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.

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