Mon, 01/02/2012

In 2015, Canada will host the Pan American games in the Greater Toronto Area. In an effort to promote cricket across the region, Cricket Canada, in conjunction wtih  ICC Americas and West Indies Cricket Board, has launched a major initiative to have cricket included as a sport in the 2015 competition.

Cricket Canada is coordinating activities to put a “cricket group” together from cricket playing nations in the Americas and the countries that make up West Indies Cricket Board. Cricket Canada hopes to put cricket up for consideration as a sport in the upcoming meeting of the PASO in Mexico City in March 2012. Cricket Canada has been a strong proponent of cricket in multi-sport events such as the Pan Am Games, Commonwealth  Games and Olympic Games. Canada partcipated in the 1997 cricket event at the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.

“This is a very important opportunity for the development of cricket in Canada as well as the region" said President Ranjit Saini.

"We  learnt a bitter lesson last year when  our request for funding to host (the 2012 u19 Cricket World Cup) was declined due to lack of priority for sports that are not part of multi-sport international events such as Pan Am, Commonwealth and Olympics”.

As a direct result of lack of funding to make necessary upgrades to the infrastructure and not having sufficient time to launch other efforts, Cricket Canada had to take the decision to withdraw from the hosting opportunity.

Saini believes Canada is well positioned to host the proposed T20 event saying.

"The inclusion  of T20 cricket will reduce the demand for large infrastructure requirements and hence creation of new and/or up grading of the current grounds will be easily affordable.  Most of the infrastructure exists and only minor upgrading is required. 

Cricket Canada is proposing that T20 format of the game be included in the Pan Am games, in the same vein its inclusion in the Asian Games. 

Sun, 01/01/2012


The last few days of 2011 were extremely busy for Cricket Canada's KIDS program as  the Seven Oaks School Division of Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently initiated the introduction of cricket into some of its Schools.  Keith Deonaraine of the Cosmos Cricket Club in conjunction with Cricket Canada KIDS over the past few weeks \spent several days at West St. Paul School, HC Avery Middle School, Forest Park School and Ecole Riverbend introducing the game of cricket to over 1000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.  Deonaraine recently completed the ICC level 1 coaching program, through Cricket Canada, in September 2011. Keith was very  pleased with the enthusiasm of the students, many of whom have never played or in most cases never even seen cricket before.


Many schools continue to show interest in cricket and Deonaraine will be busy in the coming months visiting many other schools in the Seven Oaks Division.  There is interest in the program because schools are the ones now reaching out to Deonaraine to bring cricket to their schools.  The short term goals is to have students participate in a school tournament at the Elwick Cricket field in the spring, and eventually bring them into Manitoba Cricket Association tournaments and programs.  


Sun, 12/25/2011

On behalf of all of us at Cricket Canada, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season and all the best for 2012. 

Fri, 12/23/2011

Canadian Cricketer Rustam Bhatti has stuck it big in Pakistan, making it into the Lahore u23 team.  After a string of solid domestic performances in the local leagues, Bhatti received the call up this week for the national u23 tournament.

Bhatti last played for Canada against Afghanistan in an ODI in August. He has played 1 ODI and 3 first class matches for Canada as well as captaining the u19 team to a stunning upset over Zimbabwe u19 in the 2010 u19 Cricket World Cup. 

Profile: Rustam Bhatti

Wed, 12/21/2011

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the schedule for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 which will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 13 to 24 March, 2012.

Sixteen sides from across the globe will feature in the 12-day tournament which will be played at five venues - Dubai International Cricket Stadium and ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds No.1 and No.2 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium and the historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The 16 teams have been divided into two groups with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark and Nepal forming Group A and Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and the USA comprising Group B.
The tournament winner will join Australia and the West Indies in group B of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in September 2012 while the losing finalist will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.
Sat, 12/17/2011

CRICKET CANADA is pleased to announce the following squad that will take part in the 2012 Caribbean T20 tournament in Antigua and Barbados January 9-23rd, 2012. 

