Canada will open the 2014 u19 Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe February 13th in Abu Dhabi. Canada defeated Zimbabwe to open their campaign in 2010. Canada will also play group matches against South Africa and West Indies.
The CRICKET CANADA Board of Directors and Staff wish everyone the very best of the Holiday Season!
The Cricket Canada Office will be closed from noon on December 24th, re-opening on Monday, January 6th, 2014.
Cricket Canada's chairman of selectors Chris James has announced his retirement effectively immediately. James who has served in multiple capacities in Canadian cricket over the past 20 years had initially retired earlier this year but was asked by the organization to stay on to help direct a critical push through the World Cup Qualifiers.
Hailing from Calgary, James served in various capacities in the local Calgary and District Cricket League taking a league in danger of losing its only grounds and leading it back to health. The league tripled in size over James leadership while reaching out to the community and mending a difficult relationship with the city. James moved on to become president of Cricket Alberta where he spearheaded the work to get government funding that would soon lead to the establishment of an office with permanent staff.
James served as a national selector in two stints, from 2005-2009 and again from 2010- current. Under his guidance, Canada qualified for the 2011 Cricket World Cup as well as winning only its second ever game at a Cricket World Cup.
Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy thanked James for his contributions
"We were probably the most unlikely pair to work together but we instantly clicked and did a lot of great work in the past 10 years. Chris provided leadership and stability and allowed us to grow Cricket in Calgary and Alberta in ways never imaginable. He took cricket out of the backroom and into the boardroom, using principals that we are putting in place in Cricket Canada. He presence around the directors table has been sorely missed as will his presence on the national stage."
Cricket Canada will name a new chairman of selectors in the near future.
Cricket Canada has named former England u19 and Canada coach Andy Pick as its coach for the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.
Pick, who coached Canada in 2007 at the 2007 Cricket World Cup looks to turn around a program that fell down at the 2013 World Twenty20 qualifier finishing a dissapointing 12th.
Pick was excited to take on the challenge and is looking for the best out of his charges in New Zealand.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet but I am looking forward to working with the Canadian team again. I seemed to have been in the right place at the right time and having worked with most of the players at various times in the past i am looking forward linking up with them again. They've had a tough time in UAE and must regroup and work hard to produce better results in New Zealand and I hope to be able to facilitate that process"
Canada's team will be named this week as camp opens in Toronto.
Cricket Canada has parted ways with its Senior Men's team coach Gus Logie.
Logie had coached the team since mid 2012 succeeding Michael Dighton.
During his tenure the senior men's team failed to gain traction and finished the year a dissapointing 13th place at the World Twenty20 qualifier in UAE, 7 spots out of a qualification spot.
CEO Doug Hannum made the announcement to the staff and team on Monday before making a statement.
"this is obviously a challenging time for the organization but this decision is made with a view to prepare and send the best team to the World Cup Qualifier in January. Unfortunately you cannot change 15 players at once and something had to give...it's up to the playing group to pick themselves up give a good account of themselves in New Zealand."
Canada is chasing one of two spots available at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Also at stake in New Zealand are ODI status and a place in the ICC High Performance Program.
Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy thanked Logie for contributions.
"We would like to thank Gus for all that he did while he was with us. His efforts in 2003 in South Africa are part of Canada's sporting history and his hardwork and dedication to his craft are unparalleled. It's unfortunate that his tenure had to end after the dissapointing tour of UAE but unfortunately this is a results driven business and the results just weren't there."
Logie's replacement is expected to be named shortly.
It was over before it started but Canada were still able to able to register a 5 wicket win over the Italian's on Sunday. Batting first, Canada let by Jeremy Gordon (3-15) bundled out the Italians for 104.
Canada struggled a bit on the chase falling to 14-3 but Rizwan Cheema (34) and Jimmy Hansra (32) saw to most of the hard work as Canada pushed through with 3 balls to spare.
Canada and Kenya clash on Tuesday in the final game of the tournament for both teams.
An underwhelming batting performance saw Canada out of the tournament with a loss to Namibia coupled with Italy defeated UAE on Saturday. Canada finish the first round with a match against Italy on Sunday.
Two teams who have had a disapointing run of form clash on Saturday with both teams precariously placed on the brink of elimination. Namibia can secure a spot in the second round and a grip on 4th place with a win while this is Canada's last gasp as a loss will put them out of the tournament.
UAE made it 3 T20's wins against Canada on the trot with an easy win on Friday. The loss has Canada on the ropes needing 2 wins from their last 2 and help from the top teams in the group to secure the fifth and final place in the group and new life in the next round. With weather also rearing its head as the tournament winds down, Canada need a lot of help to go through.
Canada looks to keep the momentum going on Friday as they take on hosts UAE in the 5th match of the World Twenty20 Qualification tournament in UAE.
After an 0-3 start, Canada rebounded with a convincing win against Uganda. With rain intervening on Thursday, teams were unable to separate themselves from the pack leaving Canada a golden opportunity to move into a qualification spot.
Canada has won its first match of the World Twenty 20 qualifier with a 44 run win over Uganda on Tuesday. Batting first, Canada were again in trouble with top order woes as Hamza Tariq and Ruvindu Gunasekera departed cheaply leaving Canada in a huge hole. Some cautious and responsible batting from Ashish Bagai (40) and 40 ball half century from red hot Jimmy Hansra (58*) saw Canada to a respectable total of 137-7 from 20 overs.
In reply, Uganda quickly found themselves 6 down for under 50 owing some smart bowling from Jeremy Gordon (2-9) and some sharp fielding effecting 3 run-outs. Despite a late charge, Uganda were all out for 93 in 17.2 overs.
Canada moves up the table with their first win and now take on hosts UAE on Friday.
Less than 24 hours after a shocking loss to Hong Kong, 0-3 Canada will look to get off the snide against Uganda on Tuesday. Canada are bottom of group A with losses to USA, Ireland and Hong Kong while Uganda stunned Italy with a one wicket win on Tuesday to capture their first win.
Canada's top order continues to struggle as Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema haven't yet hit stride but decent peformances from Bagai, Gunasekera and Hansra have kept opposition bowlers at bay. The bowlers have not yet taken 10 wickets in a match and will be looking to get on top of the Ugandan team early in the innings.
Canada's Henry Osinde and Kenneth Kamyuka are both born in Uganda.