Fri, 05/18/2012

Cricket Council of Ontario is pleased to announce the creation of “Ontario Premier League T20” and has provided sanction of the TDCA sponsored proposal to conduct a T20 tournament as “Ontario Premier League T20” or “OPLT20”. The tournament will be played for 10 consecutive days and will involve 4 teams chosen through a draft.

The tournament will be primarily including Ontario registered players that have played in Ontario for at least one full season. Each team must include in the playing 11, at least 2 u19 players. Out of province players may be considered on limited basis provided players produce an NOC from their cricket boards.
The tournament has 4 main objectives:
1. Provide High Performance Experience to Ontario players
2. Provide Quality Cricket entertainment event to draw spectator’s and stake holder
3. Attract sponsorships to Ontario cricket by providing a flawless and efficient cricket
4. Enhance overall image of cricket by producing and delivering a quality cricket event
More details will be announced in the coming days by the league administration.
Sun, 05/13/2012

Cricket Canada is greatly disappointed by the events following the May 12th All Star T20 event from the Roger’s Centre with respect to unpaid player salaries and have been working with the promoters to resolve the situation amicably. 

We fully understand the frustration felt by the players in question and have reached out to the participating agents to provide copies of their clients’ contracts with event promoters Kat Rose Inc, so that we can engage to explore opportunities to assist in the pursuit of unpaid monies to both the participating players and Cricket Canada.

The event itself was a positive statement for the potential of cricket in Canada with an estimated 12,000 enthusiastic cricket fans in attendance to witness an exciting contest that featured many of our Canadian cricket stars.  We will continue to seek opportunities to host future high profile events and take the necessary steps to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are met accordingly.

Fri, 04/27/2012

Canada squeaked by Argentina by 9 runs in a rain reduced match on Saturday. Durriya Shabbir (13) led the way for the Canadians on the way to 31-4 (5 overs). Argentina replied with 22-6 as Kamcha Mirchandani (2-6) led the way for the Canadian bowlers. 

The win sets up a one game, winner takes all match between Canada and USA for the right to be called tournament champions.


Mon, 04/16/2012

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) will officially launch the CIMA Mayor's School Cricket Tournament on April 18th (see event details below).

The tournament will be held on May 14 to 17 at the Eglinton Flats Park, G. Ross Lord Park, Centennial Park and Sunnybrook Park. The final games of the tournament will be held on June 2 at Summerlea Park.

CIMA has partnered with the City of Toronto since 2005 on cricket projects aimed to engage youth from Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods.

Launch Event | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 10:30 - 11:30a | Metro Hall, Rotunda, 55 John Street, 1st Floor

For further details please visit:

Mon, 04/02/2012

Cricket Canada’s annual meeting of the Board of Directors concluded this past Sunday from Richmond, BC. 

Highlights from DAY ONE included a review of Cricket Canada’s strategic plan, a commitment to develop sustainable junior pathways, addition of the Newfoundland Cricket Association to the membership body, and a “Call to Action” campaign to foster grass roots, volunteerism, awareness, & participation.

The Cricket Canada Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to former Vice President Clifford Cox and accepted by his wife Doreen in front of several of his friends and family.

DAY TWO was headlined by the election of a new Cricket Canada executive team. First Vice President, Ravin Moorthy was elected as the organization’s President succeeding Ranjit Saini. British Columbia’s Vimal Hardat was re-elected as VP as was Calvin Clarke to his position as board Secretary.  Nova Scotian Amit Joshi  is the new comer to the group being also elected as a VP.

In brief remarks on Monday, Cricket Canada’s new President was grateful for the responsibility given by the board.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for showing their confidence in me to lead Cricket Canada through this important period of growth and development.  Cricket is cross-cultural, generational, and connects millions of Canadians in communities across the country.  Cricket Canada will be calling on all stake holders including Canadian Corporations and the Government of Canada to support the organization through these exciting next steps.”

Ravin is the first Albertan to assume the post of President and has established a solid reputation for consistent success in both program & portfolio managment and organisational governance.  He has held multiple executive positions within Cricket Canada, Cricket Alberta, and the Calgary & District Cricket League during a period of 15 years volunteer service to the sport in Canada.

Moorthy was appreciative of the work done by his predecessor, Ranjit Saini, who had previously held the post since 2010.

“I would like to thank Ranjit for his tireless efforts to move the organization forward during his tenure.  He was instrumental in establishing Cricket Canada’s Summer Festival and played a prominent role in Cricket Canada being accepted into the Canadian Olympic Committee.”

Thu, 03/22/2012

OTTAWA, March 22, 2012–  On Tuesday, Cricket Team Canada won their match against Nepal at the International Cricket Council World T–20 Qualifier. Today, they will face the team from Ireland to contend for an opportunity to compete for a top‑20 world ranking.

As the single largest contributor to sport in Canada, our Government is proud to support Cricket Canada in its goal of further developing the sport of cricket in this country, including increasing their school programs and promoting the participation of women and girls in the sport. In fact, our government was the first to provide program funding from Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program to Cricket Canada in 2007.

We also appreciate the work of the International Cricket Council and their efforts to help Cricket Canada grow and develop the game in Canada. In 2009, over 20,000 children played cricket in both school and community-based development programs. At the high-performance level, Canada has qualified to compete in the past three Cricket World Cups.

