Wed, 07/17/2013

As Cricket Canada prepares to host the 71st edition of the K.A. Auty Cup, its a perfect opportunity to catchup on some facts and figures for this historic cricket series.


  • It is the world's first and longest running international sporting fixture.
  • As of 2012, 70 matches have been played since 1844 with results as follows:
    • US winning 32
    • Canada winning 26.
    • 12 matches have been drawn.
  • The Auty Cup was dedicated by K.A. Auty, a Chicago supporter of Cricket, to commemorate the winner of a 2-day cricket match played between Canada and the United States of America.
  • The first match was played 3 decades after the US / CANADA war of 1812 from September 25th- 27th, 1844 and marked the first time two nations competed internationally in a sporting fixture. Over $100,000 USD (or $3,000,000 in today's terms) were waged on the match that took place at St. George’s Cricket Club in New York. 
  • Largely as a result of this match in 1867, the first Canadian Prime Minister John A Macdonald, declared cricket, Canada’s first official sport.
  • The original trophy was retired in 1963 to honour the memory of the late K.A. Auty and re-dedicated 20 years later in Calgary on November 19, 1983, by Jack Kyle (President, Canadian Cricket Association), and Naseeruddin Khan (President, United States of America Cricket Association).

  • The re-dedicated Auty Cup trophy resides at at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.
  • Cricket Canada and the United States Cricket Assocation alternate hosting of the series on an annual basis.
  • Prior to its revival in 2011, the 2 day match experienced a 16 year hiatus as it was haulted in 1995 due to financial struggles of both boards.





Thu, 07/11/2013

An all-round all-star performance from national team member Nikhil Dutta, 5-21 and 55*, has seen Canada U19 past the USA in the opening match of the revised format Americas U19 Regional Qualifier.

Canada will need to beat Bermuda on Sunday to ensure a place on points in the 2014 U19 Cricket World Cup.






Thu, 06/27/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce its squad for the upcoming Women's World T20 Qualifier in Dublin, Ireland from July 23rd - 31st, 2013.

Mikaela Turik (C)
Maria Bahizi
Jenna Bartholemew - Calgary Womens CC (AB)
Christine Blackadder
- West Vancouver CC (BC)
Kim Coulter (wk) - Wicket Maidens CC (BC)
Lorraine Kenton 
- Kaisoca CC (ON)
Kamna Michandani - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club (ON)
Monali Patel - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club (ON)
Saniyah Zia - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club (ON)
Durriya Shabbir - Tranzac Sports & Cultural Club (ON)
Suthershini Sivanantham - Pirats CC (ON)
Sheryl Tittlemier - Manitoba Cricket Academy (MB)
Vijayani Vithanage - Manitoba Cricket Academy (MB)
Jo White - Wicket Maidens CC (BC)


Mon, 05/13/2013

TORONTO — Cricket Canada got a vote of confidence Wednesday from the sport’s world governing body.

Alan Isaac, president of the International Cricket Council, told a news conference Wednesday that he and ICC CEO David Richardson were “hugely impressed by the progress” in the Canadian governing body, “It’s fair to say … that 12, 18, 24 months ago the ICC wasn’t that happy,” Isaac said.

The ICC president pointed to Cricket Canada’s changes in governance and the new management regime.

The comments were clearly appreciated. “Having your largest stake-holder actually believe in what you’re doing … means a lot,” said Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy. “For one of the first times in our organization, we felt that our concerns were listened to,” he added. Moorthy said the ICC had provided “fair and measurable goals to work towards.”

The ICC leaders were in Toronto for a meeting of its Development Committee. The group meets twice a year, usually once in the ICC’s home of Dubai and the other somewhere else.

The world governing body provides about $960,000 to the current $1.6-million Cricket Canada budget. Sport Canada provides another $200,000.

“We see ourselves to be viable,” said Moorthy. “We want to be a $3- million to $5-million-a-year business so we’ve got a long way to go. But we’re happy and today was the first step.”

Cricket Canada revamped its constitution at its annual general meeting in Halifax in March. The changes included reducing the size of the board of directors to seven from 17 while providing clearer definitions of the roles of the CEO and his staff versus the elected policy-makers. Cricket Canada has also put in place specified standards for its selectors, who will be appointed rather than elected.

“We were looking for some improvement,” Isaac said of the Cricket Canada changes. “It feels better, it feels good,” the New Zealander said of the current Canadian cricket landscape.

