Tue, 11/05/2013

Fans of the Brampton Beast, the new CHL team, will have an opportunity to support Cricket Canada this weekend at the Beast’s three home games being held November 7th, 8thand 10th at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

Cricket Canada reps will be on hand starting a half-hour before game time to sell their unique, cricket-only 2014 calendars [or click here to purchase], cricket merchandise, and tickets for the upcoming fundraising Dinner to be held on November 29th  at Trapper’s Restaurant in Toronto.  [click here for info and tickets]

If you’re planning on attending one of the games, be sure to check out our exhibit in the arena concourse.  Support cricket development with a purchase!  Great for gifts, too.


Sat, 11/02/2013
Canada will be travelling to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 (WT20Q) with a mixture of youth and experience, including the returning captain, Ashish Bagai, who had a brief spell out of the game.
The tournament, scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 15 to 30 November, will see Canada placed in Group A in Abu Dhabi alongside Namibia, Uganda, USA, Italy, Hong Kong, UAE and current champion Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Bagai said: “Obviously, Ireland will be favourites in our group, then UAE has been playing decent T20 cricket lately as well and Namibia, so those three are going to be pretty tough games that could go either way. We are going to be preparing as best we can, we’ve done some homework on them and we know that they are the games we need to win if we want to ensure qualification.”
Canada has been busy preparing for the tournament and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper explained what the side has been up to, saying, “Our preparation has been going pretty well. We finished our season back home in the beginning of October, which was a good timeframe for the qualifiers.
“We then had a couple of weeks off before the team all got together again to train indoors and also have some net sessions. Now the team are in Sri Lanka, we are going to have about 10-12 days in Sri Lanka before we head to Dubai, so, overall the team should be well prepared and in good shape.
“In Sri Lanka, we have Scotland and Kenya here as well, so we are trying to play matches against both of those as well as some matches against some combined first class player teams. Then hopefully we can get something to do with Sri Lanka A as well.”
Canada finished sixth in the previous event, held in the UAE in 2012, and Bagai, although wanting to improve on the side’s previous performance, is keen simply to finish in the top six to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014.
“Being a Twenty20 short format competition you obviously go in there to finish on top. Our first goal is, however, to qualify, but if you get that far there is no reason any of the top six Associate countries can’t win the tournament.
“In saying that, it is not going to be easy, we haven’t really had the results we would have wanted in the last year or so. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead, but we are absolutely going in there to win the tournament.
“Our first match is against the USA and we play them quite a bit and they are neighbours, so there is a natural rivalry. We going to come out hard against all of the teams but it will be good to get that first one out of the way and hopefully have one win under our belt. We will go into that match confident, as we have had some good battles in the past,” said Bagai.
The team has been working on improving key elements of its game, explained Bagai, who has represented Canada in 62 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals.
“There are a whole bunch of areas that we’ve targeted for our improvement since the last qualifier, I don’t think there is anything there that we are happy with completely, however there are some more than others.
“Fielding has obviously been a concern, and it has been a big focus for the last 12 months or so to lift our standard of fielding. Death bowling is another one that we have been working on, finishing off games. Top of the order has also been a problem, losing wickets early, so like I said all three areas are crucial, the first six overs in the batting department, the last six overs in the bowling department and overall fielding,” said Bagai.
Identifying the players that fans of the game should keep an eye out for, Bagai named a trio of players. “On the bowling side of things we’ve got a player called Jeremy Gordon who previously played for Guyana as well, he’s a quick bowler and not too many teams have seen him.
“He has got some pace and some oomph about him. He’s done really well this season and really matured. He has always had some pace but he has really got some control this year.
“On the batting side, two of our young guys Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera have had decent seasons, Ruvindu particularly, he scored a lot of runs this summer against The Netherlands and UAE. He’s going to be the key for us at the top of the order.”
Canada’s opening match against the USA will be played at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 15 November.
Canada – Ashish Bagai (captain), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq
Thu, 10/03/2013

Cricket Canada announces its launch of the inaugural GO TO BAT for CRICKET CANADA Fundraising Dinner.

Being held at Trappers Restaurant at 3479 Yonge Street in Toronto on Friday, November 29, 2013, you are invited to join us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course gourmet dinner with your choice of entrée (including a vegetarian option), DJ entertainment, a Silent Auction, and meet-&-greet Team Coaches and Players.  Proceeds support junior development and our national teams.

