Thu, 08/17/2017

·        Defending champion West Indies to play host New Zealand on opening day of 16-team tournament which will be played across seven venues

·        Captains of qualifying teams exuberant at the prospect of playing in tournament that provides a passageway to top-class cricket

·        Free entry for all matches of the 22-day tournament. The full schedule is available here

Defending champion West Indies will open its campaign against host New Zealand in next year’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, the schedule for which was announced on Thursday.

The West Indies will play the inaugural Group A day-night fixture at Bay Oval in Tauranga on the opening day of the event which runs from 13 January – 3 February featuring 16 teams across seven venues in four cities – Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei.

The 10 Test playing nations (prior to Afghanistan and Ireland’s recent inclusion) gained automatic qualification to the event along with the best finishing associate from the last edition, Namibia. They are joined by five regional qualifiers in the biennial tournament that showcases future stars every two years. Past alumni of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup include current captains Steve Smith (Australia), Virat Kohli (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan).

The other teams in Group A are 2012 champion South Africa and Africa qualifier Kenya while three-time champions India and Australia are clubbed together in Group B along with Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea.

Bangladesh, Canada, England and Namibia comprise Group C while two-time champion Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Asia qualifier Afghanistan and Europe qualifier Ireland form Group D in what is the 11th edition of the tournament and the third to be held in New Zealand.

The top two sides from each group will advance to the Super League while the remaining eight teams will figure in the plate championship. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the Super League will be among the 20 matches to be broadcast live. The final will be played at Bay Oval in Tauranga on 3 February while both semifinals will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 29 and 30 January.

The plate tournament will run simultaneously but end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on 28 January.

Entry to the grounds will be free for the ICC U19 World Cup giving cricket fans in New Zealand a superb opportunity to see tomorrow’s stars today. The event will replicate a major ICC tournament in terms of organization and playing facilities giving players their first taste of competing on the global stage.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley: "The ICC U19 World Cup plays an important role in the progression of young talent onto the global stage. The list of past and current players who had their first taste of a major event at this tournament is a long one and I have no doubt we'll be witnessing some of tomorrow’s stars in New Zealand next year."

Tournament Director Brendan Bourke: “This will be the most accessible international event ever staged throughout New Zealand, with free entry to all games, so we look forward to opening the gates to our match venues in a little under five months’ time.”

The captains of the teams coming through the Qualifiers are looking forward to the tournament, which is a stepping stone in the development of all participants – players and match officials.

Afghanistan captain Naveen-ul-Haq: “The aim is the same as that of any cricketing nation - this dream of winning the World Cup. For us it is also the same, to go out there and play some positive cricket and lift the trophy for the country.

Canada captain Bhavindu Adhihetty: “We have the skill and the strong mental belief that we can upset any full-member nation on a given day. As any other team, we set ourselves on the goal of hopefully winning the World Cup and proving that Canada is another up and coming massive cricketing nation.” 

Ireland captain Harry Tector: “The guys are obviously delighted to be going to the U19 World Cup. It is a great stage to showcase their talents and we hope we can go to New Zealand and show how good a team we are.”

Kenya captain Sachin Budhia: “It’s definitely a great opportunity for us to participate in the ICC U19 World Cup. We would like first to finish as the top associate team in the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup, but more importantly, not look too far ahead but take each game, one at a time.”

Papua New Guinea captain Vagi Karaho: “It is a really big opportunity for us to play in the World Cup. The qualifying tournament has been a learning curve for us, our pathway to the World Cup. We have achieved that and are proud of it.”

Teams will get to tune up for the main event with practice matches from 8-11 January.

Mon, 08/14/2017

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Mon, 07/31/2017

The Canadian U19 team’s victory in the recent International Cricket Council Americas World Cup qualifying tournament earned them a berth in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under 19 One Day tournament, to be played in St. Kitts from August 15-28. The team will open against Guyana on August 15th, play Jamaica on the 17th, Barbados on the 22nd, Trinidad and Tobago on the 24th, and Windward Islands on the 26th.

Cricket Canada has named the following team for the tournament:-

  1. Akash Gill (Captain)
  2. Bhavindu Adhihertty (Vice Captain)
  3. Arsalan Khan 
  4. Kavian Naress
  5. Baidar Bakht
  6. Ashtan Deosammy
  7. Krishen Samuel
  8. Pranav Sharma
  9. Romel Shahzad
  10. Pieter Christiaan Pretorius
  11. Aran Pathmanathan
  12. Faisal Jamkhandi
  13. Rishiv Joshi
  14. Kunwar Singh Chana

Farouk Kirmani - Coach

Wijay Senathirajah - Manager

Reserves: Emanuel  Khokhar, Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Raqib Shamsudeen, Abaan Khan

Coach of the team Farouk Kirmani said, “As the team now needs to prepare for January’s World Cup in New Zealand, gaining experience against high level competition will be invaluable. We are grateful to CWI for providing this opportunity, and are confident that this team will represent Canada well in what will be challenging matches”.

