Firdose Moonda and Sharda Ugra
The ICC’s decision to slash minnows’ representation at the next two World Twenty20 tournaments has sparked outrage among Associate and Affiliate nations, who – after a heated and emotional meeting on Wednesday – have decided to lodge a formal protest at Thursday’s full council. The logic of the ICC’s decision is further undermined by the fact that the qualification process for the World Twenty20 is already underway – but will now be for just two spots instead of six.
The mood among cricket’s less powerful members was in stark contrast to their initial response to the ICC’s decision on Tuesday to restore Associate representation in the 50-over World Cup on the one hand while cutting the number of participating teams in the newest format from 16 to 12.
The anger was palpable through the day at the venue of the ICC conference in Hong Kong and in the offices of Associate and Affiliate members. “We will challenge that decision, we won’t sit back,” Cassim Sulieman, Africa Cricket Association chief executive told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s about giving opportunity to everybody and globalising the game. We still have time to work on this and we will.”
Continue reading Minnows to protest World T20 ruling (Cricinfo)
That’s the only thing that came to mind for Ammar Sikandar, director of the Barrie Cricket League, as he watched a match on the league’s new pitch Sunday afternoon.
“We have been waiting and waiting for a place to play,” he said. “This is great.”
The league celebrated its new home at Maitland Park, off of Johnson Street, last weekend with a match.
“It’s a community thing,” Sikandar said. “It’s always good to have an extra sport on the books. It’s gives people more options.”
Continue reading Barrie cricket finds a new home
International cricket celebrities joined a cast of politicians, students and corporate sponsors Monday to mark the opening of a new cricket park in north Etobicoke.
International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Hall of Fame member Wasim Akram and Indian Premier League player Sunil Joshi met with enthusiastic kids at Thackeray Park Cricket Ground at Kipling and Steeles avenues. The park, a former landfill, features an infield cricket pitch built to match ICC standards, practice net, and seating for more than 300 spectators.
Continue reading Community celebrates new cricket pitch (Inside Toronto)
Sharda Ugra in Hong Kong
The ICC has reversed its decision on excluding Associates from the 2015 World Cup, which will now comprise 14 teams including four Associates as it was in the 2011 edition. The decision to reinstate the Associates, which was taken on the third day of the ICC’s annual conference in Hong Kong, is a reversal of the ICC’s heavily criticised move to restrict the 2015 tournament to the Full Members.
The ICC has, however, reduced the number of teams in the World Twenty20s in 2012 and 2014 from 16 to 12 (ten Full Members and two Associates).
It also spelled out the qualification process it had announced for the 2019 World Cup; there will be ten teams in the tournament, with the top-eight ranked sides gaining automatic entry and the remaining two spots decided by a new qualification competition. Seen through to the logical process there would, for the first time in World Cup history, be the likelihood of a full member nation being eliminated from the competition before its start.
Continue reading Associates included in 2015 World Cup
CricketEurope Editorial Board
The news that the ICC Executive Board has decided after all to retain the format of the 2011 World Cup for the next tournament in 2015 is indeed welcome, and the decision is undoubtedly a victory for cricket over the mercenary considerations which had threatened to torpedo all the hard work of the past six years.
The fact is that the chief executives’ proposal to cut the 2015 World Cup from fourteen participants to ten was wrong-headed from the outset, and it was compounded by the Board’s almost incomprehensible – and clearly outrageous – decision to make those ten the Full members, regardless of their current position in the ODI rankings.
It is appropriate to celebrate the prospect of more upsets like Ireland’s defeat of England earlier this year, and more performances like Kevin O’Brien’s innings in that game – not to mention the possibility that Afghanistan may be among the qualifiers for 2015.
Yet even as it reversed the decision regarding the 2015 event, the Board adopted a series of new resolutions which go a long way towards neutralising its beneficial effects.
Continue reading A victory for Cricket – or is it?
Nearly two centuries worth of emptiness was reversed in a weekend for Newfoundland and Labrador. World Cup in another four years?
As I may have mentioned before, cricket has a long history in Newfoundland. The Encyclopaedia of Newfoundland states that St John’s Cricket Club was in existence in 1824. What it does not have, however, is a long history of success. The provincial cricket records are far from complete, but they indicate that, in all that time, a Newfoundland team has never beaten another Canadian province.
