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2021-02-11

On Sunday, February 7, hours before the start of this years Super Bowl 55, in thousands of cricket loving households all across Canada, individuals were glued to their television screens. Their individual and combined attentions were riveted on the exploits of their fellow Canadian Nitish Kumar, who was representing the Leewards Hurricanes against the Windwards Volcanoes in the opening fixture of the Cricket West Indies hosted 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament, being played at the Coolidge Cricket Center in St Johns Antigua.

As the only Canadian involved in the Tournament, indeed its only non West Indian player, Kumar carried the interests of all of his Canadian supporters when he strode to the crease with the Leeward Hurricanes score on 51/2 off 8.6 overs in pursuit of the 285 run victory target that had been set by the Windwards Volcanoes. He did not disappoint, proceeding instead to fashion an innings that was subsequently described during the post match presentation ceremony by the Windwards Volcanoes captain, West Indies One Day International player, Sunil Ambris as one of the very best he has ever seen in Caribbean regional limited overs cricket.

Displaying his extensive repertoire of shots Kumar stroked his way to  112, made off just 106 balls that included nine majestic fours and two imperial sixes. It was as the West Indies fast bowling great Sir Curtly Ambrose described, an innings of superb class and outstanding pedigree. It was, however, part of a losing cause as the Leewards Hurricanes were eventually dismissed for 253 off 47.2 overs 31 runs short of the required victory target. Kumar was also, somewhat surprisingly, not chosen as the Man of the Match, losing out in that respect to the Windwards Volcanoes Kevin Stoute, who scored 86 off 96 balls with eight fours and one six as part of his teams match winning total of 284.

Kumar's social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were immediately flooded with congratulatory messages from supporters across Canada following his outstanding innings. Several Cricket Canada Board Members including President Rashpal Bajwa, Directors Mohammed Shaikh and Ranjit Chaudhri, General Manager Ingleton Liburd as well as Brampton & Etobicoke League President Praim Persaud were among those sending congratulatory messages to Kumar.

Kumar's Leewards Hurricanes 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 century is his fourth in List A matches, Since making his One Day International debut in 2011 and becoming the second youngest ever ODI player, as a right-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Canada born Kumar has become one of Canadas leading batting all-rounders and a regular member of Canadian National cricket teams. His most recent appearances for Canada were as a member of the Canadian squad for the 201920 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament. He was again Canadas  leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 265 runs in eight matches.

The Leeward Hurricanes remaining 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Preliminary Round matches will be on Feb 10 vs Barbados Pride; Feb 13 vs Guyana Jaguars; Feb 17 vs T&T Red Force and Feb 19 vs Jamaica Scorpions.

Update 10 February:

Canada’s Nitish Kumar followed his superb 2021 Caribbean Super50 opening match century with a solid 41, as the Leeward Hurricanes led by Keacy Carty’s superb unbeaten century and a belligerent Hayden Walsh Jnr cameo, secured a sensational four wicket final over win against the Barbados Pride. Carty, produced a memorable knock of 123 not out. He hit nine fours and three sixes, to record his maiden List A hundred on a good pitch at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. He won the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match award.

Chasing the daunting victory target of 302 to win at a required rate of 6 runs per over, the Hurricanes lost both its opening batsmen by the thirteenth  over with only 62 runs on the board. Kumar and Carty, however, combined for a 98 run third wicket partnership which steadied the innings and provided a perfect platform for the match-winning fireworks that were to follow.

Having gracefully stroked his way to 41 off 48 balls with two fours, Kumar attempted an injudicious reverse sweep to an Ashley Nurse delivery, missed completely and was struck plumb in front to be adjudged lbw. It was a most disappointing end to an innings that had promised much and which had even seemed headed toward a second successive century.

In the final stages with an asking rate of close to 14 runs per over Hayden Walsh smashed an explosive 9 ball  28, which included three massive sixes in one over. His belligerent cameo provided the impetus for the undaunted Casey to eventually see the Hurricanes home.

The Barbados Trident’s 302 had been structured around Shamar Brooks 96 off 88 balls and Jonathan Carter’s 91 ball 58. The two featured in an 160 run partnership for the third wicket that provided the backbone Pride’s eventually insufficient total of 301.