 

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

Sat, 06/03/2017

In February 2017, arbitration held under the auspices of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) pertaining to the election of the Cricket Canada Board of Directors last May 2016 led to a number of rulings. These included an order to hold new elections for all board positions, and various stipulations in regard to the holding of elections. Cricket Canada has respected these rulings in the conduct of the elections held in May 2017, but disputed the authority of the arbitrator to direct Cricket Canada to amend its bye-laws to put in place specific governance measures.

Cricket Canada therefore sought a legal ruling on these matters. The specific measures disputed were the following decisions:-

        • Any person having a role in the selection of the members of the Nomination Committee shall be prohibited from running in the elections;

        • Any Provincial Director, or any other person with voting rights by virtue of their position, who intends to run in the elections must resign from his or her position before the elections are held;

        • Any offer, suggestion or promise of a benefit by a person running in the elections to a voter is prohibited;

        • All necessary amendments to the bylaws shall be made to meet complete compliance with the Not-for-profit Corporations Act and with the findings of this award.

In a hearing of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the judge ruled that these portions of the award were outside the scope of the arbitration agreement, and set them aside.

Cricket Canada currently is in compliance with the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act following bye-law revisions made at a meeting held in Winnipeg on March 5, 2017 (before the original decision was made by the arbitrator).  Irrespective of this ruling, Cricket Canada is committed to continually reviewing its internal governance in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, and those of national and international sporting bodies.

Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini said:-

“I am very much pleased that we were able to see this through.We are here to improve governance standards as well as helping cricket to develop at all levels in Canada, reflected in top performances by our national teams."

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)
Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

Wed, 05/31/2017

Rain prevented the final of the World Cricket League Division 3 reaching a result today in Kampala, Uganda. Both Canada and Oman were already assured of promotion to Division 2, and Oman will place first in the tournament, Canada second, based on the standings after the round robin matches. Canada had made 176/3 from 38 overs, and Oman 50/2 in reply before rain finally washed out the match.

Canada batted first; the youthful opening partnership of Kumar and Adhihetty has been one of the successes of the tournament for Canada, and they were again effective, putting on 102 for the first wicket before Kumar was bowled for exactly 50 from 78 balls with eight fours. Adhihetty made 86 from 110 balls with 10 boundaries before rain cut Canada’s innings short.

When play resumed again, Canada's innings was deemed complete, and Oman had a target of 177 in 24 overs. The third over from Dhindsa featured a wide, two fours, two sixes and two wickets but only 4.3 overs were possible before rain came again with Oman on 50/2 and the match was abandoned with no result.

Canadians filled four of the top five run-scorers in the tournament. Bhavindu Adhihetty took top spot with 222 runs at an average of 37, and Pathirana followed him with 208 at 41.60 - Rizwan Cheema and Nitish Kumar took 4th and 5th spot. Dhindsa was second highest wicket taker with 11.

 

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

Tue, 05/30/2017

Canada achieved their main objective at the WCL Division 3 tournament in Uganda by qualifying for the final - the top two teams are promoted to Division 2. However they made it hard for themselves, losing to Singapore by two runs. They finished tied with Singapore for 2nd with a 3-2 record, but the tie was broken on net run rate, and good results in previous games kept them in second place overall. They will play Oman in the final tomorrow, with promotion assured. 

Bhavindu Adhihetty, getting his first bowl of the tournament, took 3/10, and five other bowlers chipped in with wickets as they bowled out Singapore for 166. In reply, Canada looked to have the game won, needing just 8 with three wickets in hand, but the last three wickets fell for 5 runs, the game ending with a run out. Rizwan Cheema top-scored with a rapid 42, and Navneet Dhaliwal provided middle order stability with 37.

Team Manager Ingleton Liburd quotes via his Facebook feed – ‘Team Canada accomplished its first goal which was to get back to ICC WCL Div 2. The next goal tomorrow is to end the ICC WCL DIV 3 tournament as Champions.

 

Dave Liverman

Director-at- Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

 

Mon, 05/29/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup. 

Canada’s hopes of a top-two placing were dented by an upset loss to Malaysia, who had lost their first two matches.  Canada were put in by Malaysia, and struggled against Malaysia’s spinners, bowled out for 141 in 48.5 overs. Their final total owed much to a 44 run 8th wicket partnership between top-scorer Nikhil Dutta (30) and Saad Bin Zafar, after Canada had fallen to 95/7. Despite seven bats reaching double figures, no-one played the major innings required.