As Minister of State (Sport), I offer my best wishes to the members of Cricket Team Canada in their decisive game against Ireland today. Canadians across the country are proud of how far their talent, determination and teamwork have taken them so far.

- Honourable Bal Gosal | Minister of State (Sport) 

Thu, 03/22/2012

Ireland have stormed through their first game in the knockout phase of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai with a facile ten-wicket win over Canada. With stiffer obstacles ahead - Netherlands are next - Ireland will not be complacent but were comfortably superior to the opposition in all departments.

When a wide outswinger from Trent Johnstontempted Hiral Patel to drive and edge to slip, it was the fifth time Ireland had taken a wicket in the first over in their eight games here. Ireland's pace pair has been a key element in their seven-match winning streak and so it was in this game. Johnston was given the Man of the Match accolade for his 2 for 9 from four overs.

"The more games we play, the better I'm getting," he said. "I didn't get a lot of wickets early on in the tournament but I like bowling here. It reminds me of Australian type pitches as there's a bit in it early on. As a bowler you know there's always something there if you're prepared to bend your back."

Canada opted to bat after winning the toss but only Ruvindu Gunasekera bedded down in the face of Johnston and Boyd Rankin's probing. Max Sorensen took a pasting in his first over, going for three boundaries, but redeemed himself on his return with a wicket maiden as the Canada captain Rizwan Cheema tried to clip him over mid-on. Sorensen, who was born in South Africa, took 3 for 7 off his last three overs, after a mixed start to the tournament.


Sat, 03/17/2012

CCO rising stars Subeg Singh and Maninderjit Singh, both from Brampton Ontario never knew the surprise that was waiting for them at the Nagpur facility of the World Cricket Academy (WCA) when they were treated to a practice and training opportunity along with Rahul Dravid, Sreesanth, Shaun Tait and other players from the IPL's Rajsthan Royals. The Royals are training at WCA Nagpur ahead of the 2012 IPL season.    

Canadian players are in Nagpur on a training tour organised by Cricket Council of Ontario with assistance from Cricket Canada. Cricket Canada's senior team have previously trained with WCA coaches and undertook a tour of India in 2010 with WCA assistance. WCA now operates a residential cricket academy in Nagpur, India. Monty Desai, Coach of Rajsthan Royals and an associate of WCA is currently with the Canadian team in Dubai at the T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.  

CCO President Leslie Soobrian was excited at the opportunity given to Subeg and Maninder. 
"The boys have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. These youngsters have demonstrated the courage and desire to enhance their skills while learning techniques to further their development.Their parents must be complimented for the support and encouragement given to the boys. We hope one day to see them on our national team. 
The Cricket Council of Ontario is proud of these youngsters and thank all our partners for their part in making this trip a success. Interacting with some of the best cricketers in the world...would give them the confidence to pursue their cricketing career.  
Cricket Council of Ontario wants to focus on this type of development at home  and at the sametime mainstain relationships with such outstanding and high profile academy as the WCA for junior and senior cricketers. These type of coaching exchange is vital for the future of Canadian Cricket  The time has come for all of us to work together in an concerted effort to develop policies and to establish the infrastructure  for coaching. The successes of any great cricket nation have always depended on the quality of their coaching programs and their outreach to beginners and youths. Canadian future successes will only come if we continue to expand and put these mechanisms in place to allow our young and aspiring cricketers to pursue excellence in their cricket career.
I must thank Ranjit Saini for his involement and leadership in making this tour a reality. He is a man of true conviction and a visionary for the future of Canadian Cricket. His ideas and ideals are in the best interest of this sport."
Wed, 03/14/2012

Canada rebounded after a shaky start against Netherlands to notch their first win of the qualifiers, holding on to beat Papua New Guinea by six runs at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Canada raced away to 38 from the first 3.3 overs, but were slowly pegged back by some economical bowling from Mahuru Dai and Hitolo Areni, who both finished with 1 for 27 from their four overs. Nitish Kumar anchored Canada's innings with 57 from 44 balls while Hiral Patel chipped in with 34. Canada reached 167-5 with other contributions coming from Jimmy Hansra (22), Ruvindu Gunasekera (17) and Rizwan Cheema (17).

PNG got off to a steady start in their chase, led by opener Asad Vala, who made 52. Gerraint Jones provided a useful 39 and PNG took advantage of the absence of Harvir Baidwan with the ball. Despite being one bowler short, Canada kept the asking rate climbing and even with PNG scoring 50 in the last 5 overs the match was just out of reach. Hansra, Patel and Junaid Siddiqui picked up 1 wicket each.

Canada take on Hong Kong tomorrow.


Tue, 03/13/2012

Canada looks to bounce back on day 2 of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Dubai. On Tuesday Canada were crushed by 42 runs by Netherlands and need a victory to vault back into competition.  

Canada's opposition will be Papua New Guinea who played a hard fought 6 wicket loss to Afghanistan on Tuesday. 

Jimmy Hansra (30, 0-11)  top scored for Canada in the loss while Harvir Baidwan (3-29, 21) was the pick of the bowlers. 

All eyes will be on former England wicket keeper Gerraint Jones who is now playing for his country of birth and will be looking to score runs after not troubling the scorers on Tuesday. 

Canada's bats will have to fire for the team to be successful and all eyes will be on the top order to see if they can break out of their funk.