The Canadian Under-19 cricket team will take part in four 50-over warm-up matches next week in Trinidad and Tobago in preparation for their participation in the ICC Americas 2011 Tournament, Under-19 Division 1 Championship to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from February 6-13.
The team will spend one week in T&T to prepare for this tournament. Their first practice match is on Monday against a T&T Under-17 team at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva from 10 a.m.
The teams will be met by the Canadian High Commissioner and Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath ahead of Monday’s match.
The Canadians are also scheduled to face Premier League clubs First Citizens Clarke Road United and PowerGen as well as Championship Division clubs Munroe Road.
Continue reading Canadian U-19s warm-up in T&T (Trinidad Express)
The president of Cricket Canada, Ranjit Saini, has asked the ICC to step in and resolve the delay in granting India visas to three players of Pakistani origin in their World Cup squad.
The team left for Dubai for a 10-day training camp ahead of the tournament, but vice-captain Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq have still not received permission to travel to India.
“We seek your kind help and attention to this matter in assisting our players to obtain their visa in Dubai, Dhaka or Colombo,” Saini wrote in a letter to ICC president Sharad Pawar.
“We also do hope that the ICC has contingency plans to ensure that the matches are played elsewhere if the visa will not be processed on time or rejected all together.” Canada made a pre-World Cup preparatory visit to India in November and the visas were applied for before that.
Continue reading Canada asks ICC to help resolve visa problems (Yahoo eurosport)
Cricket Canada’s Men’s team left for the 2011 Cricket World Cup Wednesday. The team travels to Dubai for a 10 day training camp and then onto the Cricket World Cup starting in Bangladesh. In Dubai Canada will play warm-up matches against Ireland and Afghanistan before taking on Bangladesh and England in Bangladesh. The tournament gets underway in earnest for the Canadian Team on February 20th against Sri Lanka.
While the team leaves under a sense of optimism of a best ever performance at the world cup, 3 players have not yet been granted visas to enter India. Vice Captain, Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq have not received visas for travel to India.
Continue reading Canada departs on World Cup journey (Cricket Canada)
Harvir Singh Baidwan knew his dream would remain just that: a dream. Like all other kids, he wanted to play international cricket for India but the closest he ever got to his goal was playing in a Chandigarh-based academy when he was 17.
As he boards the flight to Dhaka later next month, Harvir will be wearing Maple Leaf, the Canadian colours, aware that his dream has come true and that he will be standing on the same platform as his childhood hero, Sachin Tendulkar. Medium pacer Harvir, originally from Raipur Kalan village near Chandigarh, migrated to Canada in 2004 and is one of the two Punjabis in the Canadian World Cup cricket team.
Off-spinner Amarbir Singh Hansra, hailing from Ludhiana and popularly known as Jimmy, is the other.
Both are over the moon: “It would be amazing if Canada get through the first round matches in the World Cup and meet India in the second round,” Harvir told The Indian Express from Dubai, where the team is now training, “It would be a dream to bowl at Sachin Tendulkar.”
Continue reading Meet the Maple Singhs: 2 Punjab lads part of Canada XI (Indian Express)
By: Jenny Jelen – Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Cricket is normally played on grass, but the Northern Ontario Cricket Council (NOCC) found a way to play their sport all year long. On Jan. 22, members of the organization braved the cold and cleared a small “pitch” on Minnow Lake and modified the cricket balls to make it safe to play on the ice.
“Ice cricket has never been played in northern Ontario before,” Aamir Iqbal, media spokesperson for the NOCC, said. “We normally play cricket on the grass field in the summer, and in the winter we play in the gym.”
Continue reading Ice cricket debuts in northern Ontario (Northern Life)
By K.R. Nayar
The World Cup-bound teams of Canada and Kenya will play two One-day international matches against Afghanistan in the UAE.
The Sharjah Cricket Council has taken the initiative to organise these One-day matches for Afghanistan team that failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup by a slender margin.
These two One-day matches will reveal how strong Canada and Kenya are when compared to Afghanistan which has become stronger since the World Cup qualifiers.
Continue reading Kenya, Canada face Afghan test (Gulf News)
By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
For Jimmy Hansra, Thursday’s announcement that he’d been selected to Canada’s team for the Cricket World Cup officially brought his athletic career full circle. Hansra, a 25-year-old Abbotsford resident, grew up in the Punjab province of India, playing “street cricket” – a descriptor which evokes parallel images of Canadian kids playing street hockey in cul-de-sacs across the nation. Nothing too formal, makeshift equipment, just kids playing for the love of the game.
In February, Hansra will return to India – one of three World Cup host nations along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – wearing the maple leaf on his chest.
