our first match is against the USA and we play them quite a bit and they are neighbours, so there is a natural rivalry. We going to come out hard against all of the teams but it will be good to get that first one out of the way and hopefully have one win under our belt. We will go into that match confident, as we have had some good battles in the past,” said Bagai.
 
The team has been working on improving key elements of its game, explained Bagai, who has represented Canada in 62 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals.
 
“There are a whole bunch of areas that we’ve targeted for our improvement since the last qualifier, I don’t think there is anything there that we are happy with completely, however there are some more than others.
 
“Fielding has obviously been a concern, and it has been a big focus for the last 12 months or so to lift our standard of fielding. Death bowling is another one that we have been working on, finishing off games. Top of the order has also been a problem, losing wickets early, so like I said all three areas are crucial, the first six overs in the batting department, the last six overs in the bowling department and overall fielding,” said Bagai.
 
Identifying the players that fans of the game should keep an eye out for, Bagai named a trio of players. “On the bowling side of things we’ve got a player called Jeremy Gordon who previously played for Guyana as well, he’s a quick bowler and not too many teams have seen him.
 
“He has got some pace and some oomph about him. He’s done really well this season and really matured. He has always had some pace but he has really got some control this year.
 
“On the batting side, two of our young guys Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera have had decent seasons, Ruvindu particularly, he scored a lot of runs this summer against The Netherlands and UAE. He’s going to be the key for us at the top of the order.”
 
Canada’s opening match against the USA will be played at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 15 November.
 
Canada – Ashish Bagai (captain), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq
Thu, 10/03/2013

Cricket Canada announces its launch of the inaugural GO TO BAT for CRICKET CANADA Fundraising Dinner.

Being held at Trappers Restaurant at 3479 Yonge Street in Toronto on Friday, November 29, 2013, you are invited to join us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée (including a vegetarian option), DJ entertainment, a Silent Auction, and meet-&-greet Team Coaches and Players.  Proceeds support junior development and our national teams.

Tickets are $100 per person and you will be provided with a charitable receipt for $50.  Dress code is Cocktail Attire. Tickets can be purchased at http://gotobatdinner.eventbrite.ca