Tue, 01/13/2015

Namibia’s Nicolaas Scholtz: “We as the Namibia National Cricket Team are really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and make our country and supporters proud” Canada’s Jimmy Hansra: “We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa” Nepal’s Paras Khadka: “If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours” Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 will see six Associate teams locking horns in Namibia and Jimmy Hansra of Canada, Nicolaas Scholtz of Namibia, and Paras Khadka of Nepal, say their teams are prepared for a tough battle. During the eight-day tournament that commences on 17 January, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands and Uganda will compete for the opportunity to progress to ICC’s four-day Intercontinental Cup and the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. Canada skipper Jimmy Hansra is looking forward to play in an ICC tournament again: “It will be one year since Canada last participated in an ICC tournament. The team has worked hard over the last year and are looking forward to playing in this important tournament.” There are some youthful additions to Canada’s squad with Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dutta, who both represented Canada at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in UAE at the beginning of 2014, both being called up. Hansra who led the team at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014 in New Zealand, said: “We have played against many, if not all of the teams that are participating in ICC WCL Div. 2, and know what to expect from them. We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa. We have to stick to our strengths and execute our plans, and I have no doubt in the overall ability of this group to do well in this tournament.” Newly-promoted Nepal will be led by veteran skipper Paras Khadka, who said: “Everyone is working hard and we are very keen to play our very best and win the tournament. If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours. It’s a major tournament and everyone is really keen to perform and climb up the divisional ladder.” Nepal has had a big year of international cricket, competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014, and competing on the world stage at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where it beat Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Nepal also won the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Malaysia in October 2014. “This year we played in our first ICC World Twenty20, performed well in the event and once again won ICC WCL Div. 3. Back home, cricket has grown ten folds and has reached another height. We must continue this momentum; our focus is to get into the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup,” said Khadka. Hosts Namibia will be captained by Nicolaas Scholtz who is excited to be playing on home soil: “Namibia is really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and we’re aiming make our country and supporters proud. We are looking forward to some hard competitive cricket and perform in the right spirit and to the maximum of our abilities. “I think we will have a very good chance to win the tournament. We have a really good team, full of energy, with a good mix of experience and youngsters. The team are well-prepared for the tournament and everyone is ready and itching to get going,” said Scholtz. The opening day of the tournament will see Namibia take on Kenya at Wanderers, Netherlands lock horns with Canada at United, and Uganda face Nepal at Wanderers Affies.

Mon, 12/29/2014

Canada will tour Zimbabwe early next year for four fifty-over matches which will form part of Zimbabwe's preparation for the 2015 World Cup and ahead of Canada's World Cricket League Division 2 campaign.

All the matches will take place at Harare Sports Club between January 6 and 12 and Zimbabwe will field an A squad, coached by former first-class player Shepherd Makunura. Stuart Matsikenyeri, who last played for Zimbabwe in 2012, is part of the squad.

The games will afford Zimbabwe's new coach, expected to be named later this week, an opportunity to assess candidates for the World Cup squad which must be named by January 7. Dav Whatmore, the former Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan coach, isthe frontrunner for the job. Whatmore arrived in Harare late Sunday and hoped to seal the deal early this week.

He will inherit a team that has recently returned from an 8-0 blanking in Bangladesh after losing all three Tests and five ODIs and which has little more than a month to prepare for the World Cup. Should Whatmore get the job, he will hold a training camp in Dubai, where it may be possible for other warm-up fixtures to be arranged in addition to the Canada fixtures.

Canada, who lost ODI status in February, have never toured Zimbabwe and only played against them twice. They lost both games - one a tri-series fixture in Port-of-Spain in 2006 and the other a group stage match at the 2011 World Cup - although those matches were against a full Zimbabwe international side and not an A team.

Canada failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup but will use the visit to Zimbabwe as preparation for their WCL Division Two tournament which will take place in Namibia from January 17 to 24.

There, Canada will play the hosts, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal and Uganda with winner going through to the Intercontinental Cup and the World Cricket League Championship, which would be a step to regaining their ODI badge.

Tue, 12/16/2014

The National selectors have named the Canada squad for the ICC WCL Division 2, Namibia from 17th to 24th Jan 2015. Prior to the tournament the team will travel to Zimbabwe from 3rd to 12th January where they will play four matches against Zimbabwe A team.

