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2021-04-08

The ICC has decided to reschedule World Challenge League matches. Their statement is provided below:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that the two remaining series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A have been rescheduled due to COVID-19.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A, which forms part of the qualifying pathway to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, was scheduled to see the remaining 30 List A matches played in the final two series of the competition.

Canada, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Vanuatu were due to play the second series in Canada between 15 and 28 August 2021 and the third series in Malaysia in 2022. The Malaysia event has been brought forward to November/December 2021 and the Canada series pushed back to July/August 2022.

The decision to reschedule both series was taken due to ongoing restrictions and suspension of sporting activities as part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning of COVID-19. Following extensive consultation with Members, relevant government and public health authorities, it was decided the best opportunity for countries to host and for qualification to be determined on the field of play was to reschedule.

Canada currently lead Singapore on net run rate with both teams on eight points in the standings. The top team at the culmination of the competition will secure one of the six places in the Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-Off to be held in 2023, alongside the table topper in Challenge League B and the bottom four teams in the Men’s CWC League 2.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “We have been actively working on contingency planning with participating Members across all ICC World Cup pathways and as a result have rescheduled two more events.

“The two Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League A series have been moved to provide Members with the best possible chance of hosting in line with current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions within their country. Our collective aim is to give all ICC pathway events the best possible chance of being played and for qualification to be determined on the field of play.

“We will continue to monitor and assess all events across our pathway structures with the ICC’s priority continuing to be to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials and fans.”


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2021-04-07

This year’s Global T20 (GT20) Canada will be played in Malaysia between June – July, 2021. With the travel and health restrictions currently in place, there was considerable uncertainty as to whether this year’s tournament could be held in Canada in June –July as scheduled, hence the decision to have it moved to Malaysia. The tournament will return to Canada next year for its 2022 4th Season.

Commenting on the decision to have Malaysia host the 2021 Gt20 3rd Season, which was made jointly by Cricket Canada, the Malaysian Cricket Association and the Tournament’s owners Bombay Sports, Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa said: “Cricketers and fans of cricket within Canada will naturally be disappointed that this year’s third edition of our world class Gt20 tournament cannot be held in Canada due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and the Canadian health guidelines. Cricket Canada, however, understands and fully supports our health authorities. We are also very positive in looking forward to hosting the tournament in Canada, once the pandemic is sufficiently ended and the safety of all concerned can be assured. In the interim we are now very excited to share with all Canadians and cricket lovers across the world that our good friends at the Malaysian Cricket Association have stepped up to help us host this year’s GT20 Season 3 in Malaysia with the necessary local health approvals. We are looking forward to a very exciting Third edition of GT20 Canada in Malaysia!”

Owned and managed by Bombay Sports Co, Ltd. GT20 is currently North America’s only annual professional tournament. The GT20 League features six teams each composed of ten international cricketers from ICC full and associate member nations and including two world renowned marquee players. Each of the six participating 2021 GT20 teams will also include three Canadian national team members and an identical number of Canadian emerging cricketers. There will also be one Malaysian national player on each team. 

The Malaysia hosted 2021 GT20 3rd Season will consist of twenty-two matches played over eighteen days. All twenty-two matches will be played at the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur.

GT20’s first two Seasons played in Toronto during the 2018 and 2019 summer months attracted some of global cricket’s very best T20 players. Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh. Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, David Warner, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum, Thisara Perera, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine were among the many world renowned T20 players who participated in GT20’s first two seasons.

With an estimated global fan base of well over 1 billion, cricket is one of the world’s most popular and multicultural sports. As one of its annual world class tournaments, GT20 has to date enjoyed unprecedented global reach. GT20’s 2021 Season 3  will certainly receive an electrifying welcome from cricket fans all over the world.

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2021-03-31

March 2021 

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2021-03-09

Cricket Canada and USA Cricket are delighted to announce joint plans for the return of the annual Auty Cup, the longest running international sports rivalry in the world. Canada will host the USA in a 50 Overs series to be played this coming summer.

Pending final approval of the Canadian health authorities the 2021 Auty Cup will be played in Canada from July 26-30 at a venue to be determined later. The Auty Cup series will be played directly after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, which Canada is hosting from July 17-23, 2021.

Reputed to be the first and longest running international sporting fixture of any type, the K.A. Auty Cup Trophy is an international cricket series played between Canada and the United States, hosted alternately by Cricket Canada and USA Cricket. After a 17 year gap the Auty Cup returned in 2011 and has been played across a variety of formats.

The Auty Cup series will serve as ideal preparation for Canada and the USA in the 50 Overs format with both countries having had no international cricket for more than 12 months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Canada will be preparing for their ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League series in August 2021, while USA will be preparing for their ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series in the same month.

Cricket Canada President Rashpal Bajwa, said, “After an incredibly difficult 12 months or so for all cricketing nations, we are very pleased to be able to have a strong summer of cricket to look forward to in 2021. We are looking forward to renewing rivalries in the Auty Cup and host our neighbours in USA Cricket directly after the T20 World Cup Qualifier this summer. ”    

The newly re-appointed USA Cricket Chairman, Paraag Marathe, said, “We would like to thank our friends at Cricket Canada for hosting the return of the Auty Cup in 2021. The deep history and heritage of cricket across North America is something we both hold very dearly and we are excited to have been able to find a window to reinstate our local and historic rivalry for the Auty Cup.”

Cricket Canada and USA Cricket also explained that further discussions were ongoing about the prospect of extending the USA vs Canada rivalry to also include regular fixtures between the respective Women’s and Youth teams in 2021 and beyond.    

ABOUT THE AUTY CUP

The first Auty Cup Trophy match was a two-day match held from the 25–27 September 1844 at St George's Cricket Club in Manhattan, New York as the first ever international sports fixture between any two countries. Largely as a result of this match, the first Canadian Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, declared cricket Canada’s first official sport in 1867.

The trophy was donated by Karl André Auty of Chicago, Illinois. The original trophy was retired in 1963 to honor the memory of K. A. Auty and re-dedicated 20 years later in Calgary, on 19 November 1983.


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2021-02-28

Nitish Kumar's Caribbean exploits lead the features in February's Wickets


February 2021 


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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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