The moves also helped get Cricket Canada in line with the wishes of the federal government and Sport Canada. The development arm of the ICC has come up with extra money for Canada, primarily aimed at the grassroots side of the game.

The ICC sees North America as an emerging market.

“It’s critical to ICC and our success that Canada is there, not just competing but actually winning as well,” Isaac said. “Our aim is to have a World Cup, 14 teams, where each of the 14 teams can win that World Cup. That’s not the case at the moment,” he added.

Isaac estimated maybe eight countries could currently win the T20 competition with just six contenders for the 50-over version of the world championship. “It’s a big goal but Canada is a very important part of that goal,” said Isaac, who points to Ireland as a second-tier team that has made giant leaps in recent years.

“We will be there,” answered Moorthy. “We’re taking the right steps now … We won’t let you down.”

Canada had been boosted by the return of 31-year-old captain Ashish Bagai, who is rejoining the national team between graduating from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia with an MBA and taking up a new job as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in February 2014.

Bagai has played in 119 international matches for Canada including three World Cups but not has played at a top level since some club outings last summer. “It feels great,” he said of his return. “Obviously it’s my passion, so any time I can get a chance to play cricket again, I’ll take it with both hands.”

Even with a contract with Cricket Canada, Bagai is sacrificing financially but says “being a vital year for Canadian cricket, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

“I have my whole life to work,” he added. “This I can only do for a certain amount of time.”

His return is a boost for Canada ahead of the T20 qualifier in November in Dubai and the World Cup qualifier in New Zealand in January.

Canadian coach Gus Logie has worked with Bagai as far back as 2003 when he predicted the wicket-keeper would captain Canada one day. “He brings tremendous experience, professionalism,” said Logie. “He brings a talent that is rare.”‘

Bagai is just one of several veterans who have returned to the national team program.

Also Wednesday, Cricket Canada also announced Admiral as the team’s new uniform sponsor for the next three years. The last time the Canadian national team wore Admiral, which also clothes the West Indies, was in 2003.

The Canadian governing body has also struck a partnership with CricHQ, a digital platform for competitions and data management.

“Today’s a good day for Cricket Canada but we’re not done yet,” said Moorthy.

The upcoming Canadian cricket schedule includes the National Cricket League domestic competition in June-July, the Auty Cup match with the U.S. in late July, and ICC World Cricket League and ICUP matches with the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands in August.


OMNI SA NEWS Report - Monday May 13th, 2013

Tue, 04/30/2013

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the signing of All-Star wicket-keeper batsman Ashish Bagai to a national team central contract.

Bagai is Canada’s most capped and successful player, having played in 119 international fixtures including 3 World Cup appearances.  His career figures include scoring over 3,500 international runs and 158 dismissals as wicket-keeper.

The former captain has been absent from Canada’s line-up since completion of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, where he enjoyed a productive tournament featuring two half centuries, 84 vs NZ in Mumbai and 64* vs KENYA in Delhi, on his way to a 235 run campaign which also included 11 dismissals behind the stumps.

“Fortunately, the timing has worked out well as I will be graduating from the MBA program at Wharton in the middle of May and have a 9 month window before starting employment with McKinsey & Company in February 2014." said Bagai.

Cricket Canada is entering a crucial nine-month period where the Men’s team will compete in two major World Cup Qualifiers; November’s World T20Q in Dubai and the 2015 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand to start 2014.

“Canadian cricket means a lot to me and I am excited to play a role in helping Canada qualify for both of these events once again.“

Bagai continued, "I know the recent results have not been great, but there are some promising aspects that we can build on during the upcoming summer. It’s going to require a lot of commitment and character from the players and I am confident that the guys will rise to the challenge.”

Cricket Canada’s President Ravin Moorthy was confident that the addition of Bagai puts the team solidly on the right track.

“We’ve been down this road before,” Moorthy said in reference to challenging on field results, “in 2008 we were in a similar position ahead of the 2009 Qualifiers in South Africa. We were able to make some moves to bolster our experience, one of which included making the case to Ashish to leave his job (at the time with UBS in London) and be part of the qualification to the 2011 Cricket World Cup”.

Moorthy continued, “To again sign Ashish to a commitment that includes both World Cup qualifiers, clearly signals the organizations intention to make a serious run to qualify for upcoming major world tournaments.”

