All teams have an off day on Thursday before the final day of the group stage on Friday in Windhoek. Nepal and Namibia both control their own destiny for promotion while Kenya and Uganda currently sit in the relegation zone and no longer have any chance at moving up. A win for Nepal over Kenya and the same for Namibia against Canada would clinch a berth for both teams into the 2015-2017 ICC Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship. Nepal can still clinch a spot in the top two even with a loss to Kenya if Namibia beats Canada and Uganda beats Netherlands. To move into the top two, Canada would not only need to beat Namibia but also would have to erase a 1.196 net run rate deficit with their opponent. Canada also trail Nepal by 0.857 on net run rate so a win coupled with a Nepal loss to Kenya and a more manageable overhaul of their deficit with Nepal could see Canada finish in the top two. Netherlands has a bigger net run rate deficit than Canada to make up on both Nepal and Namibia at 1.250 and 0.911 respectively. However, they face the weakest opponent in the tournament for their last match, Uganda, and have an outside chance of erasing that deficit but would need one of Nepal or Namibia to lose and then leapfrog that losing team plus Canada on net run rate to finish in the top two.
ICC World Cricket League - Division 2 ( Point Table)
Date - January 22 / 2015
Nitish Kumar notched the tournament's first century in a 111-run win for Canada over Uganda. The first List A century for the 20-year-old came off 106 balls with 10 fours and a six and eclipsed his previous List A best of 67. Kumar was part of two half-century stands with Rizwan Cheema (36) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (30) to give Canada a strong platform after winning the toss and batting. Captain Jimmy Hansra provided a late flourish with 63 not out off 54 balls to boost Canada up to an easily defendable 293 for 6. Seamer Cecil Pervez ripped through the Uganda top order with three wickets in the first nine overs before Phillimon Selowa countered back with a half-century. Offspinner Nikhil Dutta finally ended Selowa's stay for 70 and burrowed through the rest of the Uganda middle order to finish with 4 for 52. Pervez came back late for one more wicket to finish with 4 for 23 and left-arm spinner Parth Desai finished off the tail as Uganda subsided for 182 in 42 overs.
A five-wicket haul from fast bowler KC Karan, followed by Paras Khadka's maiden fifty in List-A cricket, helped Nepal thrash Canada by seven wickets in Windhoek. Karan, playing in only his third ever competitive match, fetched returns of 10-2-26-5, as he wrecked Canada's top and middle order. A few Canada batsmen made starts, but the team failed to string together even a single meaningful stand, as they duly folded for 114 in 49.2 overs. Apart from Karan, Sompal Kami chipped in with 2 for 28, while Khadka, Shakti Gauchan and Sagar Pun snared a wicket each. Nepal began the chase shakily, losing their openers Naresh Budayair and Subash Khakurel off successive balls in the second over with the team yet to get off the mark. However, Gyanendra Malla and Khadka steered Nepal home with a partnership worth 114 runs for the third wicket. Khadka was the more aggressive foil in that stand, muscling 11 fours and three sixes to make his way to 77, but he was dismissed towards the end of the chase. Malla, though, remained unbeaten on 32, as Nepal gunned down the target with almost 27 overs to spare.
Aggressive half-centuries by Navneet Dhaliwal and Rizwan Cheema were instrumental in Canada posting a strong total in their second WCL Division Two match, before Parth Desai picked up four wickets to help the team beat Kenya comfortably. Cheema kick-started the Canada innings with a couple of boundaries in the fifth over, before accelerating even more, with two sixes in the sixth over. While his partner Nitish Kumar was content with playing out dots, Cheema went on to complete his half-century in the ninth over, off only 27 balls. He was soon dismissed for 57, but the initial tempo helped Canada play patiently during the middle overs. Then Dhaliwal provided the late spurt, hitting six four and four sixes in his 109-ball stay. He was dismissed in the last over of the innings, seven short of his century. Kenya's chase of 258 was off to a poor start as they lost their openers within six overs. Collins Obuya and Irfan Karim added 95 runs for the third wicket to revive the team's chances, but as the required rate shot up, Kenya could not prevent regular fall of wickets. Their lower middle order crumbled against Desai and the team was bowled out for 211 in the 48th over.