Jimmy Hansra will skipper a side that turned many heads at the 2011 event with a stunning upset of ECB T20 champions Hampshire in the opener and losing a nail-biter to eventual champions Trinidad and Tobago on the last ball. The team has just returned from a tough tour of Barbados where they were slow to gain steam but posed stiff competition for the hosts knocking them off in the penultimate match of the tour. 
Jimmy Hansra (Abbotsford, BCMCL) - Captain
Rizwan Cheema (PCB, TDCA) – Vice Captain
Manny Aulakh (Richmond, BCMCL)
Jeremy Gordon (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Ruvindu Gunasekera (Overseas, TDCA)
Nitish Kumar (TCSCC, TDCA)
Usman Limbada (PCB, TDCA)
Salman Nazar (PCB, TDCA)
Henry Osinde (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Hiral Patel (Brampton Masters, TDCA)
Raza Rehman (TCSCC, TDCA)
Junaid Siddiqui (PCB, TDCA)
Zubin Surkari (TCSCC, TDCA)
Hamza Tariq (United, CDCL)
The squad will leave from Toronto on January 6th and start the tournament on January 11th against Winward Islands. 
Wed, 12/14/2011

Canada's tour of Barbados has come to an end with a narrow lost to the hosts Barbados. Canada  won the toss and put Barbados into bat first. Canada were sharp early and had Barbados on the ropes at 75-5 before the hosts scraped to 138-9 from 20 overs. Junaid Siddiqui opened the bowling again for Canada and picked up 2-32. Also taking wickets were Harvir Baidwan (2-41) ,Raza Rehman (2-27), and  Manny Aulakh (1-13). 

Canada got off to a good start developing handy partnerships and they motored towards the target. Skipper Jimmy Hansra (42) led the charge to the end but Canada fell just short of the target. Zubin Surkari (26) and Raza Rehman (23) also made handy contributions with the bat. 

Canada are now off for 3 weeks and will next be in action against the Winward Islands in the opener of the Caribbean T20 tournament.


Tue, 12/13/2011

Canada has defeated Barbados by 13 runs in the 4th T20 between the two sides. Batting first, Rizwan Cheema's half century led Canada to a massive 158 which they defended successfully. 

Cheema's half century came off a mere 26 balls and pushed Canada to the fighting score. 

In reply Harvir Baidwan (3-32) was the pick of the bowlers for the Canadian team as Barbados finished on 145-7.  

Wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq finished the day with 4 dismissals.


Sun, 12/11/2011

Canada posted their first win of the Barbados tour yesterday against Combined Campuses & Colleges at the 3W's Ground, winning by 5 wickets. On a sticky wicket, Canada won the toss and elected to field first restricting the home side to just 92 runs of 20 overs. Canada passed the score in the penultimate over with 5 wickets in hand, Cheema on 16* and Sattar on 14*. Coach Michael Dighton has his first win as Canada's coach and is looking for more to round out the tour.


Combined Campuses & Colleges Innings

R.Currency c Surkari b Sorraine  24(38balls)
K.Mayers c Surkari b Aulakh 2(7)
K.Hope c Tariq b Cheema 1(5)
F.Reifer run out(Tariq) 26(32)
N.Parris c Sorraine b Siddiqui 10(16)
R.Wiggins c Tariq b Baidwan 4(6)
J.Holder not out 12(11)
K.McLean st Tariq b Baidwan
A.Dewar run out 2(5)

Extras: 3lb 1nb 7wides

Total: 92 off 20overs

Bowling: H.Osinde 2-0-16-0, M.Aulakh 4-0-15-1, H.Baidwan 4-0-20-2, R.Cheema 3-0-5-1, D.Sorraine 3-1-15-1, J.Siddiqui 4-0-18-1

Canada Innings

H.Patel c Currency b K.McLean 11(14balls)
D.Sorraine c McLean b J.Holder 14(12)
Z.Surkari c Parris b J.Holder 6(17)
R.Rehman c Austin b K.Mayers 20(21)
U.Limbada c Dewar b K.Mayers 4(21)
A.Sattar not out 14(15)
R.Cheema not out 16(12)

Extras: 2lb 6wides

Total: 93 off 18.4overs

Canada win by 5 wickets.

Sat, 12/10/2011

Canada lost its third straight match to Barbados on this tour, this time by nine wickets. Batting first, Canada struggled at the top to get any traction but the middle  order staged a fightback to pull Canada to three figures. The total was not enough however as Barbados overhauled it with ease coasting to their third victory on the trot against Canada.