Tue, 02/07/2012

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the current 50-Over League played by the top eight Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) will now be called the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCL Championship).

The WCL Championship, together with the ongoing global divisions of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL), provides a dual pathway for all AMs to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015.

The competing teams in the WCL Championship include Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland - all with ODI status - along with the top two sides from WCL Division 2 in 2011, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The event is being played over a two and a half year period, and commenced in 2011. It will conclude towards the end of 2013 after each team has played each other in two matches across seven home or away rounds. Each team will therefore play 14 matches in total.

The top two teams in the WCL Championship will automatically join the ICC’s 10 Full Members in the CWC 2015, which is being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"The WCL Championship provides exciting ongoing competition for the top eight AMs through to the end of 2013, with all matches having an impact on ICC Cricket World Cup qualification," said ICC Global Development Manager Tim Anderson.

The bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014. This 10-team event will determine the final two qualifiers into the CWC 2015.

Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong, who finished third and fourth in WCL Division 2 in 2011, will also take part in the CWCQ 2014, while the other two competing teams will be decided via the ongoing WCL divisional structure. 

WCL Division 5 will be hosted in Singapore from February 18 to 25, followed by Division 4 later in 2012, then Division 3 in 2013. The top two teams in Division 3 will play in the CWCQ 2014.

"By both the WCL Championship and divisional events forming part of this qualifying process, not only do the top AMs have the opportunity to play against each other more regularly in matches with significant context, but all ICC Members have the opportunity to qualify for cricket’s flagship global event," added Mr Anderson.

Round three of the WCL Championship begins on 18 February 2012, with Ireland taking on Kenya in Mombasa. WCL Division 5 commences in Singapore on the same day, and will be contested by Argentina, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Malaysia and Singapore. The top two teams will then be promoted to Division 4.

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Tue, 02/07/2012

BC has lost one of the longest lasting legendary stalwarts of cricket.  He will be long remembered for his long and dedicated service to cricket both near and far.

 
As a human being, he was kind, generous, and compassionate and he was endowed with a refreshing sense of humour. Endeared by all, he mixed with players from all backgrounds and levels. He also had a humanitarian instinct and a philanthropic disposition. He was benevolent and generous and helped create opportunities for many promising cricketers.
Throughout his life, he maintained an insatiable passion for cricket.
 
One of the best ambassadors of BC and Canadian cricket, he took, managed and led touring teams to many parts of the globe. He deflected any focus on himself by calling his team BC Cricket Club, which simultaneously boosted the image of cricket in our province.
 
He inherited some of the common graces from his dad, whom he was very close to, and whom I met in 1969 in Lancashire when we were on tour. He was always jovial and loved to entertain and make others happy. On tour he would always make sure that each individual was well looked after.
 
He was captain of the Canadian team of which I was a member from 1969 to 1972. He led with humility, passion and fairness. He himself was a batsman who loved long innings, symbolic of his long service to cricket.
 
He possessed an uncommon and extensive range of human attributes.
His singing talent won him a regular role in TUTS, an annual musical event at Stanley Park.
 
He demonstrated and utilized his administrative skills at local, provincial, national and international levels. He would take on any job given to him, and do it well.
 
Befitting to the BCMCL trophy named after him, his name was synonymous with good sportsmanship, which he epitomised.
 
He had the personality that united rather than exacerbated differences. During my term as BCCA president in the decade of the nineties, he played a pivotal role in ameliorating relations between BCCA and the BCMCL.
 
Clifford Cox used his many God given talents and gifts to transform the cricket community wherever it was fortunate to have his presence.
 
There is so much more that could be said about a man that will leave everyone who met him with an indelible memory.
 
My thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Doreen and family during this time of grief.
 
Ben Seebaran is a former Canadian selector and administrator from Vancouver
Tue, 02/07/2012

Hamza Tariq has withdrawn from the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier squad due to personal reasons. The wicket keeper who was behind the stumps for all 4 matches at the recent Caribbean T20 tournament has played 9 T20's for Canada since his debut in 2010.  Tariq will be replaced by the selectors shortly. 

Sun, 02/05/2012

Cricket Canada is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Vice President Clifford Cox. Cliff, a former national team  captain and a fixture in BC cricket for over 4 decades, passed away in Vancouver on Saturday. 

A true sportsman and competitor, he actively competed in and guided the sport for over 70 years.  Currently, Cliff was the 3rd Vice President of Cricket,representing Canada internationally, on the Board of BC Cricket and a registered player for the Meraloma Club.  He was a big advocate for the game and never missed an opportunity to make sure you were up to speed on the latest cricket news.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 55 years, Doreen, daughters Liz and Joanne and their families, sister Carol and her daughter Mandy.  He will be fondly remembered by his staff, many business associates, cricket, theatrical and close friends.

President Ranjit Saini spoke briefly in Toronto regarding the passing of a dear friend. 

