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.



Match: Cricket Canada vs MAS UNICHELA SRI LANKA

Cricket Canada won the 2nd match with 62 runs as its batsmen gave some outstanding batting performances to carry the day.

Ravinderpal top scored with 65 runs of 78 balls at a strike rate of 83.33. Srimantha scored 47 while Saad was 39 (Not out)

Ravi and Varun made 82 runs in 4rth wicket partnership followed up by Srimantha and Saad who made 57 runs. Varun also contributed in a 33 run partnership with Srimantha,

Saad also had the third best batting scoring 39 runs on 33 balls with a strike rate of 118.18. The best strike rate was Ruvindu at 135.71 with 3 fours but got out early after scoring 19 runs of 14 balls.

Saad and Hiral took 3 wickets each. The best economy was delivered by Varun Sahdev  at 3.0 followed by Hiral  at 3.1 and  Saad at 4.3.

Tomorrow is a rest day.



CC Senior Men’s squad is undergoing vigorous training sessions each day in Sri Lanka. The squad is putting in its best efforts and had an intense center wickets practice at Panadura Sports Club ground. The video analysis were done for most of the boys followed by match simulation training. These intense training sessions are then wrapped up by cool downs in the pool and mental strengthening sessions.

Other than the physical training aspect, coaches are also ensuring that the squad is mentally fit and strong. With the countdown approaching soon to compete at the Div 2 qualifiers in Namibia, Captain Davy Jacobs and coach Henry are assisting each session with careful analysis. The presence of expert sports psychologist Dr. Neeta, the tour is indeed focused on skills strengthening. The expert team of Indian Institute of sport is also working hard with the captain and the team to understand the team dynamics as identifying that and understanding positive and negative outcomes that can occur is a stepping stone to knowing how to predict and build team performance.

The squad played a practice 50 over match against Srilankan Army Ordinance team where Canada won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 296 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and then defending it with a big margin of 100 runs.

Summing up the second day of training Dr. Neeta said,” the boys are coming out of the jet lag and are doing extremely well, considering their bodies are still taking time to adjust to the change of weather from Canada’s – 11 degree Celsius to 23 degree, here” . She also said that the practice is going great with a good talent Canada has.”Young ones have good energy along with senior players getting much needed practice”, Dr. Neeta said. With an experienced team of physios, analysts, head coach and the assistant coach, Canada will be all set to give their best shot in the qualifiers.



Last minute arrangements succeed to secure the tour

Antigua, Trinidad, South Africa or Sri Lanka puzzle was solved in favour of Sri Lanka, once it became clear that no other place provided much needed quality opposition and training arrangements than Sri Lanka. Institute of Sports (IOS), from Nagpur India, who have a long history of relationship with Cricket Canada were able to make all required arrangements to support Cricket Canada athletes training for the qualifier.

The Senior Men’s squad is practicing hard in Sri Lanka ahead of the WCL 2 Qualifiers. The squad held its first practice session at Panadura Ground on 10th March 2019. This world class training tour includes, cricket, mental and physical fitness as well as strategy sessions among other things. The training management has enforced a strict diet and training regime. The training is focused around team work, developing new skills and acclimatisation to foreign environments.

Following is the list of players and coaching staff, currently training in Sri Lanka. The final team for the qualifier shall be selected after the pre tour to South Africa and on the eve of starting of the qualifier in Namibia in April 2019.

Bhavindu Shakya Adhihetty
David Johan Jacobs (Captain)
Dilon Alex Heyliger
Harsh Thaker
Hiral Dashrathbhai Patel
Mark Montfort
Navneet Singh Dhaliwal
Nikhil Dutta
Nitish Roenick Kumar
Ravinderpal Singh
Rodrigo Augustine Thomas
Romesh Eranga Galkandage Don
Ruvindu T Gunasekera
Saad Bin Zafar
Srimantha Adrian Wijeyeratne
Sukhdeep Singh Brar
Varun Sehdev

Coaching Staff:
Daulat Khan
Henry Osinde



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Cricket Canada team delivered yet another solid performance against the Sri Lankan Army in the fourth practice match at Panagoda Army ground. Hiral Patel displayed good all-round skills with his patient knock of 71 (144 Balls) at the top order and strong bowling performance earlier by taking 4 wickets.

While middle order failed and most got out in single digit scores, Srimantha & Nikhil made runs in the end to take Canada to Victory chasing 177 for loss of 7 wickets.

Quality bowling performances earlier were showcased by our bowlers led by Hiral, Varun, Sukhdeep and Harsh Thaker restricting opposition for 177.

Cricket Canada won the match with 3 wickets against some very good Sri Lankan players in the opposition including Prasanna, Srilankan leg spinner, who has played 48 ODIs, 20 T20 matches and 1 test for Srilanka’s National Team. He was accompanied by 4 spinners one of whom was the highest wicket taker in last years first class season in Sri Lanka.

Team is on a winning mode and would want to continue this momentum in the future matches. Tomorrow is  much needed rest day to help team recover.