Cricket Canada had announced the team for Super 50 Cup which will be held in Windies from 3rd Oct 2018. The team has a newer look and a fresh set of players than those that played in the recently concluded ICC WT20 SRQ. This just goes to show determination of the management to rebuild the team. This being a 50 Over tournament, few players from past T20 event did not make the cut, where as few Development and HP players were included.
Since every format is different and the approach needed has to be different, it also gives opportunities to multiple players to represent the country and showcase their talent at the highest level. This was kept in mind while selecting the team. It gives players the time to set on the crease and score runs or the bowlers to bowl longer spells.
Child prodigy Bhavindu Adhihetty has been phenomenal in domestic circuit and earned his sport in the national team. He has captained U19 team in the World Cup 2016 and also represented the senior team this year in World Cricket league division 2. Along with Bhavindu, Harsh Thaker has been named in the 15-man squad. He was also the member of U-19 World cup squad in 2016.
David Jacobs has been appointed as the captain for the Super 50 cup. He brings a vast experience with him along with exceptional talent. Born in South Africa, he has represented the A team of Proteas, emerging squad and sixes team which participated in Hong Kong super sixes. He has scored over 1700 runs in 83 T20s and is a brilliant wicket-keeper. His performance in Champions League T20 2010 earned him the Mumbai Indians cap in the following year. He was the second highest run scorer in the CLT20 2010. Jacobs moved to Canada in 2015 and along with playing, he has been coaching in the Ontario Cricket Academy. His ability to lead and experience lands him the shoes of the captain of the red army.
With a new team and skipper in place, Canadians will look to continue their good form in the Caribbean. The management is taking steps one by one in their mission to rebuild and develop the team.
Story Credits: Swapnil Thakare