1. Jimmy Hansra - Captain - BC

2. Rizwan Cheema - ON

3. Ruvindu Gunasekera - ON

4. Nitesh Kumar - ON

5. Srimantha Wijeyeratne - ON

6. Umer Nawaz - BC

7. Cecil Pervez - ON

8. Hamza Tariq - AB

9. Navneet Dhaliwal - ON

10. Varun Sehdev - ON

11. Satsimranjit Dhindsa - ON

12. Parth Desai - ON

13. Nikhil Dutta - ON

14. Durand Soraine - ON

Reserves -

1. Trevin Bastiampillai - ON

2. Awais Ahmed - BC

3. Usman Limbada - ON

4. Farhan Malik.- AB

Coach - Mukesh Narula

Manager - Naresh Jain

Fri, 12/12/2014

Friday 12th December, 2014 – Kingston, Jamaica: The Caribbean Premier league (CPL) today announced a new initiative for the 2015 edition, geared towards providing an opportunity for the best U-19 cricketers from the Caribbean, and developing players from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Associate Members in the Americas region, to make the final squad of one of the six franchises taking part in the tournament.

One player from the ICC Associate Members in the Americas region will be assigned to each of the franchises and invited to the training camps being held ahead of the tournament. The young cricketers will join four U-19 West Indies players who will also be assigned to each of the franchises and attend the training camps.

Last year, the U-19 West Indies players attended the camps, but were not eligible to make the final team squads and take part in matches during the league. This will change in 2015, as one of the five young players will make the final squad and be available to play in the tournament proper.

Commenting on the initiative, CPL Cricket Operations Director, Michael Hall, said; “This provides an excellent opportunity for a young player to get a taste of life as a professional cricketer – the travel, the daily practice sessions and the intensity of the actual competition. We took the decision based on feedback from the coaches who were involved last year – they all felt that there was enough talent at the U-19 level to warrant creating an additional roster spot for one of them.”

ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Ben Kavenagh, welcomed the opportunity being afforded to the cricketers from the Americas. He said; “We have selected a squad of 12 players to take part in an ICC Americas Talent Development Camp in Barbados from December 14th to 21st, which will be staged in conjunction with the WICB High Performance Centre and Barbados Cricket Association. The squad has been selected from the best U17’s from our August Match Play Camp, the best U-19s from our team in the WICB U-19 event in Guyana and some U-23 players who are currently playing in senior national teams.”

Six players will be selected following the Talent Development Camp, and will be assigned to a CPL Franchise, where they will join their West Indies U-19 counterparts who, as was the case last year, will be selected by their local territorial boards. Each franchise will then select one player to be a part of its final squad. Final CPL squad rosters for the 2015 season will be increased from 15 to 16.

Tue, 12/02/2014

As the cricket world continues to mourn the passing of Phillip Hughes and prepares for  his funeral on Wednesday December 3, 2pm AEDT (10pm December 2 ET Canada), at Macksville High School, Macksville, New South Wales, all connected with Cricket Canada have expressed its deepest condolences to Phil Hughes’ family, friends and the Australian cricket fraternity.

For those who wish to watch the funeral service, both television and radio streams will be available through www.cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live app, with updates throughout provided via www.cricket.com.au's social media channels.

May his soul rest in peace.

Sun, 11/23/2014

National Women's Team is in the process of identifying new talent and enhancing skills among existing players. Try outs will be held every Monday. Select players will be identified from these sessions and will be part of the training squad for up coming tours/competitions next year.  

 

Details:

Schedule: Nov 24th to Dec 15th.  Time: 6:30 pm  Location: Sorrkam"

Contact Information: Sentill Selvamani (sentillselvamani@cricketcanada.org

Wed, 09/17/2014

Cricket Canada (CC) is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to fill one Directors position to be elected to the CC Board of Directors. Cricket Canada is the national sport governing body for the sport of cricket in Canada.

Cricket Canada is looking for persons of diverse backgrounds who want to be actively involved in the organization. This is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for the sport, has business expertise and a professional approach, to contribute and make a difference within the Canadian cricket community.

If you meet these requirements and you are interested in contributing to our organization, please send a resume and letter of interest to Ingleton Liburd at ingletonliburd@cricketcanada.org by October 3rd, 2014.

Tue, 08/26/2014

North Field, National Sports Centre (United States won toss): Canada beat United States by 82 runs

Canada won the ICC Americas Under-17 Match Play Tournament with a game to spare after handing the United States a heavy defeat yesterday.

The Canadians, who received solid contributions from their top-order batsmen, rattled up 212 for seven in their allotted overs after being asked to bat on a flat track.