Cricket Canada’s summer schedule opens with its premier domestic tournament, the National Cricket League from June 23rd– July 1stbefore shifting toward international fixtures with the Auty Cup vs USA in late July, and ICC World Cricket League and ICUP matches with UAE and HOLLAND in August.

Ashish is expected to join the squad on May 15th after completing graduation ceremonies at Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

CLICK for ASHISH BAGAI interview on the Cricket Canada Report

Fri, 03/15/2013

After a pair of disappointing ODI losses at the hands of Kenya, Canada has hit back with a confident victory in the first of two T20i's from the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Kenyan's were immediately pegged back by opening spells from Henry Osinde (4-26-3 9.00RPO) and Junaid Siddiqui (4-10-3 2.50RPO).  Osinde and Siddiqui took wickets at regular intevals leaving Kenya reeling at 45 for 6 in 7.2 overs before Rakep Patel led the recovery with Nelson Odhiambo, seeing Kenya to a respectable total of 127.

In reply, Canada lost skipper Rizwan Cheema cheaply in the 2nd over, however his opening partner Hiral Patel (40 from 40 balls) provided a handy knock which built partnerships with both Ruvindu Gunasekera (18 from 17 balls) and Nitish Kumar (18 from 12 balls)  before falling in the 15th over with the run chase poised at 97-4.  A flury of wickets in the middle order was halted by Jimmy Hansra and Usman Limbada who saw Cricket Canada over the line with 9 balls to spare.

Canadian spinner Junaid Siddiqui was named player of the match for his efforts in delivering the 2nd best performance by a Canadian bowler in T20i competition.

Canada will complete its T20 series with Kenya on Saturday before shifting to the ICUP fixture which starts on Monday.



Thu, 03/14/2013
Mon, 03/11/2013

Kenya beat Canada by six wickets in the first One-Day International of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship at the Global Cricket Academy Oval 1 in Dubai on Monday.

Batting first, Canada posted 227 for eight in its 50 overs. Kenya chased down the target in 47.4 overs to end at 228 for four.

Earlier, Ruvindu Gunasekera (72: 112b, 3x4, 3x6) and Raza-ul-Rehman (70: 83b, 11x4) were the top-scorers in Canada's total.

Elijah Otieno (4-33) was the top wicket-taker for Kenya.

In its reply, Kenya rode on top-scorer Irfan Karim (65: 108b, 5x4) to overhaul the target.

Wicket-keeper Morris Ouma (47) and skipper Collins Obuya (34) were the other key contributors.


Thu, 03/07/2013

Canada coach Gus Logie reflects on the victory over UAE in the 50 over friendly match in Abu Dhabi:

From all accounts, the warm up win vs UAE would have done the player's confidence a world of good. Having worked very hard over the last few days since arriving in the UAE and without the services of wicket keeper Hamza Tariq and top order batter Ruvindu Gunasekera (both in transit due to educational commitments), we posted a low total of 137 from 33.5 overs.  Nitish Kumar top scored with 32 runs.

The most pleasing aspect of the team's approach was the belief that the low total could be defended and with Junaid Siddiqui leading the way with four wickets and well supported by Henry Osinde, Nikhil Dhutta, Manny Aulakh, and some agile team fielding, the end result was positive. 

The staff and players are aware that much tougher opposition is ahead of us and a more responsible approach to batting will be required as we continue our progress toward November's World T20 Qualifiers.

We are looking forward to the rest of the players arriving today and trust they will play a positive role in the two day match that takes place on Friday.  Ireland are a top flight associate unit and competition against them will give us another opportunity to find our best form prior to taking on the Kenyans early next week.

Gus Logie




Wed, 03/06/2013

Canada has defeated UAE in a 50 over warm up match at Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Partial Scorecard:
Canada batted 1st 137 all out in 33.5 Overs
Nitish Kumar 32
Hiral Patel 17
Rizwan 14
Jimmy Hansra 0
Raza Rehman 15
Usman Limbada 4
Junaid Siddiqui 16
Rayan Pathan 3
Manny Aulakh 5
Henry Osinde 0
UAE - 130 All Out in 39.2 Overs
Henry Osinde 7-19-1
Manny Aulakh 4-24-1
Junaid Siddiqui 10-23-4
Rayan Pathan 3-16-0
Nikhil Dutta 8-18-1
Jimmy Hansra 3-11-1
Rizwan Cheema 2.2-6-0
Raza Rehman 2-4-1