CRICKET CANADA ANNOUNCES NCL
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the inaugural National Cricket League (NCL) to take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, ON from August 2-11th, 2012. The five team, ten day event will consist of a multi-format 50 over and T20 competition featuring Canada’s top 65 High Performance & Elite cricketers.
Squads contain a balance of the top 21 HP cricketers and 44 Elite cricketers from across the country to ensure both regional representation and multiple national team members in each representative team to form Cricket Canada’s top tier domestic competition.
Amit Joshi, Tournament Director and Cricket Canada 3rd Vice President offered the following statement in support of the NCL:
"Cricket Canada is excited to launch this unique format where our top high performance cricketers mix up with other elite cricketers in the country to play in what will be a highly competitive tournament. We have worked in conjunction with the ICC to ensure appropriated funding for this and future events and it's compliance to an ICC High Performance Program mandate of supporting a sustainable domestic structure in Associate countries such as Canada. The National Cricket League (NCL) will continue to develop and implement a national HP cricket culture into every region of the country and become an integral pathway to our national teams"
ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, who oversees the global ICC High Performance Program aimed at improving the competitiveness of the best Associate and Affiliate Members, including Canada, added:
“Implementing a sustainable regional competition that provides a clear pathway towards National selection can only be good for Canadian cricket. In a country the size of Canada it means that the best provincial players from east to west will, for the first time in a consistent National competition, be able to prove themselves against their peers and challenge equally for National Team places. Youngsters with ambition will know that, if they are good enough and perform, they can now move from League to Province to NCL Team and then represent their country at the highest level. I look forward to Cricket Canada’s NCL and the Canadian team going from strength to strength in years to come.”
Cricket Canada would like to extend a warm invitation to all cricket fans in the region to “Join the Movement” and attend the daily action at King City with friends and family to support their favourite team and athlete.
Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra – Captain – Abbotsford, BC, Sunny Gainder – Abbotsford, BC, Varinder Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Gurpreet Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Rashid Masood – Surrey, BC, Umer Nawaz – Vancouver, BC, Dilpreet Dhillon – Abbotsford, BC, Mandeep Rehan – Surrey, BC, Gaurav Singh – Burnaby, BC, Gurkaran Dhillon – Surrey, BC, Amanpal Gillar – Richmond, BC, Satsmiranjit S Dhindsa – Toronto – ON, Harmanjit Sangha – Surrey, BC, Manjit Singh Sidhu – Surrey, BC
Coach: Thanethiran Kurooparan – Vancouver – BC, Manager: Anil Khanna – Vancouver - BC
Hamza Tariq – Captain – Toronto, ON, Sudeepta Aurka– Calgary, AB, Shehzad Bashir – Edmonton, AB, Grant Broadhurst– Calgary, AB, Zahid Chaudhary – Calgary, AB, Khurram Chohan– Calgary, AB, Parth Desai– Scarborough, ON, Jeremy Gordon– Toronto, ON, Usman Limbada – Scarborough, ON, Farooq Quereshi – Calgary, AB, Parveen Saroye– Calgary, AB, Khurram Tahir – Calgary, AB, Yasoob Ul Haq – Edmonton, AB
Coach: Khurram Chohan – Calgary, AB, Manager: Wasim Khan – Calgary, AB
Henry Osinde – Captain – Toronto, ON, Ahmad Abu Bakar Saadi – Winnipeg, MB, Mohammad (Waleed) Ahmed – Winnipeg, MB, Trevin Bastiampillai – Scarborough, ON, Joseph Lovelace – Winnipeg, MB, Jatinder Matharu – Winnipeg, MB, Trevor Manoosingh – Winnipeg, MB, Hiral Patel– Scarborough, ON, Raza-ur-Rehman – Toronto, ON, Junaid Siddiqui – Scarborough, ON, Harpartap Singh Sandu – Saskatoon, SK, Harpreet Singh – Regina, SK
Coach: Ron Dipchand – Winnipeg, MB, Manager: Hargulshan (Mike) Sharma – Regina, SK
50 Over Squad
Zubin Surkari - Captain, Dean Abzal, Tristan Ali, Darius D’Souza, Rahim Hameidi, Keshavan Juverajan, Ammar Khalid, Saad Nazar, Rayan Khan Pathan, Tyrone Roberts, Varun Sehdev, Akash Shah, Shahroze Shah, Srimantha Wijeyratne, Saad Bin Zafar
Coach: Mukesh Narulla, Manager: Chris Shaw
Shahroze Shah - Captain, Gaurav Ahluwalia, Owais Ahmed, Hemlet Gordon, Damien Holder, Keshavan Juverajan, Ammar Khalid, Seenaraine Narine, Ryan Khan Pathan, Ravinderjit Phawaha, Varun Sehdev, Dilshan Sudesh, Srimantha Wijeyaratne, Saad Bin Zafar, Asad Zaidi
Coach: Farouk Kirmani, Manager: Praim Persaud
Rizwan Cheema – Captain – Scarborough, ON, Maninderjit Singh Aulakh- Richmond, BC, Kathir Chenthilnathan - St. John’s, NF, Nikhil Dutta – Mississauga, ON, Sheryas Dhond – Halifax, NS, Ruvindu Gunasekera – Scarborough, ON, Akram Khan – Fredricton, NB, Deepak Pabla - Montreal, PQ, Axay Patel– Montreal, PQ, Harikrishnan Raghuraman – Halifax, NS, Suresh Ramkisoon - Montreal, PQ, Darren Ramsammy - Toronto, ON, Gayan Malinga Wijethilake - Montreal, PQ
Coach: Arvind Patel – Montreal, PQ, Manager: Senthil Selvamani – St. John’s, NF
MATCHES START AT 11:00am
MATCHES START at 11:00am EXCEPT MATCH 3 & 6 (3:00pm)
Tournament Director Amit Joshi 3rd Vice President
Technical Committee Ingleton Liburd Domestic Development Manager
Kantilal Patel Umpiring Coordinator
Calvin Clarke General Secretary
ABOUT CRICKET CANADA
Cricket Canada is the definitive National Sports Organization (NSO) for cricket in Canada as recognized by the Government of Canada, Sport Canada, and the International Cricket Council. Cricket Canada’s mission is to govern, develop, and promote cricket for the enjoyment of all Canadians.
International: Cricket is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world and participated in by over 100 countries. The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body for the sport, has identified North America and China as its two major growth markets.
Domestic: Cricket in Canada has experienced significant growth in participation over the past years with an estimated 40,000 recreational cricketers playing the sport. Cricket is currently established in over 2,000 schools nationally and with investment from Cricket Canada, private corporations, and government funding, is expected to support a 45% annual growth.
Heritage: Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, declared cricket Canada’s first national sport. The world’s first recorded international sporting fixture took place in Montreal, Canada – a cricket match between Canada and the United States in 1844. Canada has participated in four ICC Cricket World Cups; 1979, 2003, 2007, and 2011.
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup had a global viewership of over 2 billion people. Canada maintains a top 15 international ranking among Men’s, Women’s, U19, and U15 programs and is the highest ranked member of the ICC from the America’s region.