In reply, the US folded for 130 in the 41st over to leave Canada’s unbeaten record intact.

“We really stood up today when it mattered,” Errol Barrow, the Canada coach, said. “We executed the plan that we came out here with and it made me pleased as a coach.”

The Canadians were never really troubled during their innings and excellent running between the stumps and disciplined batting led to them virtually batting the Americans out of the match.

Abraash Khan played a genuine captain’s innings for Canada, gathering 61 from 52 balls, with eight boundaries. The right-handed bat came to the crease with his team comfortably poised at 102 for two and shared in several useful partnerships that kept the Canadians on course for a decent total for their bowlers to defend.

Openers Harsh Thaker and Thursaanth Anantharajan got Canada off to a flyer, putting on 60 runs for the first wicket in 13 overs, with the latter dominating the stand with 48 from 81 balls.

“My top order put their hands up today and delivered,” Barrow said.

Canada lost three wickets for ten runs in the space of two overs trying to accelerate the run-rate in the closing overs, but by then the damage had been done.

The Americans used seven bowlers in vain trying to dismiss the Canadians, with Jash Patel, the left-arm spinner, whose arsenal includes the chinaman, reaping the most success with two for 26.

Asked to score at a little more than four runs per over in reply, the US found themselves in early trouble at 19 for two in the fifth over of their innings. Kushai Ganji and Jash Patel added 38 runs for the third wicket to memontarily halt the slide.

But once Ganji departed in the thirteenth over, caught off the left-arm spin of Kurt Ramdath for 28, wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals, as the Canada attack tightened the screws while bowling a steady line and length. Early-order bats Mohak Buch and Sagar Patel and middle-order bats Arjun Patel and Novendra Boodhoo were the remaining US batsmen managing double figures.

Had it not been for the 22 extras Canada leaked, the US might have been dismissed even cheaper. Thaker, the off spinner, took three for 26 bowling his allotted ten overs unchanged.

Tue, 08/26/2014

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Namibia will host Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 from 17 to 24 January 2015.

Six teams will compete in the event, with the top teams earning promotion to both the Pepsi ICC WCL Championship and the four-day, first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup, both of which will commence in 2015.

Namibia will be joined by Canada, Kenya, and Netherlands, as well as the top two teams from WCL Div. 3, which will be played in Uganda from 26 October to 2 November.

This is the second ICC WCL divisional event to be played in Namibia, after it hosted the same Division in 2007.

The full schedule, squads and match officials for the tournament will be released in due course.

Thu, 08/21/2014

In a tense game that saw the momentum shift multiple times Canada beat Bermuda by 7 runs (after Duckworth Lewis was applied during the Bermuda innings).

Canada posted 210 off their 50 overs, recovering from 54 for 5 to score a defendable total on the back of a classy 76 off 92 balls from the young Arslan Khan. Khan hit six 4's and one 6 in his innings. The Canada total was boosted by Abdul Haseed scoring 36 not out and 20 runs from wicketkeeper Sharbjot Singh. Bermuda bowling was lead by off-spinning all-rounder Jordan Smith who once again opened the bowling from the Northern end. His 10 overs for 43 runs grabbed 4 Canadian top order batsmen who were finding themselves pinned down by the left arm spin of Delray Rawlins who conceded only 15 runs in his 10 overs. Rawlins also took one wicket after Sheldon Caesar expertly judged a steepling catch up into the wind at mid-wicket.

Bermuda's reply began slowly with the 3 early wickets of Dore, Paynter and Outerbridge leaving the home side at 39 for 3 and were then interrupted by rain. Duckworth Lewis was applied to provide the new target score of 200 runs in 42 overs. Delray Rawlins and Jordan Smith initially batted cautiously after the break and built an outstanding partnership of 101 runs before Smith was stumped for 27 runs. Rawlins showed great maturity as he continued to lead the run chase before finally holing out for 87 runs. His innings featured eleven 4's and two 6's (including one blow that went out of the stadium). The remaining batsmen vigilantly tried to keep up with the asking rate but fell just short. Once again Harsh Thaker was the outstanding bowler for Canada, his 9 overs only conceded 11 runs and snapped up 2 wickets. Following up his tight spell against USA yesterday he bowled 4 maidens. Miraj Patel and Kurt Ramdani both picked up 2 wickets apiece.

Canada now heads the table after the first round of games and will rest tomorrow when Bermuda takes on USA again at National Sports Centre at 10.30am.