Wed, 02/15/2012

Kat Rose Inc. is hosting a press conference on Thursday, February 16th at 1 p.m. at Rogers Centre (Gate 9 – Media Conference Room) to officially announce the details of the Cricket All-Star T20 match, and we are extending an invitation for your presence. The Cricket All-Star T20 match will be taking place on May 12, 2012 at Rogers Centre. This exhibition match will feature international top-tier cricketers, and will also include a cultural and entertainment show that will feature a world-class artist.

Mr. Herb Choga, President of Kat Rose Inc. and Mr. Ingleton Liburd, Cricket Operations Officer for Cricket Canada will address the media. In addition, Alistair Campbell, Chairman of Zimbabwe's Cricket Committee, Neil Manthorp, a cricket commentator and journalist, and Mr. Amir Shamsi, VP of Marketing, are eager to add to this initiative.

FULL KAT ROSE PRESS RELEASE

 

Tue, 02/14/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the following 14 man squad for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup Qualification Tournament to be held in Dubai from March 13th - 24th in the United Arab Emirates.

Manny Aulakh (Richmond, BCMCL)
Harvir Baidwan (Yorkshire, TDCA)
Rustam Bhatti (Centurions, TDCA)
Rizwan Cheema (PCB, TDCA) 
Khurram Chohan (Canasia, C&DCL)
Tyson Gordon (Scona, E&DCL)
Ruvindu Gunasekera (Overseas, TDCA)
Jimmy Hansra (Abbotsford, BCMCL)
Zahid Hussain (Overseas, TDCA)
Nitish Kumar (Repton Academy, UK)
Henry Osinde (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Hiral Patel (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Raza-ur-Rehman (Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, TDCA)
Junaid Siddiqui (PCB, TDCA)

Coach : Michael Dighton
Manager : Johnny Bujan

The final 14 man squad will leave Saturday for a training camp in Sri Lanka before heading to Dubai for the qualifiers.
Mon, 02/13/2012

Cricket Canada will be conducting a training camp in Ontario February 18th and 19th, 2012. The camp will be run by national women's coach George Codrington and will also serve to assist with final selection of the national women's team to particpate in the 2012 ICC America's Women's tournament to be held in April in Cayman Islands. 

Camp Schedule

 

 
DAY 1: - Date:            Saturday 18 February 2012
              - Time:           1 Pm  -  4 Pm
              - Location:    Sport Performance Centre (2180 Highway 7, Unit 12, Concord, Ontario... Hwy 7 & Keele)
             
              - Time:          5 Pm - 7 Pm 
              - Location:   Qasra Sports (Carlingview Drive) 
 
 
DAY 2: - Date:           Sunday 19 February 2012
              - Time:          12 Pm - 2 Pm 
              - Location:   Qasra Sports (Carlingview Drive)
 
All players wishing to be selected for the national program should make efforts to attend this camp. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Abigail Rajkumar.
 
If you have not previously received notification about the camp, please contact Abigail Rajkumar for further details and to register yourself for the camp.
Sun, 02/12/2012

 

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Clifford Cox on February 4, 2012, at age 79. Truly a legend and mentor to many, Cliff was born on March 16, 1932 in Oldham, England and grew up on the cricket grounds and football pitches of Lancashire.

 

He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and quickly became involved in many aspects of his new country from sport to business to theatre. He founded DB Equipment in 1968 and continued to work there daily; he was a respected member of the business community across the country. Cliff, or 'Coxey' had a huge passion for cricket, he was a true sportsman and competitor. He was an active member of the Meraloma Cricket Club, currently was on the board of Cricket BC as well as 3rd VP of Cricket Canada.

 

Always wanting to spread the love of the game, he organized many tours and welcomed all to come. As well as sport, Cliff had a passion for the performing arts, both as an actor/singer, and an advocate. He was a founding member of many theatrical companies and societies both locally and in Ontario. He is a lifetime board member of Theatre Under The Stars.

