February 2009

Cricket in the Snow in Toronto (Inside Toronto) -- Posted Friday, February 27 2009
Local school receives grant to participate in sport

The already audibly excited students packed into the auditorium of Scarborough's John A. Leslie Public School exploded with shouts and cheers this Thursday as Mayor David Miller arrived to show support for Cricket in the Snow, a celebration of the $1,000 grant being given by RBC to the school's increasingly popular cricket program.
The RBC Wicket Cricket Program has provided free cricket equipment to about 900 schools across Canada and has now expanded to create the RBC Wicket Cricket Community Fund which will grant $50,000 to various schools and organizations, several of which are located in Scarborough.

An avid cricket fan, the mayor gave a speech to the young athletes of John A. Leslie before joining them for a game in their snow-covered schoolyard.

"There are new generations of Canadians coming from all the great cricket playing countries from around the world and those kids want a chance to play cricket," said Miller. "It's great, a fantastic gift we have of diversity that is producing attention to a great sport."

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Crisis in Cricket Canada (South Asian Focus) -- Posted Thursday, February 26 2009
Cricket Canada appears to have plunged deeper into crisis as yet another of its top officials has resigned, protesting the "wrong policies" being followed by the board.

Cracks have now begun to fissure the administrative board itself after vice president Mike Kendall quit last week due to differences of opinion on key policy matters.

According to Kendall, Canada's national team has narrowly escaped the recent Tiger air bombing in Colombo.

"Sending Canadian cricketers to Sri Lanka for training was wrong. Tamil aircraft dropped bombs just beside where our players are staying," Kendall told SA Focus.

"Currently they are locked in the hotel and can't practice; who is responsible"

Kendall is the second senior official to have resigned in recent times and the first to quit within three weeks of Chief Executive Officer Atul Ahuja's unceremonious removal.

Earlier treasurer Bill Siddique had resigned, presumably for the same reasons.

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Ex Cricket Canada VP speaks out on resignation (Cricketnext) -- Posted Thursday, February 26 2009
Article sourced from cricketnext.com

Sparring Indians spoil cricket in Canada

Toronto: Indian intrigues are spoiling the party for Canadian cricket, declared the nation's first official sport last year amid much fanfare.

The newly anointed national sport, which received a major setback early this month with the sacking of its Indian-born CEO Atul Ahuja, has been further jolted by the ouster of its No. 2 man.

Mohanjeet Singh Kendall, the senior vice-president of Cricket Canada, has resigned to protest the management-style of president Banwarilal (Ben) Sennik.

Kendall, who sent in his resignation early this week, told IANS: "I have resigned not only to protest against the manner in which the CEO was sacked, but also to bring the sorry state of affairs in Canadian cricket to the notice of the public.

"From the running of the sport to the selection policy to treatment of some senior players, there is so much wrong with Canadian cricket which needs to be corrected immediately."

"I tried my best to change these things, but could not. So I decided to quit to let the public know what can ruin the fledging sport in this country."

Defending sacked CEO Ahuja as an efficient organiser, he said: "The president should have heard before removing him. Ahuja was an energetic man who delivered whatever he undertook."

He said there was no proper selection policy to develop the sport. "We have seen as many as 50 players being selected for the national team in just one-and-a-half years. We have also seen five captains during this short period. Is this the way to develop sport?" he asked.

Kendall said the last straw for him was the sanction for the tour of Sri Lanka.

"I opposed it on the grounds of prevailing conditions in Sri Lanka. Look at what has happened. Our players are cooped up in hotel after the LTTE air suicide attack in Colombo. They were just a kilometre from where the suicide attack took place."

The Cricket Canada president was not available for comment.

The sport's governing body is already under the scanner from the International Cricket Council (ICC) which funding the development of the sport in Canada.

Scotiabank, which is a major sponsor of Cricket Canada, is reportedly also not very happy with the developments in the sporting body.

Brampton and Etobicoke Leagues in grounds dispute -- Posted Thursday, February 26 2009
From South Asian Focus

"Cricket has become so popular in Canada that even 11 grounds in the city of Brampton are not enough to accommodate all potential matches in the upcoming season, causing frustration and disappointment in the leagues and among the cricketing fraternity.
Last week a new Brampton Cricket League was officially launched by a group of youngsters to provide better cricket activities, but BCL feels let down at city authorities citing ground unavailability.