Namibia’s Nicolaas Scholtz: “We as the Namibia National Cricket Team are really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and make our country and supporters proud” Canada’s Jimmy Hansra: “We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa” Nepal’s Paras Khadka: “If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours” Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 will see six Associate teams locking horns in Namibia and Jimmy Hansra of Canada, Nicolaas Scholtz of Namibia, and Paras Khadka of Nepal, say their teams are prepared for a tough battle. During the eight-day tournament that commences on 17 January, Canada, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands and Uganda will compete for the opportunity to progress to ICC’s four-day Intercontinental Cup and the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship. Canada skipper Jimmy Hansra is looking forward to play in an ICC tournament again: “It will be one year since Canada last participated in an ICC tournament. The team has worked hard over the last year and are looking forward to playing in this important tournament.” There are some youthful additions to Canada’s squad with Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dutta, who both represented Canada at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in UAE at the beginning of 2014, both being called up. Hansra who led the team at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014 in New Zealand, said: “We have played against many, if not all of the teams that are participating in ICC WCL Div. 2, and know what to expect from them. We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa. We have to stick to our strengths and execute our plans, and I have no doubt in the overall ability of this group to do well in this tournament.” Newly-promoted Nepal will be led by veteran skipper Paras Khadka, who said: “Everyone is working hard and we are very keen to play our very best and win the tournament. If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colours. It’s a major tournament and everyone is really keen to perform and climb up the divisional ladder.” Nepal has had a big year of international cricket, competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in January 2014, and competing on the world stage at the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where it beat Hong Kong and Afghanistan. Nepal also won the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Malaysia in October 2014. “This year we played in our first ICC World Twenty20, performed well in the event and once again won ICC WCL Div. 3. Back home, cricket has grown ten folds and has reached another height. We must continue this momentum; our focus is to get into the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup,” said Khadka. Hosts Namibia will be captained by Nicolaas Scholtz who is excited to be playing on home soil: “Namibia is really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and we’re aiming make our country and supporters proud. We are looking forward to some hard competitive cricket and perform in the right spirit and to the maximum of our abilities. “I think we will have a very good chance to win the tournament. We have a really good team, full of energy, with a good mix of experience and youngsters. The team are well-prepared for the tournament and everyone is ready and itching to get going,” said Scholtz. The opening day of the tournament will see Namibia take on Kenya at Wanderers, Netherlands lock horns with Canada at United, and Uganda face Nepal at Wanderers Affies.
Canada will tour Zimbabwe early next year for four fifty-over matches which will form part of Zimbabwe's preparation for the 2015 World Cup and ahead of Canada's World Cricket League Division 2 campaign.
All the matches will take place at Harare Sports Club between January 6 and 12 and Zimbabwe will field an A squad, coached by former first-class player Shepherd Makunura. Stuart Matsikenyeri, who last played for Zimbabwe in 2012, is part of the squad.
The games will afford Zimbabwe's new coach, expected to be named later this week, an opportunity to assess candidates for the World Cup squad which must be named by January 7. Dav Whatmore, the former Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan coach, isthe frontrunner for the job. Whatmore arrived in Harare late Sunday and hoped to seal the deal early this week.
He will inherit a team that has recently returned from an 8-0 blanking in Bangladesh after losing all three Tests and five ODIs and which has little more than a month to prepare for the World Cup. Should Whatmore get the job, he will hold a training camp in Dubai, where it may be possible for other warm-up fixtures to be arranged in addition to the Canada fixtures.
Canada, who lost ODI status in February, have never toured Zimbabwe and only played against them twice. They lost both games - one a tri-series fixture in Port-of-Spain in 2006 and the other a group stage match at the 2011 World Cup - although those matches were against a full Zimbabwe international side and not an A team.