Full Scorecard: https://www.windiescricket.com/matches/206981/#scorecard

The win gave the Leewards Hurricanes its first two points of the tournament and a third place on the points table behind the Jaguars and Windwards Hurricanes, while the Pride were left floundering in last place with zero points having lost both of its matches played to date. The tournaments two other competing teams. Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad Red Force were set to play each other on Thursday February 10.

Kumar will be hoping for much improved performances in the Leeward Hurricanes three remaining Preliminary Round matches. The Hurricanes will face the Guyana Jaguars on Feb 13; T&T Red Force on Feb 17 and the F Jamaica Scorpions on Feb 19.

Photo credit: Windies Cricket

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2021-01-28

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2021-01-27

Canada’s outstanding  all-rounder Nitish Kumar has been included in the Leeward Islands Hurricanes final 15 member squad for the 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Championships. The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will be one of six Caribbean territory franchises competing in s in the 2021 edition of the annual Cricket West Indies fifty-over tournament. The Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, and the Windward Islands Volcanoes will be the other five competing franchises for the February 7-27, 2021 Tournament which will be played in Antigua.

The Canada born Kumar’s selection to the Leewards Hurricanes 2021 Super50 Squad follows his participation in the franchise’s pre-tournament training camp that was held in Antigua earlier this month. He is the only non Caribbean based player to be selected to any of the squads that will be competing in the 2021 Super50 Championships.

The Leewards Hurricanes will clash with the Windwards Volcanoes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, for the Sunday, February 7 opening match of the 2021 CG Insurance Super50 Cup. A total of 19 matches will be played in the 50 Over Tournament which is scheduled to conclude on February 27.

The six competing teams will play each other on a round-robin basis with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals and the opportunity to reach the grand final. Matches will be played at Antigua’s two international cricket venues - the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) and the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS). There will be 13 matches at CCG including the semi-finals and final, and six matches at SVRS.

The Leeward Hurricanes 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Preliminary Round matches will be on Feb. 7 vs Windward Volcanoes; Feb 10 vs Barbados Pride; Feb 13 vs Guyana Jaguars; Feb 17 vs T&T Red Force and Feb 19 vs Jamaica Scorpions.

Since making his One Day International debut in 2011 and becoming the second youngest ever ODI player, as a right-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Canada born Nitish Kumar has become one of Canada’s leading batting all-rounders and a regular member of Canadian National cricket teams. His most recent appearances for Canada were as a member of the . Canadian squad for the 2019–20 Caribbean Regional Super50 Tournament. He was again Canada’s  leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 265 runs in eight matches.

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2021-01-20

Note that all dates should be considered tentative, based on the evolving impact of the global pandemic. All Canadian based events are dependent on obtaining permission from Federal and Provincial health authorities.  Most events are still in the planning stages, with grounds and venues to be determined


DateVenueEvent
May 7 - 9VancouverWomen’s Western T20
June 4-6OntarioMen’s Central T20
June 4-6VancouverMen’s Western T20
June 4-6OntarioWomen’s Central/ Eastern T20
June 4-6New BrunswickMen’s Eastern T20 (date tentative, may be moved to July)
June 10 -13OntarioMen’s National Championship
June 10-13OntarioWomen’s National Championship
July 11-17OntarioCanada Cup U18
July 15 – 24OntarioICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier; Argentina,   Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Panama, USA
June 24 –July 11BramptonGlobal T20 Canada
August 15 – 28Canada (location TBD)ICC Men’s CWC Challenge League; Canada, Denmark, Malaysia,   Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu
August 18 - 25 USAICC Under 19 Men’s World Cup qualifier - Canada, USA,   Bermuda,  Argentina
Sept 1 – 7Canada (Location TBD)CC Cricket Festival/Auty Cup
September 11 -18USAICC Americas Women’s T20 WC qualifier: Argentina, Brazil,   Canada, USA


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2021-01-20

Cricket Canada has announced the appointment of a three member panel for the selection of its National Women’s teams. The panel will be comprised of two selectors from Ontario: Fowzieh Yaqubien and Suthershini (Sutha) Sivanantham, as well as one: Kim Coulter, from British Columbia. Ontario’s Fowzieh Yaqubian will serve as the Committee’s Chairperson.The appointments follow Cricket Canada’s 2020 amendment of its Player Selection Policy to incorporate the establishment of a dedicated Women's Selection Committee. The amendments were made as another significant step towards establishing an independent structure and emphasizing the focus on growing the women's game.  