Currently Brampton has 11 fields, all of which have been rented out to Etobicoke and Toronto Cricket Leagues for the last five years.

"We have an existing group called Etobicoke Cricket League and the city feels they are meeting the needs of Brampton teams," Donald A. Doan, manager, Recreation and Programs, Brampton, told SA Focus."

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RBC goes to bat for cricket in Canada (RBC news release) -- Posted Wednesday, February 25 2009
Canada's first official national sport - cricket - is making a comeback and a new $50,000 grant program from RBC is helping grassroots organizations make the sport more accessible to young people across the country. Demonstrating just how wide a reach cricket now has throughout Canada, the first $1,000 grant recipients from the RBC Wicket Cricket Community Fund include organizations from St. John's, Newfoundland to Tofino, British Columbia.

"This is a very exciting time to be supporting cricket in Canada and to help young people discover the passion that this sport inspires," said Andrea Metrick, head, Client Strategy and Multicultural Markets, RBC. "We hope our grants make it possible for even more young Canadians and their communities to enjoy what cricket is all about."

The fund builds on the already flourishing RBC Wicket Cricket school program, which now includes some 900 schools and an estimated 50,000 students across Canada. Grant recipients were chosen based on their grassroots credentials, their focus on young people aged four to 17, and their potential to develop and sustain the game of cricket in their communities. Other criteria included: innovation in cricket program delivery, building awareness for the sport in their community, solid community participation, and providing a safe and welcoming environment for cricket.

The grant recipients include organizations wanting to expand their existing cricket programs or start up ones in their communities. One of this year's recipients is The Mississauga Ramblers Cricket Club which was formed in 1966 and now boasts one of the most thriving junior programs in Canada, with over 125 members. The Ramblers' RBC grant will go towards education and coaching junior cricketers for their 2009 summer camp. In Montreal, the Adastrians Cricket Club's grant will help subsidize registration fees, purchase equipment, and create an outreach program to find more coaches.

Another recipient, Brad Gibson of the Edmonton-based Lorelei Knights Cricket Club said, "Thanks to RBC we can finally purchase additional cricket equipment for this program that we are so proud of. Our goal is to get as many kids as possible involved with cricket, and more equipment means that more kids can play."

Grant applications for 2009 will be made available online in March. A complete list of the 2008 grant recipients and further information about the RBC Wicket Cricket Community Fund, as well as resources for community and school cricket programs, can be found at www.rbc.com/wicketcricket.

*2008 Recipients

Cricket Canada seeks professional marketing help! -- Posted Wednesday, February 25 2009
From the Media in Canada web site

"Cricket Canada is on its way to promoting the sport, already one of the most popular among the country's multicultural communities, to a new generation of Canadian sport fans. To do so, it teamed up with 252 Media, a Toronto-based custom content creation co specializing in multi-platform, as its official sponsorship and community activation agency."

"As part of the deal, the agency will manage the national regulatory body's sponsorship agreements with focus placed on growing the sport throughout the country, enhancing Cricket Canada's website and executing the org's major sport and community events."

"The sport's popularity in Canada is perhaps one of advertising's best-kept secrets," says Nigel Da Costa, partner of 252 Media. "Cricket enthusiasts are some of the most passionate sports fans in Canada."


Given that marketing has not been one of the national organization strengths over the last few years this move has to be commended.. 252Media currently only advertise two properties on their website, Golflogic.ca - "Canada's leading online destination for golfers", and http://www.fadoo.ca/ - in development, so their track record is not clear. They do however have a fancy but slow loading web site!

History of cricket in Edmonton -- Posted Wednesday, February 25 2009
An excellent summary of Edmonton's cricket history by Bryn Whittaker can be found at the EDCL web site.

"Cricket in Edmonton - More than a game!

The sport of Cricket has not received the attention and development of other North American sports but the Edmonton cricket club and other clubs in the City proudly continue to play here and continue to be part of a significant history. Edmonton cricket club was founded in 1882 when games were started between the men of Fort Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. Strathcona cricket club began in those early days also.
In 2007 Edmonton C.C. celebrated its 125th year anniversary. Names attached to the club in those early days include: Richard Secord, Ed. Looby, Richard Hardisty, Dr. Wilson. All are significant contributors to the early development of our city."


