Wed, 06/22/2011

Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema have inked new deals with Cricket Canada. Two of the biggest hitters in Canada's batting line-up Cheema and Patel are the first two players to sign central contracts for the 2011 season.

Long known as one of Canada's big bats, Cheema has solidified himself as an allrounder picking up 25 wickets in 27 ODI's to go with 599 ODI runs at a healthy strike rate of 117.25.

Patel, one of Canada's dazzling young stars, rose to world wide fame when he pelted Australia for a stunning half century at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. This included the shot of the tournament of Australia's Brett Lee.

Cricket Canada will announce more central contracts as agreements with the players are confirmed.

Tue, 06/21/2011

The International Cricket Council is currently looking for a DPM who will be primarily responsible for overseeing the ICC Regional Development Programme around the world. There are five Regional offices who work directly with ICC?s 95 Associate and Affiliate Members. In line with the ICC's new Strategic Plan from 2011 to 2015, the DPM will have an important role in ICC's efforts to assist these Members significantly increase participation levels in the sport .



Thu, 06/09/2011

Cricket Canada is seeking a High Performance Manager to develop and manage the High Performance Program, Development and Junior Coaching

Reporting to the Chair of the High Performance Committee, the High Performance Manager will be responsible for the following:

Provide Overall Direction for the Cricket Canada High Performance Program
Interface with the International Cricket Council HPM on High Performance Issues
Work with the Chairman of High Performance Committee and National Head Coach to set budget for High Performance Program
Provide Strategic Direction for National HP Program
Liaise with Provincial HP managers and assist in developing and implementing national HP Program
Monitor international high performance trends
Supervise National High Performance Team

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

In-depth knowledge of the game of cricket, both internationally and specific to Canada
Certified Level 2 Coach from a Full Member of the ICC
Knowledge regarding the governance of cricket
Strong computer and financial control skills
Strong team player
Strong organizational and administrative skills
This position requires the applicant to work full time. The position also requires the applicant to travel as a representative of Cricket Canada.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to

The closing date for this competition is Friday June 24, 2011.

Cricket Canada is the national governing body for cricket in Canada and is dedicated to fostering the growth and development of cricket throughout Canada. For further information on Cricket Canada and its initiatives, please review our website 

Wed, 06/08/2011

Defending Intercontinental Cup champion's Afghanistan will visit Canada August 2-5 in the opening match for both teams in the 2011-2013 Intercontinental Cup. Following the match, Afghanistan and Canada will compete in two One Day International Matches and 2 T20 International's. 

After shocking many and qualifying for the 2009-2010 tournament, Afghanistan raced to the top of the table and defeated Scotland in the final match to win the title. Canada, a two time finalist, in contrast struggled in the previous edition of the tournament. Being in winning positions in early matches they were unable to hammer home the advantage, and finished last in the table. The match against Afghanistan in 2010 will be remembered for one of the great chases in the history of First Class Cricket as Afghanistan chased 474 to beat Canada by 6 wickets. 

Canada and Afghanistan have also played some classic limited over matches with Afghanistan holding a 2-1 margin in ODI's and a 3-2 margin overall. Many of the matches have been tightly contested thrillers and fans of both countries can expect more of the same this summer in Toronto. 

Cricket Canada is finalizing venue schedules for the matches and will announce them shortly. The match schedule will be as follows : 

August 2nd - August 5th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan ICC Intercontinental Cup (4-Day Match) 
August 8th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 1st One Day International 
August 9th, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 2nd One Day International 
August 11, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 1st T20 
August 12, 2011 - Canada vs. Afghanistan 2nd T20

The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council as part of its cricket development programme. It is designed to allow Associate Members of the ICC the chance to play first-class cricket matches against teams of similar skill in a competition environment and prepare them for eventual promotion to Test cricket status.The winners of the four-day tournament will receive $100,000 with $40,000 for second place from a total prize fund of $254,000. Ireland are the most successful side in the tournament's history having secured a hat-trick of titles from 2005 to 2007-08.

Sun, 05/29/2011

Ashish Bagai has stepped down as Captain of Canada's Senior Men's team. 

In what was considered a major coup for Cricket Canada in 2009, Bagai left a career as a banker in London, England to take over Canada's captaincy. His presence behind the stumps and in the middle order led to the teams turn around on the field and ultimately pushed the team into the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Bagai was Canada's best batsmen since his return in 2009 and it was at the 2011 Cricket World Cup where he really shone. Earning sharp praise for his presence behind the stumps, Bagai was one of the most watched faces in the tournament staring both on and off the field. 

In a letter to Cricket Canada's board, Bagai said "After a long thought-out evaluation and careful consideration, I have decided to step down as Captain of the Canadian National Cricket Team. It has been an honour to Captain my country in the sport I love and I thank everyone in this organization who helped and supported me throughout my term including administrators, coaches, managers and most of all, the players. I undertook each task over the last two years with the primary objective of moving not just the team but the entire organization forward. I have always had a passion for Canadian cricket and did what I thought would benefit the team and organization in my opinion. 

It has been a great learning experience for me and I wish the next Captain all the best in leading the team forward." 

Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini thanked Bagai for his contributions. 

"Cricket Canada thanks Ashish for his outstanding contribution to Canadian cricket at a time when circumstances were difficult and challenging. I wish him well for a bright and prosperous future and look forward to his continued contribution as a player and strong supporter of Canadian cricket." 