“It’s really a dream come true, especially being of Indian descent,” he enthused. “To see the players I grew up watching on television (at the World Cup), I can’t even describe it.
“It’s really an honour to represent your country and play the best of the best.”
Continue reading Abbotsford’s Jimmy Hansra heads home for Cricket World Cup (Abbotsford News)
Canada lost to Leewards in what will be their final game in the Caribbean 20-20. Leewards made 161/2, thanks to half centuries from Hughes and Willet. Baidwan has been the best of the Canadian bowlers on the trip and again was economical bowling his 4 overs for 20 runs and one wicket. Patel hit 55 [...]
By Neil Davidson (CP)
Canada will be relying on two teenage opening batsmen and just three tournament veterans at next month’s Cricket World Cup.
Wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai will captain the 15-man squad, which includes fellow 2007 World Cup returnees Henry Osinde and Australia-based John Davison.
The Canadian team is characterized by youth with Nitish Kumar, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai and Hiral Patel all members of the under-19 squad.
“They are highly talented but they haven’t gone into a big event like this,” head coach Pubudu Dassanayake told The Canadian Press on Thursday from Barbados where the team is talking part in the Caribbean Twenty20 competition.
“But I have all the confidence that we will go and do well there.”
Continue reading Canada looks to youth in selecting squad for 2011 Cricket World Cup (Canadian Press)
Ashish Bagai will lead Canada on to the field as the 4th Canadian to captain his country at the Cricket World Cup. Bagai was confirmed by the selectors as the final squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup was named Wednesday in Toronto. Joining Bagai as returnees from the 2007 Caribbean World Cup team are paceman Henry Osinde and all rounder John Davison. Both Bagai and Davison played in the 2003 edition of the World Cup as well. The rest of the players will take the field for Canada in their first world cups and for the first time ever 7 players that came through Canada?s youth programs will be part of Canada’s World Cup squad. Bagai and Zubin Surkari (America’s u19), will be joined by Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Ruvindu Gunaskera, Parth Desai, and Hamza Tariq (all Canada u19) as almost half of the players named were developed in the Canadian youth system.
Also making debuts for Canada in a World Cup squad are Tyson Gordon, Karl Whatham, Balaji Rao, Harvir Baidwan, Khurram Chohan, Rizwan Cheema and Jimmy Hansra.
Continue reading Canada names World Cup Team (Cricket Canada)
Canada lost to Barbados in a rain affected match in the Caribbean 20-20. They endured an onslaught from Dwayne Smith but restricted Barbados to a modest 139 from 20 overs. After Canada had collapsed to 15/5 the rain intervened after 6 overs, leaving Canada 33 runs short of the D/L target of 63.
Continue reading Canada play Barbados
By Chris Redford
Ask Canadians who Frederick Heather is and the universal response is, “I never heard of him.” How about George Barber or John Davison? “No, don’t know them either.” These names are well known in Canadian cricket communities. Frederick Heather was a legendary cricket umpire, George Barber is regarded as the “Father of Canadian Cricket” and John Davison has represented Canada in three consecutive Cricket World Cups and holds the record for scoring the fastest century. Remarkably, there is not a single name from cricket in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, which might account for some of this anonymity.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame has named inductees since 1955 when the doors were first opened. To date, a total of 514 honoured athletes and builders have been admitted from 58 sports. It is the Hall’s vision to inspire Canadian identity and national pride by telling the compelling stories of those outstanding achievements that make up Canada’s sports history. What is being done to inspire Canadian cricketers?
Continue reading Will Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame open the door for cricket? (The Bulletin)
Kesavan Juvarajan has been asked to carry the mantle as Canada’s next u19 captain. Juvarajan, takes over from Rutsam Bhatti who guided Canada to its first ever win at the u19 Cricket World Cup in 2010. Canada will look to defend their u19 America’s championship that they won in 2009 in Toronto in convincing fashion. The [...]
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By Bipin Dani
Mumbai – Jan. 15 : The Indian visas for four Pakistan-born Canadian players have been delayed, according to Ranjit Saini, the Cricket Canada, President. Speaking exclusively over telephone from Toronto, he said, “this is to confirm that Cricket Canada had been waiting to have Visa processed for their Pakistani born players for several months now. Cricket Canada took a pre-world cup preparatory visits to India in November. The Visas were applied for before that. We could take these players to India and as a result our training plans have suffered. The continued lack of Visa is a source of distraction and is hurting team moral in general. CWC is making efforts but so far there is no out come”.
Continue reading India delays visas for 4 Pakistan-born Canadian players (Daily Mail, Pakistan)