Canada’s captain, Ashish Bagai has been nominated for the ICC Affiliate/Associate Player of the year award.
Despite being hobbled by a knee injury for much of the year, Bagai has been stellar for Canada in T20 and ODI cricket scoring a healthy 576 runs in 13 innings at a healthy 52.36, which is well above his career averages.
Also nominated in the category are Richie Berrington, Muddassar Bukhari, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Trent Johnston, Kevin O’Brien, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Paul Stirling
Former Ontario Cricket Association President Errol Townshend has come to the defense of the current Cricket Canada administration in a letter to Share News stating that declining to host the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup was the ‘right’ move.
Mr. Townshend was critical of the ‘misinformation’ that is flying around in Canadian cricket circles and also the previous administrations decision to agree to host the tournament in the first place.
Here is the letter in it’s entirety:
‘It’s a measure of the mindlessness and misinformation that pervades Canada’s cricketing community that there is mourning over Cricket Canada’s decision to throw the 2012 Under-19 World Cup back into the laps of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Instead, there should be dancing on the pitches.
It was one of the several dumb decisions taken by the Ben Sennek regime which acquiesced in allowing the ICC to foist this tournament on Canada.
We did not bid for it. We were simply told to host it. To its credit, the Sennek gang insisted the ICC pay a hosting fee. This was more than the previous regime did when, against my advice, it allowed the ICC to bankrupt Canadian cricket by hosting the 2001 ICC Trophy, the senior mini-World Cup for Associate countries.
But the hosting fee this time was still chump change. It took Canada eight years following 2001 to dig itself out of bankruptcy. Hosting this 2012 event would likely have put Cricket Canada right back in a deep financial hole.
That the current Cricket Canada board thought it necessary to approach various levels of government for a whopping $2.5 million to put on this event should have turned on the lights in the heads of all those, like OCA president Mike Kendall, now mourning its loss. This is a youth tournament. There are no superstars. No gate receipts. As we found out in 2001, all major advertising receipts go to the ICC. There is no TV revenue coming to Cricket Canada. It’s all spend, spend, spend. It was destined to be a financial bath from the get-go.
There was mad talk of building turf pitches all over Canada for the event, without so much as a thought as to how they would be maintained. One suspects that many of these intended turf pitches would end up in various stages of deterioration, as is the case with the two at Ross Lord Park in Toronto.
Canada is now the second Associate country in the past two years that agreed to host the World Under-19 Cup but no longer will. Kenya spent oodles of money upgrading its grounds in preparation for this past January’s event only to have it yanked away by the ICC and given to New Zealand. No word about any compensation to Kenya for its troubles.
The ICC, in the hopes of competing with soccer, is trying to make cricket into a world game. The game is being spread into countries, including China, that have no cricketing history. It has sought, within the Associate countries like Canada, to bring a level of professionalism to its administration by paying national coaches, CEOs and granting modest central contracts to the top players. This is commendable. But one of the consequences that should have been anticipated is that once you introduce payment to a few volunteers in a hitherto amateur system, other volunteers will want to be paid as well. Thus, a pittance of a hosting fee paid to a governing national body could never compensate for the enormous outlay required to host such an event.
Debt-ridden Caribbean island governments, especially Jamaica, are still picking up the tab for hosting the 2007 World Cup. Cricket Canada, under Sennek, spent some $250,000 of its own money preparing for that event and received not a penny for its pains. Ireland, which shocked the world by advancing to the Super Eights, went home with pennies in its pocket until an embarrassed ICC cut them a one-off, hush-hush-don’t-cry cheque.
Ireland also had its two top batsmen, Ed Joyce and Eion Morgan, pinched by England under eligibility rules skewed heavily in favour of Test countries.
Canada, whose on-the-field performance is now an international joke, is going to the senior World Cup next year. But the money being spent by ICC in helping Canada and other Associates prepare for this TV extravaganza is mostly to ensure that the matches last the full 100 overs, unlike the disaster in 2003 when Canada was bowled out for 36 in the blink of an eye by Sri Lanka. (Pity those poor sponsors whose TV ads never got aired as a result.) So the money-spinning ICC is not exactly the charitable foundation some of the bird-brains in Canada’s cricket community think it is.
Agreeing to host the 2012 Under-19 World Cup was a huge mistake. Thankfully, Cricket Canada has now corrected it. We should all be rejoicing.’
As a Canadian Cricketer, I’m disappointed that we will not be hosting the World Cup. It would have provided our young players the opportunity to play at home against the top teams in the world.
However, it is important for our National body to think long term and whether it would be able to afford such an event. Obviously there were some doubts within the board, so they’ve done the right thing by allowing the ICC enough time to find an alternate venue and perhaps have earned some respect within the ICC for not putting on a tournament that is not up to International standards.
‘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..’
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.
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.
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.
From the moment I started watching Cricket, my favourite player has always been Wasim Akram. I loved the way he ran in and made the ball move in 3 different directions before it reached the batsman. And I always got excited when he came into bat, in hopes that he would start launching sixes over the mid-wicket boundary.
Then Shahid Afridi came along. It’s hard not to catch ‘Boom-Boom’ fever anytime he strolls in to bat. After leading Pakistan to the T20 world cup finals victory with outstanding performances in the semi’s and final, he’s shown the world that he might just be able to reign in his natural aggressiveness and become a more mature player.
But, now I have a new favourite player. His name is Rizwan Cheema and although the rest of the world might not know him (…yet), he is an entertainer just like the above mentioned Afridi and Akram. His raw talent and ability to smash the ball all over the field have earned him the praise and respect of the international players he has played against. He also bowls some handy medium pace and has a habit of picking up timely wickets.
Canada kicked off the U-19 World Cup with a bang today with a tense victory over Zimbabwe. Canada won the toss and elected to bat and held off the a tough Zimbabwe team by 10 runs to get secure their first ever victory in the tournament.
Canada started off well within the first 10 overs with Ruvindu Gunasekara and Hiral Patel getting Canada off to a steady start. Ruvindu was the first batsman to depart after making 20, while Hiral made 29. In the next 10 overs Canada lost 3 quick wickets before Usman Limbada took charge with a superb 90 runs off only 114 balls. A knock which included 6 fours and 1 six which helped the boys reach a defendable target of 201-7 after batting their alotted 50 overs. Usman shared an important 57 run partnership with Darius D’Souza (20 from 34 balls).
Although it wasn’t a huge target it was certainly enough to put up a good fight and they held their nerve in the last few overs. Zimbabwe’s chase got off to a rocky start because of some great bowling from Zain Mahmood and Arsalan Qadir. Zain picked up 3 wickets for 31 runs to lead the bowling attack. Zimbabwe was 23-3 before Wicket keeper Dean Mashawidza and Andrew Lindsay steadied the chase for Zimbabwe with 75 and 40 runs respectively. Parth Desai got the crucial breakthrough by trapping Mashawidza in front for a big LBW. Zimbabwe fell short by 10 runs and were all out in the 50th over.
It’s the first ever victory for Canada at the U-19 World Cup and hopefully a good sign for things to come. But, while it is a big victory, it is only one game. The team must treat this like any another game and start preparing for the hosts New Zealand tomorrow. There will be plenty of time to savour this victory after the tournament is over… This game is definitely history.