Canada failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup but will use the visit to Zimbabwe as preparation for their WCL Division Two tournament which will take place in Namibia from January 17 to 24.
There, Canada will play the hosts, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal and Uganda with winner going through to the Intercontinental Cup and the World Cricket League Championship, which would be a step to regaining their ODI badge.
The National selectors have named the Canada squad for the ICC WCL Division 2, Namibia from 17th to 24th Jan 2015. Prior to the tournament the team will travel to Zimbabwe from 3rd to 12th January where they will play four matches against Zimbabwe A team.
1. Jimmy Hansra - Captain - BC
2. Rizwan Cheema - ON
3. Ruvindu Gunasekera - ON
4. Nitesh Kumar - ON
5. Srimantha Wijeyeratne - ON
6. Umer Nawaz - BC
7. Cecil Pervez - ON
8. Hamza Tariq - AB
9. Navneet Dhaliwal - ON
10. Varun Sehdev - ON
11. Satsimranjit Dhindsa - ON
12. Parth Desai - ON
13. Nikhil Dutta - ON
14. Durand Soraine - ON
1. Trevin Bastiampillai - ON
2. Awais Ahmed - BC
3. Usman Limbada - ON
4. Farhan Malik.- AB
Coach - Mukesh Narula
Manager - Naresh Jain
CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE TO OFFER CONTRACTS TO YOUNG CRICKETERS FROM THE CARIBBEAN AND ICC AMERICAS REGION
Friday 12th December, 2014 – Kingston, Jamaica: The Caribbean Premier league (CPL) today announced a new initiative for the 2015 edition, geared towards providing an opportunity for the best U-19 cricketers from the Caribbean, and developing players from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Associate Members in the Americas region, to make the final squad of one of the six franchises taking part in the tournament.
One player from the ICC Associate Members in the Americas region will be assigned to each of the franchises and invited to the training camps being held ahead of the tournament. The young cricketers will join four U-19 West Indies players who will also be assigned to each of the franchises and attend the training camps.
Last year, the U-19 West Indies players attended the camps, but were not eligible to make the final team squads and take part in matches during the league. This will change in 2015, as one of the five young players will make the final squad and be available to play in the tournament proper.
Commenting on the initiative, CPL Cricket Operations Director, Michael Hall, said; “This provides an excellent opportunity for a young player to get a taste of life as a professional cricketer – the travel, the daily practice sessions and the intensity of the actual competition. We took the decision based on feedback from the coaches who were involved last year – they all felt that there was enough talent at the U-19 level to warrant creating an additional roster spot for one of them.”
ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Ben Kavenagh, welcomed the opportunity being afforded to the cricketers from the Americas. He said; “We have selected a squad of 12 players to take part in an ICC Americas Talent Development Camp in Barbados from December 14th to 21st, which will be staged in conjunction with the WICB High Performance Centre and Barbados Cricket Association. The squad has been selected from the best U17’s from our August Match Play Camp, the best U-19s from our team in the WICB U-19 event in Guyana and some U-23 players who are currently playing in senior national teams.”
Six players will be selected following the Talent Development Camp, and will be assigned to a CPL Franchise, where they will join their West Indies U-19 counterparts who, as was the case last year, will be selected by their local territorial boards. Each franchise will then select one player to be a part of its final squad. Final CPL squad rosters for the 2015 season will be increased from 15 to 16.
As the cricket world continues to mourn the passing of Phillip Hughes and prepares for his funeral on Wednesday December 3, 2pm AEDT (10pm December 2 ET Canada), at Macksville High School, Macksville, New South Wales, all connected with Cricket Canada have expressed its deepest condolences to Phil Hughes’ family, friends and the Australian cricket fraternity.
For those who wish to watch the funeral service, both television and radio streams will be available through www.cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live app, with updates throughout provided via www.cricket.com.au's social media channels.
May his soul rest in peace.