"Cliff Cox was a foundation of Canadian Cricket and a dedicated volunteer. He was a dear friend and a close advisor to me. In all times of difficulties and severe stress I would phone him and seek advice. Cliff brought peace and laughter to my life and was a person that could share my sorrows and excitement. While Cliff will live forever in our hearts, I will miss him dearly every moment of my life."

Details to follow.

 

 

Sat, 02/04/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario (CCO) in association with Cricket Canada and World Cricket Academy (WCA) is pleased to announce the 2011 u17 development tour of India The tour is tentatively scheduled from March 10 thru March 24h 2012, coinciding with the March school break.

The focus of the tour would be to develop advanced cricket skills and developing sound habits for a healthy life style and productive life. The tour program has been specially designed for Cricket Canada by the coaches at the WCA. The WCA, which hosted Canada prior to the 2011 Cricket World Cup is renowned the world over for developing high performance cricket athletes. Several WCA coaches have been working with the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals as well as other high performance programs around the world.

The tour will be managed by Dr. Sameer Bhagirathi. Dr. Bhagirathi is an experienced cricket coach with  a doctorate in Physical Education. Dr. Sameer will be assisted by Cricket Canada’s Cricket Operation Officer Ingleton Liburd and Cricket Council of Ontario Coach Mukesh Narula in the organisation and monitoring of the tour related activities.

The tour is being offered as user pay basis but has been heavily subsidized to support maximum participation. The spaces are limited to 15 and are open to members of all Cricket Canada and its affiliated organizations..  In an effort to assist in the development of the America’s region, CCO will also consider candidates from other countries. Players from outside Canada should have their home board contact Cricket Canada for further information.  The discounted cost of the tour is $2560 per participant and includes return airfare from Toronto to Nagpur, shared accommodation, meals and drinks, local transport and training.

Interested candidates must complete the on line applications form on or before Feb 14, 2012 to be considered for the tour. Parental/Guardian consent will be necessary and will be verified before the tour. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is required either by a certified Cheque/money order made in favour of Cricket Council of Ontario or by credit card by clicking here on or before Feb 14. 2012.

All participants will be responsible to obtain their own travel documents for the tour. CCO/WCA will provide the necessary invitation letter if necessary to facilitate the application for an Indian Visa.

The tour is tentative and subject to change. All deposits shall be returned should the tour not   progress as scheduled.

For any further enquiries please contact

Email:  development@cricketcanada.org     

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Wed, 02/01/2012

Canada's Rizwan Cheema will make history this month when he becomes the first Canadian player to be picked up in a Full Member T20 league. After putting up big performances against Sri Lanka, West Indies and England in the past several years, THE BASHA will get his chance to ply his trade professional overseas.

The IPL has not been a fertile hunting ground for players from the Associate nations, with Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate the sole owner of an IPL contract to this point. The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), however, stands to be a different proposition. A league rule required each of the six franchises to buy at least one player from an Associate country, a nod to Bangladesh's own history as an Associate.

The players who were snapped up at the player auction earlier this month were Alex Kervezee (Netherlands), Kyle Coetzer (Scotland), Rizwan Cheema (Canada), Niall O'Brien (Ireland), Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan) and Freddie Klocker (Denmark). For them, the league is an opportunity to showcase their talents alongside international stars and in front of packed stadiums.

"This is kind of the world stage," Cheema told ESPNcricinfo. "Playing with international players, all the top players from around the world, it is a big chance for the associate players to show their abilities."

Cheema hammered 93 off 71 balls against England in a practice match before the 2011 World Cup to become an instant star in Dhaka. He was bought by the Duronto Rajshahi for US$25,000. Their coach, Khaled Mashud, said Cheema was captain Mushfiqur Rahim's choice. "He is a good all-round cricketer and though we had some options on the table, we went for him," Mashud said. Cheema will be playing alongside the likes of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, Pakistan allrounder Abdul Razzaq and South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir. He said the tournament will be a great way to get vital experience before the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in March, where he will be Canada's vice-captain. "There is a lot to learn because there are so many people coming from all over the world."

The BPL is expected to draw big crowds for its first season and Cheema, who averages 30 at a strike rate of 121.38 from eight Twenty20 internationals, said that playing in front of a lot of people would be great motivation. "It gives you more energy and it really, really excites you. You want to do well when you see a lot of people around. It gives me more confidence."

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Mon, 01/23/2012

 

Trinidad & Tobago put in a clinical performance against Jamaica in the final to win their second consecutive Caribbean T20 title, and once again qualify for the lucrative Champions League T20. Dwayne Bravo played a sensible innings to take T&T towards a decent total; Kieron Pollard, in one 26-run over, changed that from a decent total to a strong one; and then the miserly T&T spinners, along with Ravi Rampaul, choked Jamaica to make sure the victory was by a thumping margin.