 

The depth of his legacies will continue to amaze for years to come. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Doreen, daughter Liz (John) grandsons Matthew, Trevor and Andrew, daughter, Joanne (Brian) granddaughter Lauren, and his sister Carol, and niece Mandy.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cricket BC, 9173 Shaughnessy St., Vancouver, BC, V6P 6R9. A celebration of Cliff's life will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 1 p.m. at St. Philip's Anglican Church, 3737 West 27th Ave. Vancouver. Reception to follow.

Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006

 

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Sun, 02/12/2012

Cricket PEI has elected/re-elected the following board at their recent Annual General Meeting
 

President: Sarath Chandrasekere- for a second 3 year term

V President: David Daughton

Secretary: Louise Robichaud

Treasurer: Sherani Jayawickrema

Director Communications: Richard Raiswell

Director: Kapila Dimantha

Director: Shabbir Amanulla

Director and Coach: Verley Harrison

Director: Rajat Grover

Director: Dinesh Abraham

 

Fri, 02/10/2012

Last week, the International Cricket Council released the much-anticipated Woolf Report. The report, which served as an independent review of the ICC governance system made many recommendations, which could serve to radically change the organization of the ICC.

Cricket Canada remains cautiously optimistic that some of the recommendations in the report if implemented could pave the way for an exciting new time for world cricket. Cricket Canada president congratulated the ICC on taking such a brave step in undertaking the governance study. “Firstly the ICC should be congratulated for undertaking such a bold initiative. Putting oneself under the magnifying glass is not an easy thing and we will be interested to see the results of the April meeting”
 
Among the recommendations that Saini highlighted as allowing Associate Cricket nations like Canada to move forward were the admission of two full members as early as 2013 and the redistribution of funds within the ICC family.
 
Key items in the report such as distribution of funds based on need basis, granting of full membership for high performance associates with immediate entries, removing test status as a requirement to become a full member and opening the FTP to include more countries are all initiatives that should they be adopted would serve to elevate the profile of Associate nations like Canada.
 
"In our particular case being a cold weather country, we are forced to undertake major overeseas tours for preparations towards any major qualifiers, like the upcoming T20 CWCQ. In the process much of our funding dissappears in the cost of travel and acoomodation for our team. we would expect that a need basis syetm will likely deal with this issue and create an equal competitive environment ”
 
Saini continued
 
“We have kept our eye on full membership as an organization for some time now and are working towards or have achieved many of the requirements already. While there is still much to do, we are hopeful that with a clear and defined path forward we will be able to open more avenues of funding currently not available to us due to lack of exposure to the highest level or ICC policy that closes off avenues of government funding. Participation in multi sport activities such as the Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am Games  are key requirements for increased government funding."
 
The ICC's current system of event qualification is a major contributing factor to Canada's athlete's not being eligible for any type of Athlete's assistance available in other sports. 
 
"As it stands now, much of our ICC funding is targeted towards the Senior Men’s program (this to ensure continued high funding levels) and as such we are unable to invest towards infrastructure development, youth and women’s programs, or any grassroots development in the regions. This is a vicious cycle and if we fail to perform and maintain our high performance associate status, the funding levels will drop iff. Opening up funding opportunities by way of direct funding or an ability to commercialize, our matches by way of the FTP would create resources for us that will develop our player pathways. The ability to attract more dollars into associate nations, especially those with huge commercial potential like Canada, is one of the key elements to this plan.”
 
The Woolf report will be tabled at the next ICC Board meeting in April.
 
Wed, 02/08/2012

Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Death of Clifford Cox

 

OTTAWA, February 7, 2012– It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Clifford Cox, Vice President of Cricket Canada.

Mr. Cox, who immigrated to Canada from England in 1956, was a leading figure in our nation’s cricket scene, both as a player and a builder. He was captain of the Canadian national team before joining the executive board of Cricket Canada, where he served as Vice President and was an enthusiastic supporter of women’s cricket.

In recognition of his service to the sport, the International Cricket Council awarded Mr. Cox with a Centenary Medal in 2009. His home league, the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League, honoured his contributions by introducing the Cliff Cox Medal, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player who also demonstrated good sportsmanship during the season.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Clifford Cox.

