Cricket Canada RFP for Abbotsford Recreation Ground Turf Wicket Project

Cricket Canada in association with Cricket British Columbia is issuing a call for tender for the installation of turf wicket facilities at the Abbotsford Recreation Ground (ARG) in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

visit Cricket Canada for more information.

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Cricket Canada Statement On T20 WCQ, Independent Review Of Program

After failing to qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup last week in Dubai, Cricket Canada issued this statement regarding the teams performance.

‘Last Thursday our senior men’s team lost to UAE to conclude the recent T20 Cricket World Cup qualification tournament without a win. Though we were not alone in not moving on in the tournament, Cricket Canada takes this failure to move on very seriously.

2009 was a banner year for Cricket Canada, there were many firsts and after a few sub-par years, performances had turned around with the men’s team while success continued in all our other programs. This included a return to the 50 over world cups for the men and the u19 team.

Obviously we felt that this would continue into 2010 with both our senior men’s team’s and u19 teams engaged in high profile tournaments.

Like our fans and supporters both the adminstration and players expected more out of the first two months of the year and are deeply frustrated at the results. We are in a transition phase as we try to refresh our team with future stars while at the same time retain our commitment to putting a winning product on the field. This is not an easy task and we are paying the price for decades of stagnation in development programs in this country.

With this in mind, we are instituting a full review of all of our cricket programs. The review will commence later this month and will be spearheaded by person’s independant of Cricket Canada. We have asked that all of our personnel cooperate with us during this time and are confident we will emerge stronger and better prepared for the challenges that await us.

We thank you for your continued support’

via Cricket Canada.

ICC Global Cricket Academy Set To Visit Ontario

The Ontario Cricket Association will be partnering with the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai to provide a 1 week training camp to be held in the greater Toronto area for the top players in Ontario.

OCA President Mike Kendall was notably excited at the news that former test players Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan) and Rodney Marsh (Australia) would be conducting the camp and they will also provide opportunities for 6 OCA coaches to learn from the experience as well.

‘It gives me a great pleasure to inform you that OCA, in partnership with ICC Global Cricket Academy Dubai, is conducting a Cricket Training Camp in the GTA area, for our best propects in Ontario. The camp will be run from 30th March to 05 April, 2010 and will primarily focus on our younger players.

We are very fortunate to be able to benefit from the vast experience and knowledge of the Academy Director Mr. Rodney Marsh and Head Coach Mr. Mudassar Nazar, who will be personally conducting the training with assistance from 6 OCA coaches. This is one of a kind camp ever conducted in any of the ICC Associate countries and we are very lucky and proud to be hosting it here in Canada.

The rigorous training will focus not only on Batting and Bowling skills but also on fielding, physical fitness, mental development with a focus on various aspects of the game, video analysis, player profiling and progress reports etc. that is sure to provide our top players with an added edge, during any game or competition.’

The OCA had already sent out correspondence to it’s member leagues to put together a list from each league of ‘elite level’ players to be short listed for Ontario’s inter provincial matches this summer. The goal is that this training camp will help find talented cricketers and give them a platform for selection into the Canadian side.

Kendall also added that while this was an Ontario Cricket Association initiative, the OCA will be sending invitations to all Cricket Canada member provinces.

‘Although OCA has arranged this camp for the benefit of Ontario players, I personally feel very strongly that for development of Cricket in Canada, players across the country should have the opportunity to benefit from it as well. Therefore I will be forwarding this email to Cricket Canada and to all provincial directors, so that their players could also participate.’

OCA will be looking for sponsors for this event to help cover some of the costs.

‘Cost per player is $400.00 which includes everything except lodging, dinners and transportation to and from players’ home. This cost has been heavily subsidized by the OCA.’