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2020-02-26

Harsh Thaker Seeking To Solidify Status As Canadian Cricket’s Leading All-Rounder!

Fresh from his outstanding all-round performances with both bat and ball for Canada during last November’s St Kitts hosted Zone A matches of the 2019 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Championships, Harsh Thaker will be seeking similar returns in Malaysia in the weeks ahead. Thaker has been named as one of the fourteen cricketers who will represent Canada at the March 14-27 Malaysia hosted International Cricket Conference (ICC) Cricket World Cup Challenge League A.

Thaker’s ever-increasing status as one of Canada’s Senior Men’s teams leading all-rounders was further confirmed during the recent CWI Super50 Championships held in St Kitts last November. As a batsman he scored  223 runs from 8 innings, at a 31.85 average. Apart from the average chart-topping Nitish Kumar, Thaker was the only other Canadian batsman to score over two hundred runs and average above 30 during the Super50 Championships!

With the ball, Thaker’s performances were even more impressive. He was undoubtedly Canada’s best bowler at the Super50 Tournament, capturing the most wickets (10) from 43 overs bowled. His 18.90 average was also the lowest among all of Canada’s bowlers.

Thaker has listed his Super50 Man of the Match performance against the Combined Colleges & Campuses which helped Canada to secure a historic second Tournament match victory, the very first time a Canadian team had ever won two matches in a Caribbean Regional Tournament, as his very best 2019 cricket memory. He has also established being more consistent in producing outstanding performances with both bat and ball towards winning more matches for Canada as his primary cricketing objective for 2020. 

This year’s Malaysia 2020 ICC CWC Challenge League A will be the second leg of the three year 2019–2021 Tournament which forms part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualification process for the twelve teams that are ranked 21-32 in the ICC’s standings. The twelve teams have been split into two groups, with each group playing a six-team tournament on an annual basis. The top team in each group will advance to a 2022 play-off tournament

Canada’s 2020 Challenge League A opponents will be Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and the Tournament hosts Malaysia. The Canadians will be hoping to extend the position they secured as League leaders having suffered just one loss, to Singapore, during in the 2019 Tournament to head Group A with eight points.

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2020-02-18

Cricket Canada has announced the names of a strong fourteen member Men’s Senior Team Squad to participate in the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Challenge League A. The Tournament, which will be a part of the qualification process for the 2023 ICC Word Cup, will be held in Malaysia from March 14 – 27, 2020. Canada will play fifty 0vers matches against ICC Division A country teams representing Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and hosts Malaysia during the Tournament.

Canada’s 14 member ICC 2020 Challenge Cup Squad will be captained by its experienced opening batsman Navneet Dhaliwal (pictured). In 30 List A (fifty-overs) matches played to date in Canadian colours, Dhaliwal has scored 1027 runs at an impressive 39.50 average, with two centuries and five half centuries. Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Ravinderpal Singh, Harsh Thaker, Varun Sehdev and Srimantha Wijeyeratne, will provide batting support to Dhaliwal. 

Canada’s bowling attack will be centred around the front line spin of experienced campaigners Saad Bin Zafar, Nikhil Dutta, Salman Nazar and Shahid Ahmedzai. They will be ably supported by the part-time spin offerings of Nitish Kumar and Dhaliwal himself. Romesh Eranga and Faizal Jamkhandi are the only two seamers included in the squad, the wicket-keeping duties for which will be shared by Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Armaan Kapoor.

Experienced South African Amarinder Bhinder will be the Head Coach for the Canadian Squad, which will be managed by Carlos Ragoonath. Surendra Seeraj (Assistant Coach), Daulat Khan (Asst Coach/Analyst) and Tejash Patel (Physio) will be the other members of the Canadian Squad’s management team.

The full squad (in alphabetical order) with their respective roles is as follows:

Navneet Dhaliwal (RHB) (Capt), Shahid Ahmedzai (SLA), Nikhil Dutta (ROS), Romesh Eranga (LMF), Faizal Jamkhandi (RMF), Armaan Kapoor (WK/BAT), Abraash Khan (RHB), Nitish Kumar (RHB), Salman Nazar (SLA), Varun Sehdev (RHB), Ravinderpal Singh (RHB), Harsh Thaker (RHB), Srimantha Wijeyeratne(WK/BAT) and Saad Zafar (LHB).

Amarinder Bhinder (Head Coach), Carlos Ragoonath (Manager), Surendra Seeraj (Asst Coach), Daulat Khan (Asst Coach/Analyst), Tejash Patel (Physio)









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2020-02-15

Cricket Canada is seeking applications for positions of Managers and Assistant Managers for National Cricket Teams. Interested and qualified candidates can apply by forwarding current resume with a letter of intent to General Manager, Cricket Canada at email: ingletonliburd@cricketcanada.org  on or before March 15, 2020.

Position Summary:

Individual possesses knowledge and experience in sports team management has desire to work as liaison between coaching staff, players and Cricket Canada management in order to facilitate team’s travel logistics, maintains safe and professional conduct of all aspects of tour, aids & coordinates media days and above all acts as an event planner, public relations personnel for Cricket Canada while discharging his/her duties as manager. 

