Tue, 05/22/2012

It was an intimate affair for those who enjoyed the pleasant Victoria Day evening at Toronto Cricket Club to attend a special event co-presentation of “An Evening with Haroon Lorgat” by Cricket Canada and World Cricket Weekly.

The nearly sixty guests were treated to an introspective discussion between the outgoing International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and broadcast veteran and World Cricket Weekly host Nigel Reed.

The “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style setting allowed the well researched and well prepared host to engage with Mr. Lorgat in an intellectual discussion that spanned from his experiences in primary school as a young South African Indian during the Apartheid era to his legacy as cricket’s top man during a period of strong global growth and high performance.

Full video coverage was provided by World Cricket Weekly with highlights to air on gocricketgocanada.com and Cricket Canada TV in the coming month.

During the evening, Cricket Canada’s Womens team were deservingly recognized for their achievement in winning the ICC Americas Women’s T20 Championship and earning a spot in the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifiers later this year.

Noteable guests included Cricket Canada President Ravin Moorthy, CEO Doug Hannum, Secretary Calvin Clarke, Operations Officer Ingleton Liburd, players representative Zubin Surkari, and Canadian Men’s Captain Rizwan Cheema.

ICC Regional Development Manager Martin Vieira, Ontario Premier League organizer Ranjit Saini, and Ontario Cricket Council representative Leslie Soobrian were also on hand.

Fri, 05/18/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the creation of “Ontario Premier League T20” and has provided sanction of the TDCA sponsored proposal to conduct a T20 tournament as “Ontario Premier League T20” or “OPLT20”. The tournament will be played for 10 consecutive days and will involve 4 teams chosen through a draft.

The tournament will be primarily including Ontario registered players that have played in Ontario for at least one full season. Each team must include in the playing 11, at least 2 u19 players. Out of province players may be considered on limited basis provided players produce an NOC from their cricket boards.
The tournament has 4 main objectives:
1. Provide High Performance Experience to Ontario players
2. Provide Quality Cricket entertainment event to draw spectator’s and stake holder
3. Attract sponsorships to Ontario cricket by providing a flawless and efficient cricket
4. Enhance overall image of cricket by producing and delivering a quality cricket event
More details will be announced in the coming days by the league administration.
Wed, 05/16/2012

Join Cricket Canada & World Cricket Weekly in a presentation of "An Evening with Haroon Lorgat" at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club between 7:00 - 9:00pm.

Broadcast veteran Nigel Reed will host the event and welcome the South African born outgoing International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat for an indepth discussion on his tenure at the helm of cricket's global governing body.

The ICC World T20 Trophy will be on display during the event for photographs.

Admission is by RSVP only with a Business Casual and Cocktail dress code in effect.  Only 50 tickets have been made available.
Sun, 05/13/2012

Cricket Canada is greatly disappointed by the events following the May 12th All Star T20 event from the Roger’s Centre with respect to unpaid player salaries and have been working with the promoters to resolve the situation amicably. 

We fully understand the frustration felt by the players in question and have reached out to the participating agents to provide copies of their clients’ contracts with event promoters Kat Rose Inc, so that we can engage to explore opportunities to assist in the pursuit of unpaid monies to both the participating players and Cricket Canada.

The event itself was a positive statement for the potential of cricket in Canada with an estimated 12,000 enthusiastic cricket fans in attendance to witness an exciting contest that featured many of our Canadian cricket stars.  We will continue to seek opportunities to host future high profile events and take the necessary steps to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are met accordingly.

Wed, 05/09/2012

Cricket Canada believes strongly in fostering solid relationships with all full member boards of the ICC. With that in mind I can confirm that I have reached out to my counterpart at the PCB with respect to strengthing cricket ties between Pakistan and Canada. We have requested details with respect to a potential tour to Pakistan but have had no formal discussions with the PCB regarding it as of yet.

Doug Hannum
CEO Cricket Canada


Mon, 04/30/2012

An unusual occurrence in Paradise - all day rain ruined the final day's play at the T20 Americas Women Championship in the Cayman Islands.

Heavy overnight and morning rain left the Smith Road Oval under water where the South Americans, Brazil and Argentina, were scheduled to play.

The morning rain cancelled the scheduled game between Bermuda and host Cayman Island who were prepared to do battle for 4th place.

Hopes were slim for even a minimum over match in the afternoon between USA and Canada. At 4.00 pm an inspection was made and the bad news came, no play, wet grounds.

Canada became champions as per the tournament rules with the better net run rate.

The USA settled for the silver medal with the ever improving Argentines in third.

Presentations and a B--B-Q wrapped up the event at the Jimmy Powell Oval

Individual Tournament Awards went to:

Batting Durriya Shabbir Canada
Bowling Samantha Ramautar USA
Wicket Keeping Melissa Sandy USA
Most Valuable Player Nadia Gundy USA


Sat, 04/28/2012

Rain is in the forecast for the Cayman Islands today as Canada and USA do battle for the ICC America's Division One T20 Championship. 



Fri, 04/27/2012

Canada squeaked by Argentina by 9 runs in a rain reduced match on Saturday. Durriya Shabbir (13) led the way for the Canadians on the way to 31-4 (5 overs). Argentina replied with 22-6 as Kamcha Mirchandani (2-6) led the way for the Canadian bowlers. 

The win sets up a one game, winner takes all match between Canada and USA for the right to be called tournament champions.


Tue, 04/24/2012

Cricket Canada regrets to announce the resignation of Michael Dighton, National Senior Men’s Coach, as of April 20, 2012.

During his 8 months in the position, Dighton coached the Senior Men’s team on a training tour of Barbados, the Caribbean T20, WT20Q preparation camp in Sri Lanka, World T20 Qualifier in UAE, and Canada’s tour of Namibia.

Cricket Canada Vice-President Vimal Hardat commented on Dighton’s resignation,

“We were obviously disappointed to lose someone of Michael’s caliber but understand his reasons and thank him for his contribution to Cricket Canada.  We wish him all the best in the future.”

Cricket Canada’s CEO Doug Hannum indicated that the organization will begin looking for Dighton’s replacement immediately with an eye on qualification for the 2014 T20 Cricket World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

“The search for Michael’s replacement will soon be underway, well in time for the national team’s trip to Scotland in July. We are certainly focused on putting our best foot forward to get ourselves into the next World Cup cycle and a new coach will be an integral part of that.”

Tue, 04/24/2012

Canada's Women secured a 77 run victory over Bermuda in their second match at the ICC Americas Women's T20 Championship on Tuesday.

After being sent in to bat, Canada amassed 150-8 in the allotted 20 overs with Durriya Shabbir (29), Joanna White (18), and Sheryl Tittlemier (18) all providing contributions.  Errant Bermudan bowling provided the largest contribution to the Canadian figures with 34 extras. 

The Bermudan reply was stunted early and they struggled to reach 73 for 7 from 20 overs, Lorraine Kenton (3 wickets) and Joanna White (2 wickets) did the share of the damage.

17 year old Mikaela Turik (NSW, Australia) again stood in as captain for Suthershini Sivanantham (Montreal, PQ) who went down with a shoulder injury in training prior to Monday's contest with Brazil.