Wanted! Cricket Canada CEO -- Posted Monday, February 23 2009
The Cricket Canada web site is soliciting applications for a new CEO - perhaps not the easiest job in global cricket right now..
"Cricket Canada is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to implement a long-term strategic plan for the organization and to lead it in the highly competitive sports industry in Canada. Please submit a cover letter and resume to canada@cricamericas.com or to our offices:
Attn: Mr. Calvin Clarke - General Secretary
Cricket Canada, 3 Concord Gate, Suite 301, Toronto, ON, M3C 3N7"

"I can't conceive it proceeding when there are so many bigger things to think about. I hadn't heard anything formally, but I would be absolutely astonished if it proceeded."

Allen Stanford has been a long-time supporter of the game of cricket, funding tournaments and facilities around the world, primarily in the West Indies."

Full story at cbc.ca

Cricket Canada VP resigns -- Posted Monday, February 23 2009
Canda Cricket online has learned that Mr. Mohan (Mike) J.S. Kendall, has resigned as First Vice President of Cricket Canada, effective immidiately.

However he continues to serve as President of the Ontario Cricket Association.

In the text of a letter e-mailed widely he says

"Mr. Ben Sennik,
Cricket Canada
Subject: Resignation

Due to consistantly substancial difference of opinion, on important policy matters and the direction of Cricket Canada under your leadership, I am hereby resigning,as First Vice President of Cricket Canada, effective immidiately.


Mohan (Mike) Kendall, "

Following the departure of CEO Atul Ahuja, this suggests a deepening crisis in the administration of Canadian cricket..

What is the Cricket World Cup? -- Posted Saturday, February 21 2009

The ICC World Cup is a 16-team tournament involving the top test-playing countries (Australia, England, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) as well as qualifiers from the ICC's associate countries (second-tier nations), of which Canada is one.

The top two in each group will advance to the "Super 8," another group stage which brings the field down to four teams. The team who finishes first in the Super 8s will play the team that finished fourth, while second will play third to establish the finalists.

US tycoon charged over $8bn fraud -- Posted Tuesday, February 17 2009

Texan billionaire and cricket promoter Sir Allen Stanford has been charged over a $8bn (£5.6bn) investment fraud, US financial regulators say.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said the financier had orchestrated "a fraudulent, multi-billion dollar investment scheme".

The SEC said the fraud was "based on false promises and fabricated historical return data".

English cricket bosses have pulled out of sponsorship talks with Sir Allen.

The charges against Sir Allen, three of his companies and two executives of those companies followed a raid by US marshals on the Houston, Texas, offices of Stanford Financial Group.

“ We are alleging a fraud of shocking magnitude that has spread its tentacles throughout the world ”
Rose Romero, SEC
A US judge has frozen the assets of Sir Allen and the other defendants as well as those of the Stanford Group, its Antigua-based subsidiary Stanford International Bank (SIB) and another subsidiary, investment advisor Stanford Capital Management.

A receiver has been appointed to "preserve assets for investors", the SEC said.

'Close circle'

Sir Allen last year promoted the Stanford cricket series which saw a West Indian all-star team - the Stanford Superstars - beat an England team for a $20m prize.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended sponsorship negotiations with him following the fraud charges.

The ECB has a five-year deal to play games against the Stanford Superstars.

The SEC said that the Stanford International Bank - the largest in the Caribbean - sold approximately $8bn worth of certificates of deposit to investors, promising "improbable and unsubstantiated high interest rates".

The bank was "operated by a close circle of Stanford's family and friends", the SEC said in a statement.

"We are alleging a fraud of shocking magnitude that has spread its tentacles throughout the world," said Rose Romero of the SEC.

The SEC began investigating Stanford Group last year and intensified their probe following the arrest of US financier Bernard Madoff in December over an alleged $50bn (£35bn) investment fraud.

In the wake of that scandal, SIB falsely told its investors it had no exposure to the funds involved in the alleged Madoff fraud.

The Stanford Group lists its worth as more than $40bn. Antigua and Barbuda granted Sir Allen citizenship about 10 years ago and knighted him in 2006.

