On behalf of myself and my family, Wishing you and your families A Very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2011. May all your dreams come true and give you the joy and tranquility that your souls long for.
I will take a minute to reflect on 2010 from OCA perspective. It has been a year of accomplishments in some fields and disappointments in some others.
On the positive side, we have had tremendous growth as we have welcomed more members into the OCA family than ever before, including Maple Leaf Cricket Club and very recently North Toronto Cricket Association.
A practical, comprehensive and revised constitution has been adopted and a number of infrastructure projects have been completed throughout the province. That has resulted in improved playing conditions, thereby raising the level of play. The season ending OCA tournaments were a resounding success, with some nail biting and thrilling semis and finals. Women’s, juniors, umpiring, scoring and coaching levels have improved. All this sets up a great base for the success of 2011 to be built upon.
Continue reading New Years Message from Ontario Cricket Association President
Canada’s World Cup preparations have been dealt a significant blow with opener John Davison, one of their key players, withdrawing from the World Cup squad over the exclusion of fellow batsmen Geoff Barnett and Ian Billcliff. He has told Cricket Canada he would be withdrawing until the pair are given the reasons for their exclusion from Canada’s 30-man preliminary line-up for the tournament. In an e-mail to Cricket Canada, where he called into question the competence of Canada’s chairman of selectors Chris James, Davison wrote, “I am embarrassed to be selected in the squad of 30 when players who have been long-time servants have been omitted, and given no valid reason for their non-selection. It is with great regret that I have to withdraw my availability until these players have been given answers to some very simple questions.”
Billcliff and Barnett played a significant role in Canada’s qualification for the World Cup. However, commitments outside of cricket, as well as distance – Davison lives in Australia, while Barnett and Billcliff live in New Zealand – have limited the trio’s availability, something that has contributed to Canada’s inconsistent performances over the years.
Continue reading Davison’s ‘withdrawal’ undermines Canada’s WC plans (CricInfo)
Dave Liverman for Canada Cricket Online
Cricket Canada announced a preliminary World Cup squad of thirty players shortly before Christmas, to be pared down to 15 in January. The core of this squad was pretty much set already, and it seems that the selectors have used the ability to name thirty players to provide some encouragement to players and provinces across the country, while realistically not expecting some of those named to be close to playing for Canada in February.
It would be thought that the thirty names would include all of those selected for Canada’s tour and training session in India (lthough not all those selected actually took part, due to a combination of work schedules and visa issues). The final list of thirty however has two notable omissions – the New Zealand pair of Ian Billcliff and Geoff Barnett, both former first-class cricketers and veterans of numerous Canadian sides.
Continue reading The squad of thirty- a commentary
Cricket Canada and Abu Dhabi Based Etihad Airways; have announced a partnership agreement. Through the agreement Etihad will become an official event partner and national program sponsor with Cricket Canada. Shortly after signing the agreement in Toronto, Cricket Canada president Ranjit Saini spoke about the historic agreement. “Cricket Canada welcomes Etihad Airways as an important partner in our development as a premiere cricket nation. This partnership will remove cost barriers for our youth to access high quality academies worldwide. Additionally our teams will be within reach of premiere cricket destinations where we can play against high quality opposition and receive high performance coaching”
Continue reading Cricket Canada Flies High on Etihad Deal (Cricket Canada)
Ashish Bagai and John Davison head up Canada’s expanded 30-man roster for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. The 30 will be cut in half to the final 15-man World Cup lineup after participation at a Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in January. The Canadians will also play several 50-over matches there against Antigua and English county side Somerset.
“I think from where we are right now, we have a good idea of what that 15 is going to look like,” said Ravin Moorthy, Canada’s high-performance manager.
“But when we get to this level, every decision is a tough decision. Everybody has put in a lot of work to be part of this squad but unfortunately we can only take 15.”
Continue reading Canada’s cricketers aiming for 2nd round at World Cup (CBC/ Canadian Press)
From Cricket Canada
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the 30 player squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. With less than 60 days to go before the big event, preparations are in full swing for the core members of the squad. Cricket Canada will name the final 15 for the World Cup following the upcoming Caribbean T20 tournament in January.
Continue reading Canadian World Cup squad of 30
Patrick Adams, author of the recently published History of Canadian Cricket has established a wiki site for discussion of the history of cricket in Canada – he’s looking for comment, corrections and [...]
As released by ICC Americas (thanks to Dreamcricket.com)
Feb. 7-12 – U-19 Division 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
July 3-10 – U-17 in Toronto, Canada
July 17-24 – Division 1 Twenty20 in Toronto, Canada
Aug. 20-26 – U-15 Northern Division in Winnipeg, Canada
The ICC Americas Division One tournament was previously played every two years as a 50-over event. The 2011 [...]
A History of Canadian Cricket: An Immigrant’s Game? By Patrick Adams has just been published and is available from www.lulu.com
You probably know that Canada has scored some notable firsts in the history of cricket. The fact that the first ever cricket international was played between Canada and the United States in 1844 is likely to [...]
Dave Gerry from Telus TV Interviews BCMCL – Meraloma’s Team Captain and Club President, during one of the Elite division game in BCMCL [...]
Canada captain Ashish Bagai is pleased with his team’s just concluded preparatory tour to India as part of the build-up to ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Bagai believes the tour has given him and the team’s selectors an idea of the players who have booked their place on the final squad for the showpiece event.
“It’s been useful for two reasons. It helped us get used to conditions, weather and environment. The second most important help has been the fact that we have been able to try different players for those four-five vacant spots in the squad. We have managed to achieve both the objectives thanks to good wickets and excellent facilities. Almost everyone we have here has played a game. The only thing is that six-seven of our main players were not on tour due to mixed reasons, but we have still done well,” said Bagai.
Continue reading Bagai happy with World Cup preparations (ICC)
The ICC has announced that the ICC Intercontinental Cup will return to being a single-division, biennial eight-team, first-class tournament, and at the same time has scrapped the less-than-popular Intercontinental Shield. The sixth staging of the tournament is scheduled to run from May 2011 until December 2012 with the top six Associate and Affiliate teams with ODI status from 2009-2012 automatically included, namely Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland.
The remaining two places will be determined by the ICC Development Committee from the top four teams of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 event which is scheduled for April 2011 in Dubai.
Continue reading ICC revamps Intercontinental Cup and scraps Shield (CricInfo)
The North Toronto Cricket Association (NTCA) has been launched. The main mission of the association is to foster the development and growth of cricket in North Toronto region and in the province of Ontario in general. NTCA is an affiliate member of the Ontario Cricket Association. NTCA has a signed and notorized lease agreement with Maple [...]
Few cricketers in India have disappeared into oblivion as rapidly and as discreetly as Wandavasi Dorakanti Balaji Rao and that too after as promising a beginning as his. After making his Ranji debut for Tamil Nadu as a 17-year-old, the young leggie went on to play for India A against visiting Australia in 2001. Though, his figures of 3/144 against the visitors were forgettable, the fact that the game proved to be his last major outing in India, Rao is best remembered on the domestic circuit for his lone India A appearance. He got dropped from the Tamil Nadu Ranji side the next season and that resulted in him turning his back to cricket. To the utter surprise of his old mates in India, Rao reemerged two years back in a new avatar as he represented Canada in ODIs against West Indies. Now as part of the Canada World Cup squad, that is in Mumbai these days to prepare for the mega event next year, Rao makes his first cricket-related trip to his birth place.
Continue reading Gifted Tamil Nadu leg-spinner re-emerges in Canada colours (Bharat Sundaresan in Indian Express)