Canada needed to take wickets to stand a chance but Malaysia, requiring less than three runs per over, kept the spinners at bay, and won by 6 wickets with 12 overs to spare. Ahmed Faiz top-scored for Malaysia with 49*, and was named man of the match.

Canada's record is now two wins and one loss, and they are in a real battle for a top two placing, with Oman and Singapore also with two wins. USA, Malaysia and Uganda all have one win and two losses.

Canada now play the USA in a critical match tomorrow before concluding the round-robin part of the tournament on Monday against Singapore.

 

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

Mon, 05/29/2017

Canada and USA renewed the oldest rivalry in international cricket, playing in the WCL Division 3 tournament in Kampala. Canada came out on top with a one sided 96 run win, leaving Canada in an excellent position for promotion, and the USA struggling to avoid relegation.

Canada, put in to bat, made 256/8, led by 87 from man of the match Dhanuka Pathirana, well supported by 67 from Bhavindu Adhihetty, Nikhil Dutta (31) and Nitish Kumar (30). Kumar and Adhihetty had an opening partnership of 74, and after Canada had gone from 142/2 to 157/5, Pathirana and Dutta put on 58. Rizwan Cheema destroyed the American middle order with three wickets in eight balls, and was well supported by Saad Bin Zafar (2/29 from 10 overs) and Dhindsa also with two wickets as the USA were bowled out for 160.

With one match to play (against Singapore), Canada tops the table ahead with Oman on net run rate, both with three wins and a loss; followed by Uganda and Singapore both with two wins and two losses. Even with a final match loss, the worst Canada can finish is in a tie for second place, with net run rate the determining factor.

Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini said, "This day belongs to the dedication and hard work of our players, coaching staffs and the well wishes our supporters... we are all excited with the opportunities that are now ahead of us"

Canada play Singapore on Monday.

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org

Thu, 05/25/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup. 

After beating Oman by 83 runs today, Canada tops the standings, unbeaten after two matches, ahead of four other teams with one win and one loss..

Highly rated Oman had beaten USA in their opening match but Canada won comfortably. A strong team batting performance saw Canada reach 274/9 from their fifty overs. Seven batsman passed thirty, with Bhavindu Adhihetty top scoring with 44, Rizwan Cheema smashing 42 from 25 balls, and Nikhil Dutta, batting at 8, making 41 from 34 balls.

Satsimranjit Dhindsa led the Canadian bowlers with three wickets, notably bowling Aqib Illyas (who was man of the match in Oman's win over the USA) in the third over. Nikhil Dutta and Rizwan Cheema each took two wickets, as a strong bowling performance saw Oman dismissed for 191 from 40.5 overs.

Rizwan Cheema was named man of the match.

After the win, Ranjit Saini – President Cricket Canada states ‘We are buoyed after the win against two strong teams Uganda & Oman and confident that this performance on the field will see us winning the WCL Div 3 and see us back in Div 2, from where we will put in our hardest effort to get back to the Intercontinental Cup. The players have worked very hard and realize that the solution to their challenge lies within them and I hope winning ways continue to flourish us further. While getting ahead is never an easy task but we are certainly favoured to do so and have set ourselves up to meet the challenge.

Canada have a rest day and will play Malaysia in Entebbe on May 26, with the match scheduled to start at 3 am. Malaysia have lost both of their matches in the tournament.

Tue, 05/23/2017

Canada is competing this week in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Uganda, aiming for a top two finish, promotion to Division 2, and a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Canada's tournament got off to an excellent start today with a 66 run win over hosts Uganda in Kampala.  Rain delayed the start, and when play got under way the match was reduced to 42 overs per side. Canada batted after winning the toss, and after captain Nitish Kumar’s 43 had got them off to a good start, the innings became becalmed after they lost three wickets in four balls.

Canada took control of the game with a brilliant innings of 91 in 44 balls by Rizwan Cheema, featuring ten sixes, putting on 105 in an 6th wicket partnership with Dhanuka Pathirana who made 35. This allowed them to post a respectable total of 234/8.

A fine opening spell from Cecil Pervez reduced Uganda to 20/3 and they never recovered as the Canadian bowlers gave little away. Uganda were bowled out for 168 in 38.2 overs. Pervez finished with 4 wickets for 44, Dhindsa 2/14 and Dutta bowled 6 overs for 14 runs and two wickets. Rizwan Cheema was named man of the match.

After the win, Ingle Liburd, the team manager, sent a message to the board and stated “We have been talking about staying ahead of everyone. The attitude is to keep winning”. 

Canada now face Oman (who beat USA in their opening match today) tomorrow, 24th of May, with the match scheduled to start at 3 am EST in Kampala.

Dave Liverman

Director-at-Large (Media Relations)

Email: dliverman@cricketcanada.org