Forbes magazine lists him as the world's 605th richest man, with assets of $2.2bn.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/02/17 19:31:46 GMT

Women's Cricket development -- Posted Tuesday, February 3 2009

On Friday Jan 16,2009, the OCA President Mohan (Mike) Kendall, sent an email to CC President Ben Sennik, giving him three possible dates and times, to meet and restart the negotiations with TDCA.

Women's Cricket development program under the Chairmanship of Mrs Rita Jethi, is off and running. If you know of ladies in any age bracket, who would like to play or volunteer to help with this initiative, please contact Rita at 416-293-3411 or 416-841-2584. You can also reach her via Email rita.jethi@rjfinancials.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rita is a former National player, representing the Province of Panjab in India.

OCA welcomes all leagues that became new Associate members, as part of the growing OCA family at the last SAGM. Also the OCA board appointed Karun Jethi as Ontario Players' rep and Mrs Rita Jethi as the Chairperson of Women's Cricket Development Program. Congratulations to everyone!!!!

Ontario Indoor Cricket Association OICA, a new OCA Associate member, completed their inaugural tournament in Scarborough on Dec26,2008.

The tournament was a resounding success with a lot of top teams participating in it. A $3000 cash prize was awarded to the winners.

* A list of Ontario Players' suggestion has already been provided to the OCA executive by the player's Rep and action will be taken to address those concerns.

* After consultaions with OCA Member leagues, a new structure of OCA is being looked at and will be presented for acceptance at the next AGM.

Stay tuned for more.......

Written by Mohan Kendall
Sunday, 18 January 2009

Canada cricket in crisis as CEO ousted -- Posted Monday, February 2 2009

Cricket Canada has been thrown into confusion after the announcement that chief executive Atul Ahuja has been removed from office and replaced on an interim basis by Ingleton Liburd, the cricket development officer and a former national captain.

Rumours had been circulating for two days that Ahuja's contract had been terminated following a major falling-out with Ben Sennick, the board's chairman. Other than a terse statement which made almost no reference to Ahuja other than to say he was being replaced, nobody from Cricket Canada was available for comment.

"Sennik would know best why the executive committee were motivated to take this step," Ahuja told Cricinfo. "Per the contract, in year two of the two-year contract, termination without cause entails two months' compensation, and I have received that. However, significant amounts relating to incentive compensation, expenses and vacation pay remain outstanding."

Liburd does not appear to be a long-term option for a board which still harbours ambitions of expanding the game internally and becoming a major player among the Associates internationally. Prior to joining Cricket Canada in 2008, he served as president of the St Kitts Cricket Association and as a territorial development officer for the West Indies Cricket Board.

"Ingleton has a tremendous knowledge of the game of cricket and has demonstrated his leadership skills throughout his association with the game", Sennik said. "On behalf of the Cricket Canada board of directors, we are pleased to have Ingleton as a key part of our team as we continue to enhance cricket's appeal across Canada at the professional and community levels."

Article sorced from Cricinfo staff

January 30, 2009

Afghanistan and Uganda take remaining two places in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier -- Posted Sunday, February 1 2009

Kamyuka’s outstanding all-round display in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 gives Uganda promotion spot, while skipper stars to keep the dream alive for Afghanistan

Heart-broken PNG misses out on net run-rate as Cayman Islands and Argentina are relegated to WCL Div. 4

Afghanistan and Uganda achieved a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier after recording victories in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Afghanistan captain Narooz Mangal inspired a brilliant 82-run win over Cayman Islands to give his team the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 (WCL Div. 3) title, following on from its successive title wins in Jersey in Division 5 and Tanzania in Division 4.

It has already been a remarkable journey for this Afghanistan side having come through three tournaments played on three continents, keeping alive the team’s dream of making it through to the world’s premier 50-over tournament.

And Uganda also managed to secure a top-two position in the final standings after dismissing Argentina for 83, achieving a significant enough improvement in its net run-rate to finish ahead of Papua New Guinea (PNG), which just missed out despite having lost only one group game in the competition.

Uganda had player of the tournament Kenneth Kamyuka to thank after yet another high-quality all-round display. His crucial innings of 38 coupled with three wickets transformed the low-scoring match and swung it in his side’s favour.