As a Leicestershire supporter, I’m used to long periods of regional mediocrity, but 187 years without a win is pretty exceptional. So could Cricket NL reverse history in the 2011 Atlantic Twenty20 Cup, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and claim an inaugural victory?
Continue reading The 187-year wait (CricInfo)
City councillors Adam Vaughan and Doug Ford put their political differences aside to host a city hall event Friday for the 12 youth chosen to represent Toronto in the fourth annual Cricket Across the Pond program.
“This is a program about building leadership in our communities and using cricket as a vehicle to do just that,” said Mr. Vaughan, calling cricket one of the great character-building sports.
The team of 12 known as the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Mayor’s Team represent a cross-section of young ambassadors from Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods. They’ll spend eight days in England developing their skills.
Cricket is the fastest growing game in Toronto and although the Mayor is more of a football guy he, Mr. Vaughan and Doug Ford will be participating in the Mayor’s Cup tournament Saturday along with the young men.
“The funniest thing is going to be watching you and Rob chase each other around with a bat,” said Mr. Ford with a grin for his fellow councillor, a known adversary of the mayor.
Continue reading CIMA team announced (Globe and Mail)
Woburn Collegiate Institute took the Eastern Region championship and then beat Kipling CI to win the Senior section of the Toronto Mayor’s cricket championship. Smithfield Middle School won the Junior section of the Western Region and then took the Mayor’s championship with a win over Valley Park Middle School.
Aashin Patel (Woburn CI) was named Player of the Tournament in the Senior championship, as well as being selected for the Mayor’s UK Tour squad. Akeel Cheema took the Western Region Senior batsman award, thanks to innings of 36 and 14, whilst Mark Mahibir (Sir Winston Churchill CI) gained the honours for batting in the Eastern Region with contributions of 43 and 20. Talha Shaikh (George Harvey CI) won the Western Region bowling hounours, as well as being named to the UK Tour squad.
Continue reading Woburn CI (Senior) and Smithfield MS (Junior) win Toronto Mayor’s Championships
The twelve player CIMA Toronto Mayor’s XI for this summer’s cricket tour to the United Kingdom was announced at Toronto’s City Hall on Friday (June 24, 2011).
It seems this year’s tour was in jeopardy, due to financial constraints, according to Tom Mihalik, owner of Tom’s Place in Toronto’s Kensington Market and a sponsorship supporter of “Cricket Across the Pond”, pointed out RBC made a return as sponsor, at the last minute, to help save this year’s tour.
Continue reading CIMA Toronto Mayor’s XI, UK Tour 2011
There is a six team cricket event on the schedule this weekend in the Greater Toronto Area’s 7th Annual Asian Community Games. The overall games take place at York University, except for the golf which is set for Angus Glen Golf Course, Markham.
Saturday’s cricket is due to have two three-team qualifying groups followed on Sunday [...]
The CIMA Toronto Mayor’s team for the 2011 UK tour is to be announced this Friday (June 24), the day before the annual CIMA Canada “A Celebration of Cricket/CIMA Mayor’s Trophy” takes place at Sunnybrook Park, Toronto.
Continue reading CIMA Toronto UK Tour Squad & CIMA Canada Mayor’s Trophy Update
This will take place on June 25 10-3 pm at Brampton Soccer Centre Cricket Grounds, with a variety of [...]
June 26, 2011 is a milestone for the Barrie Cricket League. Residents of Barrie have worked hard to receive permission from the City for their first Cricket grounds and the pitch has been gifted by the former CEO of Cricket Canada Mr. Atul Ahuja. The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for June 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Maitland Park (5.5 acre park located on Johnson St. just north of Grove St. in Barrie). The Chief Guests at the ceremony are former
Cricket Canada CEO Mr. Atul Ahuja, multiple award-winning Bollywood music composer Mr. Loy Mendonsa (from the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) invited to Toronto to attend the IIFA and Patrick Brown, Barrie’s Member of Parliament, among many notable guests.
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Hiral Patel and Rizwan Cheema have inked new deals with Cricket Canada. Two of the biggest hitters in Canada’s batting line-up Cheema and Patel are the first two players to sign central contracts for the 2011 season.
Continue reading Patel, Cheema sign contracts (Cricket Canada)
The 7th annual CIMA Canada Mayor’s Trophy cricket matches take place on June 25 at Sunnybrook Park.
Presented by The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Access & Diversity Unit of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation, the event uses cricket as a vehicle to bring Toronto’s diverse communities together and helps raise funds for youth [...]