Though returning to his private life, Bagai has informed Cricket Canada of his desire to remain part of the set-up and will make himself available for selection. 


Tue, 05/17/2011

Canada has drawn defending champions Afghanistan in the opening round of the 2011-2013 Intercontinental Cup. The International Cricket Council's first class tournament will feature 8 teams and run over 3 years as opposed to the previous editions which ran over two years.

Joining Canada in the tournament are Afghanistan, Scotland, Ireland, Namibia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and the Netherlands. Canada has not won any of the previous five tournaments but were finalists in 2004 and 2007.

Accompanying this tournament will be a 50 over tournament that creates an international 50 over league. The matches are slated to have full One Day International status however some items are still being reviewed with respect to Namibia and UAE who do not have ODI status. 

The countries are in the process of negotiating match schedules for this associates Future Tours Program and matches will be announced in due course. Afghanistan (June/July 2011), UAE (July/August 2013), and The Netherlands (September 2013) are Canada's home matches in the tournament. Canada will visit Ireland (September 2012), Namibia (March/April 2012), Scotland (June/July 2012), and Kenya (March/April 2013) over the next 3 years. 

The announcement ends speculation about the future of the tournament and gives schedule certainty to the ICC's top Associate member countries for the next several years.

The ICC will make a decision about Canada and other Associates participation in the 2015 World Cup at their annual conference

Sun, 05/15/2011

Cricket Canada completed a successful AGM this past weekend in Montreal. President Ranjit Saini greeted the delegates of the Board of Directors who have assembled early to attend a strategic planning meeting on Friday night. The Board of Directors also passed Cricket Canada's new strategic plan as well as made progress on a new policy and passed other new exciting proposals that will be announced shortly. 

Live Coverage of the AGM was on Facebook and Twitter. 

Cricket Canada Elections Results 

Acclaimed in their positions :

First Vice President - Ravin Moorthy 
Third Vice President - Cliff Cox 
Treasurer - Charles Pais 
Senior Coordinator - Philip Navaratne 
Junior Coordinator - Wijay Senathirajah 
Chairman of Senior Selectors - Chris James 
Chairman of Junior Selectors - Ron Dipchand 
Senior Selectors - Angus Melder, Keith Deonaraine, Ranjit Chaudri, Decourcey Bishop 
Junior Selectors - Jack Kyle, Adnan Kirmani, Wilbert Plummer, Ashish Patel 
Women's Coordinator - Shelly Boardman 

Elected :

Umpires Coordinator - Kantilal Patel
Scorer's Coordinator - Yogesh Shah 


Reigning ICC Intercontinental Cup champions Afghanistan takes on hosts Canada in the third match of the new season starting tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August 2011) in Toronto.

Afghanistan won the final of the competition last year after beating Scotland and the side will be hoping for a strong performance away from home to begin the competition on the right foot and walk away with full points.

Having never won the tournament, Canada will want to make sure it starts positively and begin this year?s season with a victory on home soil.

Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who was the leading wicket-taker in the last tournament with 43 scalps, is confident ahead of the team?s first four-day fixture of the season.

?We?ve played some domestic three-day games in Pakistan and also in Sri Lanka ahead of this first fixture and we?ve been very focused so I hope we take what we?ve learnt with us to Canada for our first match of this competition.

?When we first started playing four-day cricket it took us time to embrace it but now we enjoy it a lot, especially in the last tournament, so hopefully we can enjoy it again this time.

?I?ve never been Canada but we?ve been told the weather will be good and hopefully the wickets will seam around so I?m able to be effective with the ball,? concluded Hamid.

Meanwhile, Canada?s side features some young blood, joining the old guard, with new captain Jimmy Hansra at the helm, who has taken over from fellow squad member Ashish Bagai, who recently relinquished the captaincy that he had held for two years.

The team features a number of young players, including Hiral Patel, while newly appointed skipper Hansra is confident his side can do well: ?We?re a fairly young team and we?re going to be taking what we learnt at the 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup and try to translate that into the four-day competition we?re about to start playing.

?It?s good that we?ve got a three year window for this tournament and it?s good for us to start against the current champions, Afghanistan.

?It?s nice to have a stronger team upfront as it will help us know where we stand and it should help us to prepare for the tournament and the youngsters are ready to go and we?re ready to put up a good show.

?Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera are two good youngsters coming in from our domestic cricket, who also featured at the World Cup, and we?ve good bowlers who will need to help us for this tournament.

?Afghanistan is an experienced side whereas we?re young and we?re trying to bring the passion for Canada and cricket together for this tournament but I feel with a three-year window to play these fixtures we will continue to improve no matter what happens with this first game,? added Hansra.


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Cricket Canada announces squad for Namibia tour April 5th - 12th, 2012. Canada will play both a 4 day Intercontiental cup fixture and two World Cricket League Championship matches from Wanderers in Windhoek, Nambia.

Canada Squad:

Rizwan Cheema (captain), Jimmy Hansra, Rustam Bhatti, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Hiral Patel, Nitish Kumar, Harvir Baidwan, Manninder Aulakh, Henry Osinde, Raza Rehman, Usman Limbada, Junaid Siddiqui, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Durand Sorraine