Please note that the Canada T20 Premier League Tournament, scheduled to be played 2-4 October in Niagara Falls, is not sanctioned by Cricket Canada. Any participants do so at their own risk, and without the formal approval of Cricket Canada
Ron Dipchand has been re-appointed chair of Cricket Canada's selection committee to serve an additional two-year term. British Columbia’s Barber Javed Sandhu and Ontario’s Surendra Seeraj, previously members of the committee also have been re-appointed.
They will be joined by new appointees Mukesh Narula (Ontario) and Navdeep Singh Sidhu of the Prairies, also for two year terms.
Cricket Canada’s Selection Policy requires all Committee Members to have played at a high level. In accordance with these requirements, all selectors boast outstanding and highly impressive credentials.
Chairman Ron Dipchand scored two centuries and eleven fifties during his eleven-year (1980-1990) career as a Canadian national team player. Prior to his immigration to Canada he had also played cricket at the national youth and first division levels in his native Guyana.
Mukesh Narula represented Baroda in India’s Ranji Trophy Cricket Tournament, scoring 2373 runs and taking 104 wickets during his twelve-year career. He also played for the West Zone in the BCCI organized Duleep and Deodhar Trophy Tournaments and later represented the Drummond Cricket Club during a five year (1992-1997) stint as a professional in Ireland.
Baber Javed Sandhu’s Pakistan national cricket career began in 1991 at age 17 when he presented the country’s Under 19 team. Baber was again selected the following year and was appointed as Vice captain. His first-class career began in 1990 when he was selected to play for Lahore Division and Pakistan Railways. That gave him the opportunity to play amongst some of the greats of Pakistan cricket such as Saqlain Mushtaq, Aaqib Javed, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
Navdeep Sigh Sidhu represented Punjab in India’s Ranji and Vijay Hazare Trophy Tournaments during a three year period from 2010 – 2014, prior to which he had played college cricket as a member of the Guru Nanak Dev University team. Navdeep’s player resume also boasts appearances for the Stirling County Cricket Club Division Two team in Scotland and in 2016 for the Avondale Heights Cricket Club in Melbourne, Australia
Surendra Seraj’s 1991 record of 7 dismissals as wicket-keeper for Canada's U19 team is yet to be surpassed at that level. As an outstanding wicket-keeper Surendra was also a regular member of Canada’s Senior Men’s Team from 1994 – 1996.
The Selection Committee’s principal role is to select teams to represent Canada that will maximize Canada’s chances of winning international matches and series and guarantee the long-term success of Canadian cricket. The Selection Committee also recommends players for consideration for High Performance and Academy development programmes.
Cricket Canada’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Durriya Shabbir as Women’s Coordinator. Ms. Shabbir was chosen from the pool of applicants for the position that was created by the Board this past July. Her appointment will last until Cricket Canada’s next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in 2021.
Ms. Shabbir will be directly responsible for growing all aspects of female cricket in Canada through further promotion, the engagement of provincial associations and clubs, as well as the development of gender specific programmes aimed at increasing the numbers of active women’s players, coaches and officials. In fulfillment of her duties Ms. Shabbir will attend Cricket Canada Board meetings, convene and chair a Women’s Cricket Committee and will also serve on other appropriate committees to represent the interests of women’s cricket.
Born in Madras, India, Durriya Shabbir competed at National, Zone (South Zone), State (Tamil Nadu Seniors, Juniors, and Sub-Juniors), and University (University of Madras) levels, with consistent performances as an opening bowler and middle order bat. Following her immigration she later represented Canada. She played a key role in Canada's qualification during the 2013 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier after scoring 153 runs in the ICC Americas Qualifier tournament. After her retirement from the international arena, Durriya continued her active participation in domestic cricket for several years as a player in the Scarborough Cricket Association’s (SCA) Women’s League. As an administrator Durriya initiated and launched Cricket Council of Ontario’s Women’s Program by organizing the formation of the first Ontario Women’s Team. Durriya also co-created the July 2018 Canada Day Women’s Cup Tournament to provide a national stage for women cricketers in order to resurrect women’s cricket in all provinces and break down barriers hindering the growth of the game. She also served as the manager for the Canadian Women’s team’s participation in the 2019 ICC America’s Cup.
Commenting on the appointment, Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa has expressed his and the Board of Directors absolute confidence that Durriya Shabbir’s outstanding experience, as a former Canadian National player, in addition to her years of active involvement in all aspects of Canadian cricket will allow her to successfully fulfill all the responsibilities of the position.
The Maritime T20 inter-provincial tournament took place August 28-30 in Prince Edward Island. PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick competed, each playing the other twice, leading to Sunday's final. Follow the tournament on CricClubs, and games are being streamed live on Cricket Nova Scotia's Youtube channel. In the first day of the tournament PEI beat New Brunswick in the opener, but then lost to Nova Scotia, who beat New Brunswick in the day's final match. Saturday saw Nova Scotia upset by New Brunswick, who also beat PEI. Nova Scotia's win over PEI set up the final.
Nova Scotia thus played New Brunswick in the final and won by 5 wickets. Nandu Vishnu of Nova Scotia was the top run-scorer, with two half-centuries, and Kiran Kumar Ageteela, again of Nova scotia topped the wicket-takers with 8.
The matches were all competitive and highlighted the progressive improvement of cricket in the Maritimes.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the postponement of the second event of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The second of three Challenge League A events which form part of the pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 was rescheduled from March and was due to take place between 30 September and 10 October in Malaysia.
As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process across all ICC events and after consultation with Members and with the relevant government and public health authorities, the decision has been taken to postpone the fixtures.
Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu were due to play 15 List A matches aiming to gain points and places in the Challenge League A table. Canada currently top the table ahead of Singapore on net run rate, with both teams on eight points. At the completion of the Challenge League A fixtures, the top team will qualify for the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off. For more information on qualifying for the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 click here.
ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have decided to postpone the second series of the ICC Men’s CWC Challenge League A that was due to take place in Malaysia next month. The ICC’s priority continues to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community. As a result of this we have fully assessed the situation in partnership with the Malaysia Cricket Association and participating Members with ongoing international travel restrictions, global health concerns still prominent and on government and public health authority advice in relation to COVID-19 we have decided to postpone the event.
“With the additional time giving to us due to the rescheduling of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to October and November of 2023, we will now work with hosts and participating Members to find an appropriate window where the qualification pathway fixtures can be safely and practically rescheduled.”
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