ICC Media Release
Cricket Ireland took the top prize of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards 2011, claiming the Best Overall Cricket Development Programme, while Kanaksi Khimji of Oman Cricket was this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Service award.
Other winners this year include Cricket Canada being awarded the honour of Best Promotion and Marketing Programme for their new website and the work done alongside this, including groundbreaking work in live streaming of matches and webcasts of events.
Cricket Scotland was awarded the Best Women’s Cricket Initiative for its outstanding work in 2011, while Japan Cricket Association won the Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative for its ‘Cricket for Smiles’ project, which was created as a reaction to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.
Continue reading Cricket Canada wins marketing award at ICC Development Programme Annual Awards
In this episode, the resignation of Jimmy Hansra from captaincy, an Interview with Michael Dighton from Canada’s Sri Lanka training camp, and Toronto’s All Star T20 all headline the Canadian focused [...]
Canada put in a good bowling performance in their 50-over practice match against Scotland in Sri Lanka but were in real trouble with the bat before rain intervened. They dismissed Scotland for 164 (46ov) and were 25/4 from 4 [...]
Cats have nine lives. Curiosity killed the cat. It’s a sign of good luck for a black cat to cross your path.
Not the most likely of openings for a tale about Ontario College cricket, but appropriate. It follows a review of the latest information via the internet on the state of cricket in Ontario Colleges with a couple of looks at the National College level and at the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) situation on cricket. A scene showing limited improvement since an initial check during 2008. Five indoor mens cricket one-day tournaments are shown on the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s “On Campus” recreation cricket schedule for the fall and winter terms in 2011-2012.
Four of those tournaments have taken place. Humber College won the event it hosted on November 4th, beating Sheridan College in the Final. Teams from six colleges took part. There remains the University of Toronto Mississauga event due on March 16th, and three “unknown” tournament outcomes. Who knows if any with cricketing interests are participating in sports journalism or sports management at any of our colleges and universities? Or is it the fault of that black cat for failing to report on the progress of the world’s second biggest sport in Ontario colleges this fall and winter?
Continue reading One more event remains on Ontario Colleges indoor cricket schedule
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This past weekend I dropped by at the new indoor cricket nets in Scarborough because I heard a lot about it and I was really impressed with the facility. While I was there I got a chance to meet and speak in person with an ex-national cricketer Karun Jethi. Until that point I had only heard about him and his controversial stint with Canadian Team but this was the first time I got to speak with him.
So with his permission here is a brief of what we spoke about in Q and A form:
Q: How was your experience with the Canadian team?
A: “It was amazing. I don’t care what anyone has to say about it. I really enjoyed it. I had fun. I played every game as it was my last opportunity so I can perform better. I think I played well and performed in almost every opportunity I got. Not only at home but also overseas. I was also promoted to Vice-Captain. I wanted to play longer but due to certain circumstances I couldn’t and I would not like to speak about that right now”.
Q: A lot of people I spoke to last summer said you were a good cricketer and a good human being but full of controversies. What do you have to say about that?
A: “As I said earlier I don’t want to get in to that right now but all I want to say is that I stood up for what I think was right and I have no regrets about it and I can say proudly that because of so called controversial actions, a lot of youngsters are getting a chance to play for national team”.
Continue reading An interview with Karun Jethi – R Muttu
Comment from Eddie Norfolk
In a busy world it is possible to sometimes miss the odd opportunity or two. Yes, the odd slip leads to a boat or two being missed (which can be fatal if one drowns when jumping for the boat now leaving the pier). Thus, on Saturday some element of weariness made me miss both the fire of “Cricket in Babylon” and the ice of the St John’s what-ever-they-are-calleds (which I could look up) beating the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. Monday February 20th is observed this year as the “Family Day” holiday in Ontario, but a day when I noticed an advertisement for the 2012 Ontario Summer Games. These games were introduced in 1970 as a showcase for amateur sport in the province of Ontario, whose capital is Toronto.
There are some 28 sports scheduled for this summer’s event in Toronto. The tally of 28 includes seven sports with separate male and female events. Cricket does not feature as one of these ‘seven’ which, when doubled, to allow for the separate sex provisions, become 14 of the 28 sports.
Continue reading Another missed boat or two for “priceless” cricket in Toronto!
Canadian cricket throws up some interesting situations. Those who think that snow covers the Great White North for most of the year might be surprised to read the York Region of Ontario had an outdoor cricket season in September and October, 2011.