Duration of Position:

24 months (Extendable)

Remunerations: Per event/tour 

Minimum Requirements:

Communication skills

  • Proficiency in communication in official Canadian language; verbal and written
  • Presentation skills
  • Proficiency in electronic communication tools

Experience:

  • Management experience (Sport Management preferred)
  • Familiarity with sports culture and sporting events
  • First Aid Certification (preferred not mandatory)

Travel Requirements:

  • Eligible to travel anywhere in the world where Cricket Canada Teams tour
  • Flexible to travel with Cricket Canada Teams when tours are organized by Cricket Canada or ICC held cricket events

Note: Detailed responsibilities and expectations are to be circulated to successful candidates who are shortlisted for interview

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2020-02-10

Canada’s Akhil Kumar has been named as the 12th Man on the ICC’s 2020 U19 World Cup Team of the Tournament. The South Africa hosted three week long competition reached its climax on Sunday February 9, with Bangladesh U19 emerging victors over the previously heavy favored India. Bangladesh U19 won the rain affected final, chasing down India’s 177 to win by three wickets by the DLS method.

The official team of the tournament features representatives from six sides. It is skippered by Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali and includes India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal who was also adjudged to be the Player of the Tournament. An adjudication panel of five, which was comprised of commentators Ian Bishop, Rohan Gavaskar and Natalie Germanos, ESPN Cricinfo Correspondent Sreshth Shah and ICC Representative Mary Godbeer, selected both the Team and Player of the Tournament.

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Team Of The Tournament (in batting order):

Yashasvi Jaiswal - India
Ibrahim Zadran – Afghanistan
Ravindu Rasantha – Sri Lanka
Mahmudul Hasan Joy – Bangladesh
Shahadat Hossain – Bangladesh
Nyeem Young – West Indies
Akbar Ali – Bangladesh (WK, Captain)
Shafiqullah Ghafari – Afghanistan
Ravi Bishnoi – India
Kartik Tyagi – India
Jayden Seales – West Indies      
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th man: Akil Kumar – Canada

Kumar was the shining light in Canada’s campaign which resulted in a 13th place finish from among the 16 competing countries. Kumar captured 16 wickets at an average of 15.37 from the five matches he played during the Tournament at the end of which he was ranked as the third highest wicket-taker, just below Afghanistan’s Shafiqullah Ghafari who took the same number of wickets (16) at a much lower average (7.0).

India’s Ravi Bishnoi topped the standings as the Tournament’s Highest wicket-taker, capturing 17 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 10.64. Kumar’s figures of 6-46 in Canada’s Plate Championship victory over Japan were also the second best by a bowler in the entire Tournament, marginally behind Shafiquallah Ghafari’s return of 6-16 for Afghanistan in their match against Tournament hosts and eventual quarter finalists South Africa.

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2020-02-04

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2020-02-08

 A superb unbeaten 86 run seventh wicket partnership between unlikely batting heroes Harmjeet Singh Bedi 31 (59) not out and Udaybir Walia who remained undefeated on 51 (56), piloted Canada to a morale boosting 4 wicket win over the United Arab Emirates in their February 1 ICC U19 World Cup Plate Championship match. The win, only their second of the tournament, secured a thirteenth place finish in the sixteen team Tournament for the Canadians.

Having won the toss and sent the UAE in to bat, Canada’s bowlers led by Walia, ably assisted by the indomitable Akhil Kumar, bowled with superb control to restrict the UAE’s innings to 174 all out after 44.1 overs. Alishan Sharafu's 65 not out was the only score of note as the UAE batsmen fell to the bowling wiles of Walia 3-16 (3.1 overs) and Kumar (pictured) whose 3-37 (10) lifted his tournament wickets tally to a highly impressive 16.

Chasing 175 for victory in 50 available overs, at a very comfortable required run rate of 3.5 runs per over, Canada’s batsmen initially made hard work of the chase as wickets fell at fairly regular intervals. Akhil Kumar scored 37 and Nicholas Manohar followed up his century in Canada’s previous match against Japan with an aggressive 25 ball 20. At the start of the 25th over Canada was however perilously placed on 93-6, still needing another 81 runs for victory. Rishbabh Mukerjee’s offspin had proven to be particularly problematic for Canada’s batsmen accounting for four of the six wickets to fall. Mukerjee finished with the impressive figures of 4-62 (10) before Bedi and Walia came to Canada’s rescue with their heroic seventh run partnership to secure the morale boosting win for their team.

Summarized Scores:

UAE 174/10 (44.1 overs) A Sharafu 65 (73), KP Melyappan 25 (35), A Tandon 24 (48); U Walia 3-16 (3.1 overs), A Kumar 3-37 (10), G Gosal 2-36 (10).

Canada 179/6 (42.2 overs) U Walia 51 (56), H Bedi 31 (59) A Kumar 37 (60), R Mukherjee 4-62 (10)

Canada won by 4 wickets.

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