The Calgary and District Cricket League is sad to announce the passing of former cricketer and coach Surrendra Bhandari. Surrendra represented both Kenya and Canada in the 1970's, touring England with the Canadian team where he led the team batting averages.
He was a fixture on the city team and enjoyed playing for South Calgary and then later St. John's Cricket Club. He would return to play first for Titan CC,\\on their tours of the UK, and then for Glenmore CC where he would finally retire from the game.
Off the pitch, Surrendra was an enthusiastic coach of the Calgary and Alberta junior squads, lending his expertise to bring up a generation of cricketers and administrators that would have impacts on the game at the national level. Surrendra is survived by his loving wife, 3 children, and his numerous grandchildren. His contributions to the game in Canada will long be appreciated
Canada’s National Squad For The Antigua Hosted November 7-15, ICC 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Announced!\r\n\r\nCricket Canada has announced the Canadian National Squad to participate in the ICC 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier to be held in Antigua from November 7 - 15, 2021. The fourteen member squad is as follows: \r\n\r\nNavneet Dhaliwal (Captain), Dilon Heyliger, Jatinderpal Matharu, Shreyas Movva, Salman Nazar, Rayyankhan Pathan, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui, Kaleem Sana, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq, Harsh Thaker, Saad Zafar and Aaditya Varadharajan.\r\n\r\nThe squad will be accompanied by six officials: Carlos Ragoonath – Manager, Amarinder Bhinder – Coach, two Assistant Coaches Khuram Chohan and Daulat Khan, Ankur Sharma – Physio and Dinesh Mahabir – Analyst. \r\n\r\nArgentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Panama and the USA will be the other seven teams participating in the Antigua hosted seven day tournament which will be played in a round-robin format. The tournament’s top two teams will progress into the two eight-team global qualifiers for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be played in Australia next November.\r\n\r\nThe selected Canadian Squad includes the exciting all-rounder Rayyan Pathan who recently participated as an overseas player in Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League. Pathan also recorded a highest score of 46 and also captured 8 wickets with his medium-pace bowling during the St Kitts hosted 2019 Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Life Super50 Tournament.\r\n\r\nThe fourteen members Canadian Squad along with its six accompanying officials will depart for Antigua on Sunday October 31, 2021. \r\n\r\n\r\nPhoto Caption: Rayyan Pathan\r\n....
Canada’s Divya Saxena Voted 2022 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier Tournament MVP!
Canada’s Divya Saxena was voted Tournament MVP at the conclusion of the October 18-25, Mexico hosted ICC Women’s 2022 T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier. Saxena, who also emerged as the Tournament’s Best Batter, won the prestigious award on the basis of her outstanding all-round performances in Canada’s six matches played.
Saxena scored 180 runs from six innings batted during the tournament at an average of 60.00. She was undefeated in three of her six innings which included a 70 not out in Canada’s opening match against Argentina, as the tournament’s highest individual score. Saxena also captured two wickets with her right arm slow medium bowling and held as many catches as well.
Argentina, Brazil and the USA were the other participating teams for the Mexico hosted seven day tournament. The Canadians finished the tournament with a 3-3 win/loss record. The Canadians’ three wins included a historic and exciting October 24 seven run victory over their neighboring arch-rivals and eventual tournament champions the USA. The victory marked the first time a Canadian National Women’s team had defeated its American rivals in over ten years. The victory also reversed the result of the two team’s first round encounter which the US had won comfortably by 10 wickets with 55 balls to spare.
Canada also suffered very close, nail-biting defeats in both of its matches against the eventual tournament runners-up Brazil. On October 21, having been sent in to bat by Brazil on a bowler friendly pitch, Canada was dismissed for a paltry 47 in 19.5 overs. Canada’s bowlers, however, made a valiant effort to snatch an improbable victory before the Brazilians eventually triumphed by reaching their target for the loss of five wickets with eleven balls to spare.
Canada’s October 25, second round encounter with Brazil, both teams’ final match of the tournament, was an even bigger nail biter. Having sent the Brazilians to bat, the Canadians bowled brilliantly to restrict the Samba Queens to a paltry 47/7 in the 17 overs that were allowed after overnight rains had delayed the match from starting by over an hour.
Needing just 48 to win, the Canadians were setback by the early losses of their top two batters, Divya Saxena and Miriam Khokar, within the first three overs and with the score on only 10. They eventually recovered, however, to get within just three runs of their target at the start of the 16th and final over with the score on 46/5. The Canadians then incredibly lost their remaining wickets of the last five balls of the match, two via the run out route and the remaining three to a hat trick from Brazil’s Laura Cardoso the tournament’s best bowler and leading wicket-taker to eventually fall short by just two runs.
Canada’s other two tournament wins were both against fourth placed Argentina. The Argentineans failed to secure a win from any of their six matches played.
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