The Fall 2011 Varsity Boys Tier 1 cricket competition began on September 26th when Bur Oak SS (Markham) beat Middlefield (Markham) by 21 runs at Fairtree Community Park. Two days later Richmond Hill HS beat Jean Vanier CHS (Richmond Hill), probably by a certain number of wickets but the scores are 31-30, and Milliken Mills (Unionville) beat Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Markham) by 15 runs.
Continue reading Schools Cricket in Ontario’s York Region (Eddie Norfolk)
“Canada’s national team jets off to Sri Lanka this week — minus a captain. The team will hone its skills on the island before departing for the United Arab Emirates to take part in the T20 World Cup qualifiers that begin March 13.
All-rounder Jimmy Hansra, who assumed the captaincy from Ashish Bagai after the World Cup [...]
Ingleton Liburd mentioned at the All Star T20 media launch on Thursday that the Canadian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifier in the UAE are due to take flight this Saturday (February 18th). The Canadian players and support personnel are bound for Sri Lanka to prepare for the T20 qualifier. Best wishes go to the squad for a safe series of flights, good flight for the spinners during the games, good flight, or good grounding, for shots by Canadian batsmen (sometimes good to play the ball along the ground), good health and fitness, and best wishes for a successful tournament.
A wish from those involved with Canada Cricket Online, and a wish from old and new followers of Canadian cricket from sea to shining sea, which includes the northern parts where the sun might shine for an hour or two over the ice and snow.
Continue reading Canadian squad set to take flight for Sri Lanka and ICC T20 Preparations
World Cricket Weekly TALK is an global cricket discussion hosted by broadcast veteran Nigel Reed & Canadian Cricketer Zubin Surkari. This round-table styled discussion highlights the events from the international stage and features editorial contribution from former ESPN STAR Broadcaster Parth Mukherjee, Toronto Star & Cricinfo Columnist Faraz Sarwat and Cricket Canada’s 1st Vice President [...]
All Balls Don’t Bounce and Cricket Canada present an encore presentation of the award winning documentary FIRE in BABYLON in support of Black History Month. Saturday February 18th, 5:00pm at the NFB Mediatheque (Corner of John & Richmond). Admission [...]
TORONTO— From Friday’s Globe and Mail
The most talented international cricketers to play under a Canadian roof in almost 20 years – a mixture of legends and up-and-comers – will meet at Rogers Centre on May 12 in an all-star match that organizers hope will be at catalyst to move the sport into the Canadian psyche.
York Memorial girls won the inaugural Toronto and District School Board (TDSB) indoor cricket championship on Monday (February 13th) thanks to a 7 run win against George Harvey Collegiate Institute (CI) at Kipling CI. Darsney Gnavel scored 20 of York Memorial’s 48 for two wickets in the six allocated overs. George Harvey replied with [...]
The first eleven players signed to play in a May 12th, 2012 All Star T20 cricket match between an Asian XI and an International XI at Toronto’s Rogers Centre (previously known as the SkyDome) were named at a press conference today [Thursday February 16th]. The Asian XI is due to include Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sunil Joshi, Mohammad Sami and Tamim Iqbal. Due to the Indian Premier League’s operation at the time of the Toronto match, it is expected that various Pakistani players will form the nuceleus of the Asian XI side.
The International XI is due to include Mark Boucher (South Africa), Tino Best (West Indies) and Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe) plus two Canadian internationals in Rizwan Cheema and Ashish Bagai. The organizers expect to be able to confirm former West Indies test captain Brian Lara’s presence within the next few days.
Continue reading Cricket All Star T20 launched in Toronto – Eddie Norfolk
Cricket Canada media release
Jimmy Hansra has stepped down as captain of Canada’s Senior Men’s team. Hansra’s decision was conveyed to the board and accepted a short time ago.
In a statement Hansra was upbeat about the upcoming tournament and looked to do his part to ensure Canada qualifies for the 2012 T20 Cricket World Cup.
“I would like to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to lead Canada. In my short stay as Captain, I have thoroughly enjoyed the role and have learned a lot in a very short time. It has helped me grow as a cricketer and as an individual. However, looking ahead and putting cricket in front, I believe I need to focus on my game more and I can offer more to Cricket Canada as a player at this moment than a Captain. I am very happy with the organization and I believe we are definitely heading in the right direction. I am looking forward to the upcoming tournament as a player and I am very confident in this team that if we play together, we will qualify for the T20 Cricket World Cup and make Canada proud. Thank you once again to everyone involved for your trust and support throughout.”
Continue reading Hansra quits as captain