South Asian Focus have a fascinating interview with Tony Hemming, head curator at the ICC Cricket Global Academy in Dubai who recently visited Toronto. Hemmings is quoted on a variety of subjects including
The purpose of his visit:- “The reason for my visit is to educate curators in Toronto. In fact Melvin John has a [...]
Cricket Canada have made the crucial first steps in expanding international cricket beyond the Toronto area. Read about the installation of grass wickets in Abbotsford, BC on the Cricket Canada web site. This may form the first steps in creating a west-coast ICC [...]
A year ago, shortly after the revival had begun, I predicted a bright new future for cricket in Newfoundland. I have to confess that I didn’t fully believe my own predictions. This was the land of bogs and fog and moose and hockey; what chance did cricket really have of taking off?
That enthusiasm for the game existed wasn’t in question. Tape-ball cricket was already in full swing, and India played Bangladesh on a basketball court pretty much every weekend. Enthusiasm is one thing, however, and organised cricket quite another. I moved back to the UK wondering quietly to myself what would happen next.
I’m delighted to say, therefore, that 2011 has been an annus mirabilis. The first full Newfoundland summer of hardball cricket in decades has just finished, and the successes on and off the field were impressive. Not quite wildest-dream-exceeding, perhaps, but close. And anyway, it’s best to have a few wild dreams left over for next season.
Continue reading It’s all coming up roses – Newfoundland cricket 2011 (CricInfo)
Pirates of the St Lawrence versus Sukhdeo’s Select: A Guyanese XI
On Monday afternoon it was possible to land a large seaplane on the field. Cap’n Bell, after discovering his bag had been left open to the elements throughout the wet weekend by Steady Palmer, spent the best part of two days pumping 2,000 litres off the wicket (and out of his pads) while drying the jute mat on palettes. Unseasonably warm weather aided the drainage, and by Saturday, with a forecast of 24 degrees, The Candy Fields was restored to full fall glory.
Continue reading Pirates conclude another successful season
THE 2012 edition of the Caribbean T20 (CT20) will have a true international flavour with Netherlands, Canada and the Sussex Sharks all scheduled to compete in the regional showpiece. The announcement was made yesterday following a meeting in St Lucia by the West Indies Cricket Board. The overseas trio will join seven regional sides in [...]
The Board of Control for Cricket in Canada (BCCC) (formerly known as Canadian Cricket Federation) announced its name change on October 8th at its National All star game held in Scarborough. The BCCC, with consultation of its members, appointed the following interim Executive Council who have assumed their offices:
Continue reading Board of Control for Cricket in Canada (press release)
It will surprise nobody that the ICC Executive Board, meeting on Monday, rubber-stamped the proposal for a two-part qualification process for the 2015 World Cup, with the first element based on its new One-Day League.
While the decision to hold a qualifying tournament deserves an unequivocal welcome, the other side of the deal invites severe criticism, both procedurally and in substance.
For the second time in a matter of months, the ICC has changed the basis of a competitive process after it has started; first, it reduced the number of qualification places available for the 2012 World Twenty20 qualifier from six to two after several of the regional feeder tournaments had been held, largely making nonsense of the 16-team event which will take place in the UAE in March.
Continue reading ICC Board gets it wrong – again (CricketEurope)
Good news for Canadian cricket fans as Sportsnet announced a deal with ESPN Star Sports to bring ICC events to Canadian media. The full media release follows but coverage includes ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy, Under 19 Cricket World Cup, and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. These will be aired on sportsnet world, with additional coverage on other outlets including sportsnet.ca.
Continue reading Sportsnet deal brings more cricket to Canadian TV
As far as Rita Jethi is concerned, sport is the key to bringing people together and keeping them engaged in the community.
Jethi is the Progressive Conservative candidate for Toronto-Danforth in this Thursday’s provincial election. She says she uses cricket, the sport she grew up with in India, to get to know the members of her community and keep them engaged.
“I enjoy encouraging youth and families to get involved in sports,” she said. “I see women, men and children developing their personalities and the skills it takes to succeed in life.”
After immigrating to Canada in September 1999, Jethi worked hard to obtain her financial service licence. Her goal was to start up a small financial consulting business. Several months later, her husband, Anil, brought over their two sons. They both currently work as a husband and wife realtor team for Century 21.
Jethi launched the Cricket Development program in 2009. She currently facilitates weekly tournaments throughout the city. She believes the program is an effective way for women to adopt active lifestyles and develop self-esteem.
Continue reading Toronto-Danforth’s Conservative cricket candidate (Toronto Observer)
In the small Quebecois town of Otterburn Park, just across the Richelieu River, on a field between a chocolate factory and a volcano, a revolution is taking place. French may be the official language but cricket is the lingua franca.
The revolutionaries call themselves the Pirates of the St Lawrence, and their mission is straightforward: cricket for everyone.
Male or female, novice or expert, young or old, the Pirates will welcome you into the fold, and they don’t care where you come from. Indeed, they revel in introducing cricket to people from non-cricketing nations, and their success has been extraordinary. In under five years they have become the most multicultural multinational cricket club in the world.
Continue reading Égalité, fraternité, pirate (Cricinfo)