The Canadian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in Dubai was announced today by Cricket Canada. For the first time ever, it was released by a video on YouTube.
I took to twitter today to try to get some perspective on what the rest of the cricketing world thinks of our main guys Rizwan Cheema and Khurram Chohan making the next IPL season.
CCHQ – What do you think of the Canadians Cheema and Chohan’s chances of being selected.
IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi
‘Some talented players but there are so many players on the list and too few spots. So depends on each teams strategy.’ Link
‘I hope they do. It will motivate others and be good for Canadian Cricket.’ Link
Bloggers Note: I think it’s absolutely amazing that the league commissioner has twitter. Imagine if Gary Bettman (NHL) or David Stern (NBA) had twitter? The IPL is really on the cutting edge for using technology and social media to engage fans. I hope they continue to offer matches via live streaming on their website this year so all of us in North America can enjoy the action. Hopefully, it will force the ICC to follow suit for international cricket.
CCHQ – Can you predict whether Pakistani Canadians Cheema and Chohan can get selected for the IPL?
Cricinfo Pakistan Cricket Blogger Kamran Abbasi
‘No, that’s beyond my powers.‘ Link
Bloggers Note: Kamran is obviously too angry with Kamran Akmal for dropping too many catches and the rest of the Pakistani team for their performance in Sydney, that he doesn’t even want to speculate.
CCHQ – IMO, Rizwan Cheema has the ability to be one of the most destructive batsmen in World Cricket, he only needs the opportunity. Your thoughts?
Cricket with Balls – Jarrod Kimber
It will be a big ask for an IPL team to sign him, but it is a promising sign. My concern is his hitting across the line at all times, but he has some eye. Link
Basically, ‘Boom Boom’ and KC will have their work cut out for them, but they’ve already helped generate some exposure for Canadian Cricket by just being named in the initial list. They both deserve a tremendous amount of respect for their accomplishment.
The draft takes place on January 19th, 2010.
UPDATE: It was announced today that Rizwan Cheema has been added to the official draft list and is on a short list of options for 3 teams.
What do you think?
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!
The Emirates Cricket Board will host 7 other nations in February for a chance to qualify for the 2010 Twenty/20 World Cup to be staged in the West Indies. The tournament will run from February 9-13. The matches will be held at the Dubai Sports City and Abu Dhabi stadiums.
Group A – Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, USA
Group B – Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, UAE
Feb 9th Canada vs Netherlands
Feb 11th Canada vs UAE
view the full schedule here
The top 2 teams in each group will then play in the ‘Super Four’ round. The 2 teams that reach the finals will qualify for the T20 CWC in April 2010.
Canada is the 5th ranked team in the tournament based on their finish in the 2008 event.
Check out these highlights of hard-hitting batsman Rizwan ‘Boom-Boom’ Cheema. Highlights from the quadrangular Twenty/20 tournament in Canada in 2008 that featured the hosts playing against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
Look for our exclusive interview with him in the coming weeks.
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