Norman Jackson

‘It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing away of T&DCA Board member, Mr Norman Jackson. Norman has served on the T&DCA Board for over 25 years and would go down in our history as one of pioneering members who made a significant contribution towards the building of our league. Norman also served on the OCA Board. Norman Jackson lovingly known as Jacko, gave his life to cricket, but has now left us for a better place.

Our heart felt sympathy goes out to his family and the Malton Cricket Club. He will be missed by all.

We will keep you informed of funeral and viewing arrangements as they become available..’

via Toronto District Cricket Association.

‘Long time cricket volunteer Mr. Norman Jackson lost his battle to cancer and has passed away.

Norman was a board member with TDCA and MLCC as well as a past board member of OCA.

Recently in his position as the President of Malton Cricket & Sports Club, he revived the turf pitches at his club and helped Cricket Canada in the hosting of the ICC u19 CWCQ.

Norman will be missed and his contribution to cricket not forgotten.’

via Cricket Canada.

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Cricket Canada launches ‘On Drive’

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the inaugural episode of ON DRIVE.  As part of Cricket Canada Radio, ON DRIVE will provide a behind the scenes look at Cricket Canada by talking to players and administrators from across the country.

The first episode looks at the ICC HP Batting and Bowling Camp, the upcoming tour to Jamaica, and the launch of Cricket Canada’s new poster campaign.

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Ontario Cricket Academy U-17 Team Tour to Trinidad and Tobago March 2010

The Ontario Cricket Academy will embark on its second tour to Trinidad and Tobago on March 12-22, 2010. The group which is mainly comprised of Under 17 players will face top level competition on the tour, most notably a match against the Trinidad and Tobago Under 16 XI. Other fixtures include top league opposition such as FCB Clark Road, Alescon Comets and Central Cricket League XI.

The Ontario Cricket Academy team will be hoping to improve on last year’s record of three wins and two losses, including a win over the South Trinidad U-16 XI. Coach Derek Perera believes that the OCA youngsters have the potential to beat the T&T opposition, “our team has 8 players who have represented Canada and Ontario at the youth level, and they have been working extremely hard over the last few months in preparation for this trip. If we play to our potential, we can win”.

Another highlight of the tour will be a day of coaching at the Queens Park Oval, led by former WICB Development Officer, Kumar Rampat. On the last trip, Rampat, who leads the coaching at QPCC’s Brian Lara Foundation, was so impressed with the Ontario youngsters that he officially stated at the closing ceremony, “As the former WICB Territorial Development Officer for Trinidad and Tobago (2003 – 2007), having seen all the youth teams visiting TT during this period, I can easily say that this is the best prepared youth team coming out of North America that I have witnessed. There are also several youngsters who have displayed skill levels beyond their chronological age”.

The Ontario Cricket Academy wishes to thank all sponsors and organizers who have made the trip possible, with a special mention to Caribbean Airlines for their continued support of the academy’s youth cricket program.

Team:

Abhi Vaishnav (Captain)

Nikhil Dutta

Jasjeet Kalsi

Pratik Marathe

Jonathan Alexander

Amir Towheed

Trevor Manoosingh

Swapnil Abrol

Darren Ramsammy

Jaisal Patel

Rishi Kanjani

Faizan Ansari

Azeem Ali

Coaches/Managers: Derek Perera, Sunil Khandor, Trinidad Liaison: Rishi Bal

As someone that was born and raised in Ontario, I really wish we had an academy like this when I was younger!

I am very impressed with the level of coaching Ontario Cricket Academy players are receiving.  Derek Perera and Sunil Khandor have established an academy that provides young players with an ideal place to learn the sport and gain invaluable experience.

Visit the Ontario Cricket Academy Homepage for more information on their programs.

Here’s a news article from Trinidad on the teams performance last year.  The one thing that stood out the most for me, was that last years team featured only 4 players that were not born in Canada.  The rest were 1st generation Canadians.  We’re beginning to see more Canadian born players starting to pick up the game and that is very welcome news.