Dwayne Bravo's innings was a crucial one, as it held together an innings that showed signs of falling apart. Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo had both been dismissed by the seventh over: Simmons was beaten in the flight by legspinner Odean Brown and edged to the keeper, and Darren Bravo also edged, while poking at an Andre Russell delivery.

Dwayne Bravo showed immediate intent by pulling Russell for four in the ninth over, but lost both Adrian Barath and Denesh Ramdin at the other end in quick succession. Barath was stumped, trying to loft Brown over long-off, and Ramdin, who replaced Daren Ganga as captain before the tournament, was bowled by a Brown flipper.

At that stage, T&T were 65 for 4 in 11.1 overs and in trouble. Dwayne Bravo reacted by lofting Brown for six and then hitting another six off Nikita Miller two overs later. He mixed caution and aggression, rotating the strike in between the big shots and was helped by the fact that Sunil Narine, at the other end, was scoring at a quick rate. Narine rushed to 22 off 15 balls, hitting two sixes, both heaves to the leg side off David Bernard's medium pace.

Pollard, who was later named Man of the Series, was initially happy to play second fiddle to Dwayne Bravo. He was dropped in the 18th over, by Marlon Samuels off Krishmar Santokie. It was the second catch Jamaica had dropped - Shawn Findlay put down a sitter to let Dwayne Bravo off the hook when he was on just 20 - and they would regret them both. Santokie, who should have had Pollard's wicket, was subjected to a mauling by him in the final over of the innings. The second ball was driven for four past cover, and the next three were bludgeoned for sixes: one over long-on, one over long-off and one to midwicket. By the end of it, Santokie, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, had gone for 42 from his four overs.

Canadian's in record numbers watched matches on Sportsnet WORLD and Sportsnet ONE as cricket made its debut on major network television in Canada. 

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Sun, 01/22/2012

Two weeks of dramatic and edge of your seat cricket  comes to an end tonight as the Caribbean T20 Final between T&T and Jamaica goes at 7pm Eastern Time.

The match will be shown live on Sportsnet ONE as Red Force (T&T) looks to become the first back to back winners of this event.

On Saturday, Jamaica sealed their place in the final of the Caribbean T20 with a comfortable win over Windward Islands at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Windwards had won four games on the trot in the lead-up to the semis but lost their way with the bat in a crunch game. Opting to bat, they failed to capitalise and soon found themselves struggling at 36 for 4.

Trinidad and Tobago hammered Barbados at the Kensington Oval to book a final clash with Jamaica. On a day where a three-digit score wasn't reached, Barbados, after choosing to bat, were skittled out for 90. After a 17-run opening-wicket stand, their innings never really got going and persistent strikes kept them to a below-par score. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich top-scored with 21 but the T&T bowlers cut through the rest of the line-up. Dwayne Bravo led the way with three wickets, and was assisted by Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, each of whom picked up two wickets in miserly spells.

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Sat, 01/21/2012

Twenty-two former and current Members of Parliament have written letters of endorsement for cricket legend, Frederick Heather’s 2012 Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame nomination. Additionally, seven Senators have also put pen to paper to support Heather. The support and praise for Heather’s contributions as a builder of Canadian cricket have been overwhelming with a total of 43 written endorsements.

There are Olympic medalists, CEO’s, mayors, and authors who have joined the effort to have cricket recognized in Canada. Heather’s contributions to cricket can be read on the Cricket Canada website. Unfortunately, Canada does not have a cricket hall of fame, although Heather was inducted into the U.S. Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.

The only avenue for national recognition of cricket is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which currently does not honour a single cricketer. The Hall’s mission is to promote the importance of sport to Canadian culture, families and communities by sharing the compelling stories of our outstanding achievements in Canadian sport.

Our Members of Parliament promote that 2012 be the year Canadians are inspired by Heather’s outstanding achievements, through his inclusion to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Fri, 01/20/2012

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Trinidad & Tobago and the Windward Islands sealed semi-final spots in the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket competition in contrasting fashion on a rain-hit Thursday at Kensington Oval.

Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago were convincing winners over Canada by eight wickets on Duckworth/Lewis method, while Windward Islands snuck home in a much closer contest, scoring the winning run on the last ball to beat Guyana by five wickets.

Canada got off to a rousing start through openers Hiral Patel and Ruvindu Gunasekera, who added 43 in 6.2 overs.

But once Dwayne Bravo changed the course of the innings with three quick wickets and Kevon Cooper claimed a wicket and a brilliant run out, Canada slumped badly and failed to pass three figures, being limited to 99-9 off 20 overs.

Ravi Rampaul took 4-26 and Bravo 3-20.

In the run chase, Trinidad & Tobago lost two early wickets, and Adrian Barath to a controversial obstructing the field dismissal. But Darren Bravo (42 not out) and Denesh Ramdin (30 not out) shared a stand of 59 to see their side home, reaching the revised target of 91 off 18 overs with only two wickets down and with 17 balls to spare.