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.


Mon, 04/23/2012

Canada's Women's team have opened their account at the ICC America's T20 Championship in the Cayman Islands with a win over Brazil. 

The favoured Canadians we led with the bat of Durriya Shabbir and her 53 ball 63 run performance which set the table for a mamoth t20 score of 181/3.  Other noteable batting contributions came from Canadian opener Maree WIlson (21) and Joanna White (31*).

The Braziliian reply was stunted by an efficient and effective Canadian bowling attack that kept the target well out of reach and they crumbled to 55 for 8 from 20 overs.

Canada continues today with a match vs North American rivals Bermuda. 


Mon, 04/16/2012

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will officially launch the CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament on April 18th (see event details below).

The tournament will be held on May 14 to 17 at the Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park, Centennial Park and Sunnybrook Park. The final games of the tournament will be held on June 2 at Summerlea Park.

CIMA has partnered with the City of Toronto since 2005 on cricket projects aimed to engage youth from Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods.

Launch Event | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 10:30 - 11:30a | Metro Hall, Rotunda, 55 John Street, 1st Floor

For further details please visit:

Thu, 04/12/2012

Canada fell 21 runs short of the 155 run target set by Namibia today in the final of the two match 50 over series from Windhoek.   Winning the toss and electing to bat, Namibia struggled throughout the innings with an unbeaten half century from Christi Viljoen being the only standout contribution and Canadian captain Rizwan Cheema providing the bulk of the damage collecting figures of 6-34 from 8.5 overs.

The Canadian response was stunted early with the loss of Ruvindu Gunasekera (4) and Nitish Kumar (0).  Opener Hiral Patel (17) and Usman Limbada (1) followed shortly leaving Canada at 4-33 in 10.5 overs.  Jimmy Hansra (34) and Tyson Gordon (38) provided their share of middle order runs, however neither could complete the chase.  Rustam Bhatti also batted intellgiently with Gordon in his 23 run performance.  

Canadian Coach Michael DIghton had the following post match comments:

"A bitter pill to swallow and a bad way to finish a tour that could have been somewhat of a success with two WCL wins. Our bowling group performed admirably and Rizwan Cheema led from the front with the fine figures of 6/34. Our batting was again extremely disappointing and we failed to handle the pressure of some disciplined Namibian bowling and at times, brilliant fielding. We lost early wickets through expansive drives and a lack of footwork, something that we had identified as being critical to success on this wicket. Tyson and Jimmy put on a good partnership but had little support."

Dighton continued and summarized Canada's fortunes during the tour.

"I believe that we have learnt some valuable lessons during this tour and you could sense genuine disappointment in the dressing rooms after yesterdays defeat. I was happy with our efforts up until day 3 in the I cup match and half way through yesterdays WCL fixture in conditions that were foreign to a majority of this group. Zeeshan played with great fight and spirit in the I cup and Soraine was lion hearted with the ball in a role that he would not have expected before departing Canada. There were some solid contributions in the WCL with Cheemas' 6 wickets in game two providing the highlight. We need to acknowledge that we can not have a bad half hour with the bat in both forms if we are going to improve."


Tue, 04/10/2012

A gutsy 35 run partnership from former Canadian u19 captain Rustam Bhatti (23*) and Durand Soraine (12*) inched Canada past Namibia in a tight finish at Wanderers.

Canada started positively in their run chase of 184 and were well positioned at 0-35 in 7.3 overs before the loss of Patel for 26 runs wobbled the upper middle order that saw Zeashan Siddiqui (7), Ruvindu Gunasekera (12), and Niitsh Kumar (5) all dismissed within a 5 over period. Canada, now positioned at 55-4, received consolidation from the bat of Jimmy Hansra (49) who combined for a hard fought partnership with Usman Limbada to bring the game back into focus.  Losing Limbada early in the 29th over, Hansra continued with Junaid Siddiqui (11)  and Rustam Bhatti before being dismissed in the 42nd over with Canada requiring 35 runs from 47 balls. 

With the victory, Canada will earn its first two points in the World Cricket League Championship tables in which the top two teams automatically qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

Canadian Head Coach Michael Dighton had the following post match comments:
"A solid bowling performance enabled us to exact revenge for the ICUP loss on Sunday. After winning the toss and sending Namibia in, Osinde and Sorraine were fantastic with the new ball and decimated the top order. We spoke about the need to hit the wicket hard on a good length and making the batters play early in their innings as there was some extra bounce and carry on offer. Junaid Siddiqui caught well in the cordon and Nitish took a one hander at cover to remove Burger, the mainstay of Namibias' batting."
DIghton continued.
"Our chase got off to a wonderful start through Hiral and Ruvindu but we lost 3 wickets in the 10-20 over phase to make things slightly difficult for ourselves. Jimmy and Usman played sensibly and put the chase back on target, however we kept losing wickets through some ordinary shot selection whenever we looked like taking the game out of Namibias' reach. In the end it was an excellent innings from Bhatti that got us over the line in the penultimate over. He was very well supported by Durand who completed an outstanding game."  

Canada will close out the Namibia tour with a 50 over WCL fixture on Thursday.


Namibia Innings

Canada are chasing 184 to win in the first of two 50 over matches with Namibia. Winning the toss and electing to field, the Canadian opening battery of Henry Osinde (2-46) & Durand Sorain (3-25) pegged back the aggressive Namibians who struggled throughout their top order. Raymond van Schoor (90) remained the only notable resistance to the Canadian attack.