Cricket Canada is pleased to announce that Internationally acclaimed and well known cricket coach Monty Desai has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Cricket Canada senior men’s squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division 2 qualifiers.
Other than providing coaching assistance to the IPL Teams such as Rajasthan Royal and Gujrat Lions, Monty has an abundant coaching history with various teams in the past, including Afghanistan, Nepal, many regional squads in India and Cricket Canada as well. Monty brings with him vast experience of over twelve years at National and International level. He is currently the head coach for Andhra Cricket Association and Lyca Kowal Kings (TNPL).
Monty has a proven track record of bringing out the best of whichever team he has been part of. He was the batting coach of the Afghanistan National Team who were the Champions of 2019 ICC World cup Qualifiers. Also, he coached Rajasthan Royals, when they qualified for the IPL Semi Finals in 2013.
President Ranjit Saini quotes “Monty is a great addition to any team and Cricket Canada will benefit from the rich experience he brings to the table. Monty’s expertise would be the much-needed strategic support to the senior men’s team as Cricket Canada embarks on a hectic schedule this month onwards.”. Mr. Saini went on to say that “I have known Monty for many years and seen him grow as a successful coach. His willingness to support Cricket Canada is much appreciated. This is the best it can get and we are all excited”
Cricket Canada squad is currently undergoing intense training in Sri Lanka as a precursor to the Division 2 qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Namibia. Monty is currently with the team in Sri Lanka and is carefully analysing each player’s performance that are undergoing a vigorous preparation. Monty has previously worked with many of our players and is well known to the staff.
Mohammed Shaikh, Director in portfolio of the national teams, welcomed Monty Desai as the head coach and said “It’s a great excitement that Monty Desai is our head coach. We are confident in his skills that will lead us to the top of the qualifier. In an illustrious coaching career, Desai is known for his successful and well documented contributions”.
Cricket Canada looks forward to bringing vast improvement and precision in its performance ahead of WCL Div 2 Qualifiers next month where Canada is placed with strong opponents in Hong Kong, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. The matches would be in a round-robin format with Canada facing Hong Kong in its first match on 20th April 2019.
About Cricket Canada
Cricket Canada is the national governing body of Cricket in Canada and a member of International Cricket Council (ICC), member of Sports Canada & Canadian Olympic Committee. Formerly named Canadian Cricket Association, the organisation was established in 1892 and has ten provincial boards operating in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Cricket Canada’s mission is to govern, develop and promote cricket across all regions of Canada with the aim of achieving the vision of Canada being a leading cricket nation through growing popularity, building a sustainable organization, and achieving international success.