Cheema & Chohan added to IPL 3 Auction Registration List

Canadian players Rizwan Cheema and Khurram Chohan have been added to the registration list for the next IPL auction.

The duo has been added to a list of 97 prospective draftees.  The IPL will send this list to all teams and the teams will tell the league which players they want included in the auction.

It is great progress for all Cricketers in Associate countries looking to have more opportunities to play cricket professionally.  Niall O’Brien from Ireland and Ryan ten Doeschate from the Netherlands have also been included.

The Cricket Canada board members, players and fans should all be proud of this accomplishment.  A great way to start 2010!

Don’t forget you can pick up the new red and gold official 2010 Canadian Match Jerseys in the CC shop!  Pick yours up today!

Team Canada Prepare for ICC U-19 World Cup

U-19 Captain Rustum Bhatti drives during the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier (c) ICC

The Ontario representatives had a good practice with some of the Senior Canadian Men’s team players.  It was my first chance to see the young guys in person and I was really impressed.

One thing about this bunch is that they are not lacking in confidence.  Even if they don’t win, there is enough talent in the group to put up a good fight.

The fitness level was good and there is some variety in the bowling with a few left arm spin bowling options.  They leave on New Years Day and play their first warm up game on the 12th.

The full squad:

Rustam Bhatti (captain), Manny Aulakh, Parth Desai, Darius D’Souza, Ruvindu Gunasekara, Hardik Kotak, Nitish Kumar, Usman Limbada, Zain Mahmood, Asif Manjra, Hiral Patel, Riyazkhan Pathan, Arsalan Qadir, Harpreet Singh, Hamza Tariq.

You can support the squad by visiting the Cricket Canada online shop.   Check out the new toques.

Cricket Canada Launches Official Facebook Fan Page

Cricket Canada launched their new Facebook Fan page on Sunday evening.

As Cricket lovers we need to show ourselves in numbers to local business and to the government in order to get their support.  Businesses and Politicians will invest and support Cricket Canada if they see that there is an audience.

Join the Fan Page today!

Cricket Canada thanks Scotiabank as sponsorship ends

As of December 1, 2009 Cricket Canada’s partnership with Scotiabank has come to an end.  On behalf of Cricket enthusiasts across the country, Cricket Canada wishes to thank Scotiabank and their contribution to cricket in this country and around the world.

Interim Cricket Canada President Ranjit Saini

Interim President Ranjit Saini thanked Scotiabank for their contributions.  “Much has been achieved in the past 2 years of Canadian Cricket and we were happy to have Scotiabank with us on this journey.  It was unfortunate that we could not come to an agreement on the last proposal for a new three year deal but feel that ultimately this was in the interest of both parties to go our separate ways.  We wish them the best.”

Cricket Canada has soared to unprecedented heights in the past 2 years of becoming a power in Associate, U19, U15, and Women’s cricket as well as making bold moves off the field to reviatalize the game in Canada.

Currently the organization is embarking on an infrastructure and athlete development initiative that will help bring the highest levels of the game to every corner of the country.  “2010 will bring a fresh new look to Cricket Canada as well as some bold new initiatives that will cement the game into Canada’s culture from the grassroots level.  There is much to look forward to and much more to be done.” concluded Saini.

Source:  Cricket Canada Homepage