Nitish Kumar is the New Captain of the Canada’s National Team
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Nitish Kumar as its new captain of the senior men’s national team. Nitish is the youngest player ever to debut for Canada at both First Class and ODI. In August 2009 at age 15 Kumar made his First Class debut against Kenya and a few months later at the age 15 years 273 days became the second youngest ODI player ever.
The 22 year old who has played 16 ODIs along with his 34 List 'A' matches will have the Auty Cup Series as his first task.
Commenting on his new role as captain Nitish said "I am really excited to captain the Canadian National Team. We have a young team and it might take some time to reach our ultimate goal of getting Canada back to where it was. I think we are headed in the right direction".
Kumar, a top order batsman who is currently playing for the Loughborough Marylebone Cricket Club University (England) was also contracted to the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. He has been long identified as a future leader for Canada and was captain of the Canada squad in the 2014 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in the UAE.
The Cricket Canada selection panel had recommended Kumar as the new captain and the Board of Directors unanimously agreed.
Cricket Canada General Manager Ingleton Liburd said "I am pleased with the appointment of Nitish as Captain. Having worked with him in the ICC U19 CWC, I believe that he has what it takes to help in the rebuilding of our national team".
Kumar will join his teammates for a small camp before starting his new role in the in Los Angeles.