Nominations were invited from Provincial Cricket Boards and Cricket Canada's Women's Committee. The prerequisites for the selectors were that they should have played at the highest level for Cricket Canada or a full member of the ICC. Upon review of the recommendations the Board approved the Fowzieh Yaqubian led three member panel to serve as Cricket Canada's new National Women's Selection Committee for a period of two years.

Having represented India in 8 Tests and 13 ODI's including two World Cups in 1977 and 1982, Fowzieh Yaqubian, is amongst the pioneers of Women’s international cricket. She was instrumental in India’s first ODI win against England represented by Rachel Heyhoe Flint and Enid Bakewell among others, scoring 88 and taking five victims behind the stumps. She holds the record for effecting the most dismissals as wicket-keeper in a single Women's Cricket World Cup for the 1982 Tournament with 20 dismissals in 10 innings.

Suthershini (Sutha) Sivanantham made her international debut playing for the very first Sri Lankan women's team in Nov 1997. She captained Sri Lanka from 2002-2003 recording 6-0 victories against Pakistan and West Indies. Her 5 for 2 haul against Pakistan still remains the most economical fiver in women's ODI history. She led Canada in their T20I series against USA in July 2010, which Canada won 2-0.

A trailblazer in her own right, Kim Coulter started playing cricket when she moved to Canada in 2001.She debuted for Canada in 2006 opening the batting against Bermuda and in her third international game she scored 58. She was part of the Canadian team that defended the America's Championship in 2009 and 2012 and participated in the ICC Global World Cup Qualifier in 2013.

Cricket Canada’s President Rashpal Bajwa has expressed his Board’s delight over the appointments.

“The establishment of such an impressively qualified National Selection Panel is a most exciting development for Canadian Women’s cricket. Foremost among the eagerly anticipated beneficial outcomes will be the Panel’s continuous identification of sufficiently talented players as candidates for selection to Canadian national teams in the immediate future. This will in turn serve to further boost the already growing levels of involvement in women’s cricket, by increasing awareness of the opportunities the sport offers for individuals to represent Canada at the highest levels of international competition. On behalf of ourselves and the entire Canadian cricket community we wish the Panel’s members every success in the fulfillment of their collective and individual duties.”

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2021-01-12

Canada’s outstanding cricket all-rounder Nitish Kumar has been invited by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes to participate in the Franchise’s Training Camp in preparation for its involvement in the forthcoming 2021 Caribbean Regional Super50 Championships. The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will be one of six Caribbean territory franchises competing in the Cricket West Indies in the 2021 edition of the annual cricket West Indies fifty-over tournament. Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the Windward Islands will be the other five competing franchises for the February 7-27, 2021 Tournament which will be played in Antigua.

Nitish Kumar is the only Canadian to have received an invitation from any of the competing Caribbean Regional 2021 Super50 franchises to participate in their scheduled Training Camps. His participation in the Leeward Islands Hurricane’s Antigua based Camp means that he will eligible for selection to the final 15 member of roster of players who will represent the franchise at the 2021 Championships.

As a right-handed batsman and right-arm off spinner, Canadian born Nitish Kumar created history in 2011 by making his One Day International debut and becoming the second youngest ever ODI player. His participation in the ICC 2011 World Cup also made him the then youngest player to ever feature in the Tournament. Kumar made his Canadian T20 International debut in 2012 and has since then become one of Canada’s leading batting all-rounders and a regular member of Canadian National cricket teams. Kumar’s October 2016 Canada National Men’s cricket team captaincy appointment, at the age of 22, made him one of the youngest ever to hold that position. 

Nitish Kumar’s outstanding exploits as a Canadian cricketer have continued in recent years. In January 2018, Kumar was named as the captain of Canada's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament. On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament. In September 2018, he was named as the captain of Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier tournament. He was the leading wicket-taker for Canada in the tournament, with eleven dismissals in six matches. 

In October 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies. In April 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Brampton Wolves in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. In August 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier tournament. In September 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 Malaysia Cricket World Cup Challenge League A tournament. In October 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates. He was the leading run-scorer for Canada in the tournament, with 245 runs in six matches. Following the T20 World Cup, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019–20 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies. He was again the leading run-scorer for Canada in the tournament, with 265 runs in eight matches

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