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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
In game 1 Canada took to the field first, Barbados making 163. In reply Canada were 79/9 off 20 overs.
Canada were beaten soundly by Barbados in both matches on Thursday at Cavaliers Sports Club in Barbados. Barbados won the toss in match one and cruised to 165-5. Junaid Siddiqui was the pick of Canada's bowlers picking up 2-18. Manny Aulakh also picked up a pair and Khurram Chohan picked up a wicket before being forced to leave with a lower body injury.
In reply, Canada were unable to get any momentum with Raza Rehman (21) top scoring. Henry Osinde (17*) added a late cameo as Canada were shut down at 79-9 from 20.
Patel 9,Sattar 0,Surkari 10,Raza 21,Hansra 3,Limbada 6,Tariq 0,Siddiqui 3,Roberts 2,Manny 5*,Osinde 17*, Extras 3
More of the same in match 2 as Canada batted first in this game and posted 95 all out off the last ball of the innings. Jimmy Hansra top scored with 40 but only one other batsmen made it to double figures. Barbados were 3/96 in the 15th over, winning comfortably with Junaid Siddiqui (2-9) leading the bowling effort.
Kumar 3,Sorraine 12,Wadia 3,Cheema 8,Hansra 40,Tariq 1,Limbada 5,Baidwan 5,Siddiqui 6,Roberts 1,Aulakh 3*, Extras 8
The final three positions in the 2012 ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualification Tournament have been decided as the Asian Cricket Council declared its semi-finalists in the ACC T20 tournament in Nepal. Joining Afghanistan (already qualified by virtue of having ODI status) are Oman, Hong Kong and Nepal.
The sixteen team event will be held in March in Dubai and will include Canada, USA, Bermuda, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Papa New Guinea, as well as the four Asian qualifiers.
Final tournament groupings will be announced shortly by ICC.