Afterwards, Narooz was proud of his side and believes it is capable of finishing in the top four at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa thus making it through to the big event in 2011.

“Today is a very happy day for me as we have won the Division 3 tournament and have made it into the World Cup Qualifier. It is a very big day in the history of Afghanistan cricket,” said Narooz.

“It will be very hard work in South Africa and we will be playing against some very difficult teams but we are all very happy.

“It was very special to get the man-of-the-match award as my innings was important for my team but all the team played well. I think if we all work very hard in the next couple of months we have a very good chance of making it to the Cricket World Cup in 2011.”

In the match against Cayman Islands, Afghanistan ’s top order again failed to fire with Karim Khan and Ahmad Shah both falling early on to leave the team struggling on 27-2. A 69-run partnership for the third wicket between Shafiqullah Shafaq (39) and skipper Narooz then changed the balance of the game, as Afghanistan took advantage of some poor Cayman Islands fielding.

Mangal (70), restored to the side after his two-match ban earlier in the event, looked in excellent form as he played one of the best innings of the event, scoring seven fours in his 89-ball knock.

Asghar Stanikzai (66 not out off 62 balls) then took control with a brilliantly timed innings, completing the innings in style with a six over long-on to give Afghanistan a respectable total of 230-8 off 50 overs.

In reply, a double strike from Mohammad Nabi in the space of one over left Cayman Islands in serious trouble on 41-3, and he was to take two further wickets to leave him with outstanding figures of 4-23.

Hamid Hassan then came on and bowled his best spell of the tournament, mixing some aggressive, short-pitched deliveries with more controlled, fuller and straighter bowling, including his trademark yorker.

The defeat means Cayman Islands joins Argentina in being relegated to WCL Div. 4, which will be played in 2010.

Meanwhile, Uganda did enough to make it through to the qualifier after an outstanding victory over Argentina . The Africans got off to a terrible start and looked in danger of limping to a tiny total against Argentina as it collapsed to 46-5.

Indeed, were it for not for the heroics of Kamyuka, who has saved his team throughout the week with both bat and ball, Uganda would have struggled to reach three figures. But the hard-hitting ninth-wicket stand of 59 between Kamyuka (38) and Danniel Ruyange (35) helped transform the game and set the target of 183 to win, a total the Argentina players knew was more than it should have been.

And then it was Kamyuka who starred again for Uganda . His figures of 3-26 did the trick as the host crumbled to 83 all out and succumbed to a fifth consecutive defeat with only opener Matias Paterlini (26) putting up any resistance.

“We have a lot of work to do ahead of the qualifier. Although our bowling and fielding has been good we need to improve our batting,” said Uganda coach Ebrahim Mohamed.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to see Uganda playing in the Cricket World Cup in 2011?” he added with a smile.

The coach also paid tribute to his star performer, Kamyuka, who was clearly the best performer of the tournament.

“He is very talented and he has performed excellently during this week. With some hard work I think he could become a very good player in the future,” he said.

The fixtures for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in South Africa from 1 to 19 April will be released shortly. The top four sides at that event qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, while a top-six place will secure ODI status for the next four years as well as automatic qualification for the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

Afghanistan progresses as the first qualifier to the CWCQ and will take up its position in Group B along with Kenya , Netherlands , Bermuda, UAE and Denmark . Uganda goes into Group A with Ireland , Scotland , Canada , Oman and Namibia .

The Pepsi ICC World Cricket League gives a clear pathway for the ICC’s Associate and Affiliate Members towards the ICC Cricket World Cup. From Division 7 right up to the top Associate teams in Division 1, every side in the world knows exactly what it has to do to get through to the premier one-day competition in cricket.

Score summaries (day six):

At Belgrano: Uganda 182 all out, 47.4 overs (Arthur Kyobe 41, Kenneth Kamyuka 38, Danniel Ruyange 35; Esteban Nino 3-47)
Argentina 83 all out, 33.2 overs (Kenneth Kamyuka 3-26)
Uganda won by 99 runs

At Corimayo: Afghanistan 230-8, 50 overs (Norooz Mangal 70, Asghar Stanikzai 66 not out)
Cayman Islands 148 all out, 45 overs (Mohammad Nabi 4-23, Hamid Hassan 3-16)
Afghanistan won by 82 runs