Tickets are $100 per person and you will be provided with a charitable receipt for $50.  Dress code is Cocktail Attire. Tickets can be purchased at http://gotobatdinner.eventbrite.ca

Thu, 10/03/2013

Fans of Canadian Cricket can support junior development and Canada’s National Teams with a donation to Cricket Canada.  It’s easy … just click on this link:  http://cricketdonation.eventbrite.ca

Donations of $50 or more will receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes.


Thu, 10/03/2013


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Police Station, 23 Division, 5230 Finch Avenue West, Toronto, ON   M9V 0A1



Register by email before the date above, stating the level of examination that you wish to sit.  See below for the only method of registration.  Persons who fail to register may not be allowed to sit the examination.

Candidates for the Intermediate Umpire, Qualified Umpire, and Qualified Scorer certificates must bring their own calculators for Last Hour calculations and also bring D/L sheets and resource tables.

Candidates may only attempt more than one Cricket Canada umpiring examination and more than one Cricket Canada scoring examination in any calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) if they are successful in the first examination.


Provisional Umpire examination (Level 1).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws (Part A) and the  basic ICC Standard Playing Conditions (Part B) for limited overs matches.  To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are very strongly advised to study both “Tom Smith’s New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring” current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  The examination lasts for one hour.  Minimum age 12 years*.  Pass mark 70% in Part A and 70% in Part B.  Fee $10


Intermediate Umpire examination (Level 2).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate a very good knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).  Candidates must pass both Part A and Part B.  The examination lasts for two-and-a-half hours.  Pass mark 75%.  Fee $12


Qualified Umpire (Level 3).  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws (Part A), including LBW and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including Duckworth/Lewis method (Part B).  The examination lasts for three hours.  Some answers to the questions require detailed explanations.  Candidates must pass both Parts A and B and the LBW questions.  Cricket Canada Qualified Umpires are capable of standing in any cricket match up to the national level.  Pass mark 80%.  Fee $12.  This qualification requires successful on-field assessments by umpires appointed by Cricket Canada.


Provisional Scorer examination.  Start time 9:00 am

Minimum age 12 years*.  Candidates must demonstrate a reasonably good knowledge of the current MCC Laws and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches as they concern scorers.  To increase the chance of success in this examination, candidates are strongly advised to study both “Tom Smith’s New Cricket Umpiring and Scoring” current version ISBN 978-0-297-86641-1 and the current (October 2012) ICC rules for limited overs matches.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  Pass mark 70%.  Fee $10


Qualified Scorer examination.  Start time 9:00 am

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent knowledge of the MCC Laws and Test match playing conditions (Part A) and the ICC Standard Playing Conditions for limited overs matches including the manual Duckworth/Lewis method and bonus point calculation (Part B), as they concern scorers.  A score sheet is provided for Part C.  The examination lasts for three hours.  Candidates are expected to pass Parts A, B, and C.  This qualification normally expires after five seasons.  Pass mark 80%.  Fee $12


* assignments are subject to the local league’s playing conditions


Kantilal (Ken) Patel

Umpire Coordinator and Chairman, Umpire Certification


To register, contact:

Gwynne Giles


Copy:  patel_kantilal@hotmail.com

Mon, 09/30/2013

Cricket Canada (CC), is seeking energetic individuals or organizations capable of identifying and developing commercial opportunities and partnerships to assist in the development of cricket in Canada.  CC is the governing body for Cricket in Canada.

Cricket Canada is seeking a dedicated resources individual or group focused on identifying commercial opportunities and securing much needed financial resources. The successful applicant(s) will research, identify and procure new relationships with corporate partners and government agencies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with CC  senior management to establish a commercial strategy;
  • Research Government (Federal, Provincial and Local) grants that CC may be eligible to apply for;
  • With the support of CC, prepare grant applications and submit them on behalf of CC;
  • Prepare materials and distribute these to attract and secure benefactors and benevolent Foundations;
  • Assist in an analysis of  inventory of prospective commercial assets, creating commercial programs that are attractive to commercial supporters;
  • Research and identify key commercial segments that align with the objectives and assets of CC;
  • Develop commercial programs and sponsorship proposals aimed at securing corporate sponsors of cricket;
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with prospective corporate sponsors and government agencies;
  • Proactively create, build and enhance relationships with partners, ensuring their long term sustainability;
  • Deliver tangible commercial results within agreed target times;
  • Assist in the management of all sponsors and grant contracts, preparing for sponsor servicing ‘hand over’ to CC at the conclusion of the transaction.


