Cricket Canada concluded its CricketFest on the Labour Day weekend, where four teams battled out over round robin T20 games. Cricket is on a rise in the country and tournaments like this only help further growth of the sport.
Nikhil Dutta, mystery leggie and a regular feature in the Canada’s senior team said,” I felt it was a great tournament for the development. It helped expose some new talent in Canadian cricket.”
The four teams which competed against each in the round robin were Canada Men’s senior team, Canada A, Toronto Bears and West Indies B team. Canada A had players from the Cricket Canada’s HP development program.
Abraash Khan was the pick of the players from the A team. His quick-fire 94 against the Toronto bears shows the kind of bench strength we have and an exciting future Cricket has in Canada.
Ranjit Saini, president of Cricket Canada while speaking about benefit of this tournament said, “We wanted a tournament like this where Canadian players get a chance to play at the highest level and get the exposure they need. They can showcase their talent and skills on this platform. Tournaments like these are not only beneficial for players but also for selectors. They can find the budding cricketers who have got that x-factor which is required to represent the country.”
Canada is a multicultural country and players from different countries are our biggest strength. They bring their unique quality with them.
The warrior of final, Navneet Dhaliwal who impressed everyone with his all-round performance said, “It was an overwhelming experience. Such tournaments should be organized more often to encourage youngsters towards sport. Such performances and show our players are ready to play against quality opponents and in bigger platforms.”
This was just one of the steps Cricket Canada plans to take towards raising the profile of cricket in the country, with Global T20 earlier this year making 2018 a memorable summer of cricket for its fans.