Cricket Alberta will host the inaugural Western Division of Cricket Canada’s NATIONAL LEAGUE T20 this weekend (August 27th & 28th) at picturesque Victoria Park.
This new look Inter-Provincial western series of six (6) matches played between Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan will take place on the VP’s newly minted turf.
The natural turf at Edmonton’s Victoria Park is the first outside of Ontario and one of three facility development projects by Cricket Canada. Projects in Winnipeg and Abbotsford are expected to begin construction in the near future.
The NATIONAL LEAGUE structure has four components: The Atlantic Division was a regional qualifier conducted in Halifax from June 10th – 12th between Nova Scotia, Newbrunswick, Newfoundland, PEI, & Quebec with Quebec being the eventual winners.
Quebec then hosted Ontario in the Eastern Division final which was won convincingly by Ontario. The NATIONAL LEAGUE FINAL will be held on October 1st in Toronto between Ontario and winner of the Western Division.
Cricket Canada’s 1st VP, Ravin Moorthy, was buoyant on the potential long term success of the series.
“We are pleased to have conducted this tournament in 2011 despite a very tight domestic budget. This was only possible with the commitment of all of our member organizations. The long term vision, as discussed at Cricket Canada’s AGM earlier this year, is to include all three formats of the game into the NATIONAL LEAGUE and set the basis for Canada’s domestic structure.”
Match coverage will be provide on gocricketgocanada.com via Cover it Live, and match updates and scorecards on Cricinfo.
The Western Division will feature the top players in Western Canada with 11 national players (Senior, Junior, & Canada A) taking part.
NATIONA LEAGUE T20 - WESTERN DIVISION - SCHEDULE
Saturday August 27th
Manitoba vs Saskatchewan | 10am
Saskatchewan vs Alberta | 1pm
British Columbia vs Manitoba | 4pm
Sunday August 28th
Saskatchewan vs British Columbia | 8:30am
Alberta vs Manitoba | 11:30am
Alberta vs British Columbia | 2:30pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE T20 - WESTERN DIVISION - SQUADS
Khurram Chohan (Captain), Tyson Gordon (V.Captain), Hamza Tariq, Grant Broadhurst, Parveen Saroye, Shehzad Bashir, Sudeepta Aurka, Umar Kahloon, Abdul Sattar, Yawar Abbas, Wahid Noori, Khurram Abbas, Zain Ahmed, Zahid Chaudhry, Farhan Pervez. Manager – Adnan Kirmani, Coach – Rathan Moorthy.
Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra (Captain), Manrick Singh, Balqiaz Khan, Jawad Dawood, Gagan Dhillon, Jason Sandher, Awais Ahmed, Rashid Masood, Gaurav Kumar, Riaz Afridi, Maninderjit (Manny) Aulakh, Sunny Gainder,Umer Nawaz. Manager – Akhtar Nawaz.
Sampath Wijewardana, Heera Khasla, Joeseph Lovelace, Ahadullah Khojazada, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Akhlas Umar, Jagjit Gurm, Inderjit Sodha, Jatinder Matharu, Suresh Jayaraman, Trevor Manoosingh, Sidney Roberts, Harpreet Manes. Manager – Ron Dipchand.
Iftekhar Kalyar (Captain), Mustaf Rashid, Harry Sandhu, Parag Singh, Shahid Latif, Asif Mulla, Saadi Ahmad, Simran Dosanjh, Sarabjit Kundhi, Narinder Bhandal, Armin Madahar, Harmohan Bajwa, Gurjit Singh Teja, Manager - Mike Sharma.