RFP Requirements:

Submission of a proposal that covers the following:

  • Demonstration of experience in obtaining sponsorship
  • A short overview listing the planned approach
  • Examples of previous campaigns, preferably with copies of material
  • A listing of professional references
  • Expectations regarding retainer


Other requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary business degree
  • Significant sales experience in a sporting environment
  • Significant experience and proven track record in constructing sponsorship proposals and marketing materials
  • Advanced negotiating skills with potential benevolent Foundations, benefactors, sponsors and official suppliers
  • Proven success in identifying, establishing and building strong business partnerships
  • Experience and success in identifying and preparing government funding grant applications
  • Experience and involvement working in commercial transactions with benefactors and benevolent Foundations
  • Skills and experience in commercial strategic planning
  • Persuasive presentation skills
  • A self-starter, with a professional, determined and persistent approach


Nature of the Role:

Consultancy Agreement with retainer and commission to be negotiated; remuneration offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

If you feel that you can meet the challenge, please email your proposal and cover letter to doughannum@cricketcanada.org

This role is all about commercial results and consistent successful negotiations for the benefit of cricket development in Canada. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those deemed qualified will be contacted.


Applications close 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday October 11th, 2013.  

Wed, 09/25/2013

Cricket Canada (CC) is seeking to employ Community Coaches to work in its exciting CC Kids Program.

CC is the governing body for cricket in Canada, its head office is in Toronto and it is an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council as part of cricket’s global development programme.

The role of Community Coach is to sustainably grow participation in the Greater Toronto Area, in cooperation with the Cricket Council of Ontario, with a particular focus on developing the game in primary schools and transitioning these children into regular junior cricketers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruiting primary schools to be a part of CC Kids Programs
  • Planning and delivering quality programs within schools
  • Delivering introduction to cricket coach education courses for teachers, parents and volunteers
  • Promoting, recruiting and coordinating CC Kids Ten10 regional weeknight competitions
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships to influence the sustained growth of cricket through work with schools, facilities providers, parents, volunteers and other cricket stakeholders
    • Completing weekly reports to the Participation Project Manager which detail schools visited, competitions run, teachers trained and participant numbers
    • Provide strategic feedback on the delivery aspect of the program and any improvement areas

Requirements for a successful candidate include:

  • Understanding of Canadian schools and cricket environment
  • Level 1 Cricket Coaching Accreditation preferable
    • Current Police Record Check
    • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills with an ability to present to groups and influence change
  • Strong administration skills and proficiency with Microsoft word, excel and outlook programs
    • Experience with delivering cricket programs to children, teachers and volunteers
  • Experience organizing tournaments and events
  • Passionate, energetic, self driven and results-oriented

Conditions of employment:

  • Community Coaches will be Toronto based and casually employed and must be available to work both during school hours and after school hours.


A Position Description may be requested by emailing hr@cricketcanada.org.  If you meet the requirements and feel you can thrive in this role, please email a cover letter outlining what you believe to be the four most critical elements to delivering a successful cricket program for children aged 6 – 13 years and your resume to hr@cricketcanada.org by 5pm on Friday 11th October.

Thu, 08/29/2013

A tour which was dominated by Canada most of the way came to a screeching halt as a bad pitch undid Canada on Thursday. Losing a toss that had to be won, Canada's batsmen were hung out losing the first 6 wickets for 16 runs. Only Damodar Daesarath (29) managed to show any kind of gumption to bat through challenging conditions as Timm van der Gugten (5-24) and Peter Seelar (4-15) did Canada in.


Tue, 08/27/2013

A spirited performance by Canada was ruined by wet outfield at MLCC on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even after a reserve day was brought into play, the field conditions were determined to be unplayable by match officials.


Winning the toss and bowling first in a 28 over rain reduced match, Canada's paceman struck early led by Jeremy Gordon, continuing his fine form from the summer. Gordon finished with 3-26 but it was debutant Kenneth Kamyuka who picked up four wickets, including one with his first ball in ODI cricket that did the damage. Netherlands were reeling at 62-6 but Ben Cooper led a steady rearguard that added crucial runs taking the total to 143. 

In reply, in form Ruvindu Gunaskera fell early but Hiral Patel and Nitish Kumar took the score to 61-1 off 10 overs before rain intervened. Canada will stat the day on Wednesday needing 82 runs in 18 overs with  9 wickets in hand. 


Tue, 08/20/2013

Canada's most storied cricketer Ashish Bagai has been named captain of the senior men's side for all formats of the game. Bagai had previous been named by the selectors as captain for the WCL ODI matches against Netherlands. 

The appointment, takes effect immediately and will run through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers through to the end of January.