Tue, 02/07/2012

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the current 50-Over League played by the top eight Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) will now be called the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCL Championship).

The WCL Championship, together with the ongoing global divisions of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL), provides a dual pathway for all AMs to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015.

The competing teams in the WCL Championship include Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland - all with ODI status - along with the top two sides from WCL Division 2 in 2011, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The event is being played over a two and a half year period, and commenced in 2011. It will conclude towards the end of 2013 after each team has played each other in two matches across seven home or away rounds. Each team will therefore play 14 matches in total.

The top two teams in the WCL Championship will automatically join the ICC’s 10 Full Members in the CWC 2015, which is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"The WCL Championship provides exciting ongoing competition for the top eight AMs through to the end of 2013, with all matches having an impact on ICC Cricket World Cup qualification," said ICC Global Development Manager Tim Anderson.

The bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014. This 10-team event will determine the final two qualifiers into the CWC 2015.

Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong, who finished third and fourth in WCL Division 2 in 2011, will also take part in the CWCQ 2014, while the other two competing teams will be decided via the ongoing WCL divisional structure. 

WCL Division 5 will be hosted in Singapore from February 18 to 25, followed by Division 4 later in 2012, then Division 3 in 2013. The top two teams in Division 3 will play in the CWCQ 2014.

"By both the WCL Championship and divisional events forming part of this qualifying process, not only do the top AMs have the opportunity to play against each other more regularly in matches with significant context, but all ICC Members have the opportunity to qualify for cricket’s flagship global event," added Mr Anderson.

Round three of the WCL Championship begins on 18 February 2012, with Ireland taking on Kenya in Mombasa. WCL Division 5 commences in Singapore on the same day, and will be contested by Argentina, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Malaysia and Singapore. The top two teams will then be promoted to Division 4.

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Tue, 02/07/2012

BC has lost one of the longest lasting legendary stalwarts of cricket.  He will be long remembered for his long and dedicated service to cricket both near and far.

 
As a human being, he was kind, generous, and compassionate and he was endowed with a refreshing sense of humour. Endeared by all, he mixed with players from all backgrounds and levels. He also had a humanitarian instinct and a philanthropic disposition. He was benevolent and generous and helped create opportunities for many promising cricketers.
Throughout his life, he maintained an insatiable passion for cricket.
 
One of the best ambassadors of BC and Canadian cricket, he took, managed and led touring teams to many parts of the globe. He deflected any focus on himself by calling his team BC Cricket Club, which simultaneously boosted the image of cricket in our province.
 
He inherited some of the common graces from his dad, whom he was very close to, and whom I met in 1969 in Lancashire when we were on tour. He was always jovial and loved to entertain and make others happy. On tour he would always make sure that each individual was well looked after.
 
He was captain of the Canadian team of which I was a member from 1969 to 1972. He led with humility, passion and fairness. He himself was a batsman who loved long innings, symbolic of his long service to cricket.
 
He possessed an uncommon and extensive range of human attributes.
His singing talent won him a regular role in TUTS, an annual musical event at Stanley Park.
 
He demonstrated and utilized his administrative skills at local, provincial, national and international levels. He would take on any job given to him, and do it well.
 
Befitting to the BCMCL trophy named after him, his name was synonymous with good sportsmanship, which he epitomised.
 
He had the personality that united rather than exacerbated differences. During my term as BCCA president in the decade of the nineties, he played a pivotal role in ameliorating relations between BCCA and the BCMCL.
 
Clifford Cox used his many God given talents and gifts to transform the cricket community wherever it was fortunate to have his presence.
 
There is so much more that could be said about a man that will leave everyone who met him with an indelible memory.
 
My thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Doreen and family during this time of grief.
 
Ben Seebaran is a former Canadian selector and administrator from Vancouver
Tue, 02/07/2012

Hamza Tariq has withdrawn from the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier squad due to personal reasons. The wicket keeper who was behind the stumps for all 4 matches at the recent Caribbean T20 tournament has played 9 T20's for Canada since his debut in 2010.  Tariq will be replaced by the selectors shortly.