Cricket Canada has announced the appointment of its two Development Officers. Keith Deonarine has been appointed as Cricket Development Officer with responsibilities for Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Kulbir Jaswal will hold identical Cricket Development Officer responsibilities for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The respective appointments were made towards the execution of Cricket Canada’s mandate to significantly increase both the levels of participation and popularity of Canadian cricket. The primary focus of the Cricket Development Officer’s role will be on significantly increasing male and female participation, while ensuring that there is a solid pathway to the further nurturing of identified talented players.
The key responsibilities for the two Development Officer Positions are:
- To increase the number of regular junior cricketers in Canada through sustainable growth of the current Cricket Canada Kids Program
. - Increase the number of females involved in cricket programs and playing in organized competitions.
- Assist Cricket Canada’s General Manager with other domestic development initiatives and competitions.
- Develop partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure the sustainability and growth of grassroots programs.
Keith Deonarine’s involvement with Canadian cricket has been outstanding. He represented Canada at the U19 and U23 levels and was the 1992 recipient of the prestigious EMU Award as the country’s most outstanding Junior Cricketer. Deonarine has also served as a Manitoba Development Coach and was directly responsible for introducing cricket to many elementary, middle and high school students within the Province. He has also served (2010-2012) as Canadian National men’s Cricket Team Selector and as Cricket Canada’s Performance Analyst (2012-2016).
Kulbir Jaswal’s Canadian cricket involvement is equally impressive. As a certified Cricket West Indies Level 3 Coach, Jaswal has fulfilled several National and Provincial Coach roles,. Most recently he was the Assistant Coach for the Canadian team’s participation in the 2019 South Africa hosted ICC u19 World Cup, He also served as the Head Coach of the Canadian National Team at the 2018 West Indies Regional U19 Tournament. He was also the Canadian Team Analyst for the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup.
Cricket Canada is reaching the end of its 2018-20 Strategic Plan, and sought input into a new plan to take the organization forward. The existing plan can be viewed here
Thanks to all those who completed the survey, and a summary of the results has been e-mailed directly to all those who responded. The feedback will be analysed and potential vision and mission statements, values and strategic priorities prepared.Further in depth consultation will take place with selected individuals with specialist knowledge of planning, associate cricket and Cricket Canada.
The Cricket Canada board in October approved a revision to the Cricket Canada Sanction policy (originally approved in 2015). The main change was to clarify that any event or tournament run by private individuals or organizations needs to apply for sanction to Cricket Canada. Cricket Canada has the option to delegate sanction authority to the provincial member in which the event or tournament is being played. Small scale, local tournaments will likely be delegated to provincial members to sanction, but any event involving players from more than one province or country likely will need Cricket Canada sanction.
The policy outlines the process of applying for Cricket Canada sanction; this process is designed to allow Cricket Canada to perform its due diligence in ensuring that the tournament conforms to International Cricket Council requirements for “Approved Cricket”. The International Cricket Council requires national bodies to ensure that any event within its jurisdiction complies with their standards, designed to protect the game and its participants.
Cricket Canada is pleased to see the increasing number of opportunities for players to develop and show their skills in a competitive environment, and the policy is not designed to discourage organizations and individuals from holding such events. Those planning such tournaments should be aware, however, that due to the work required in order to conform with ICC guidelines, sanction may take some time to obtain, and organizers should apply well ahead of the planned event.
Events that unsuccessfully apply for sanction may fall under the ICC designation of “Disapproved Cricket”. Players, officials and clubs who take part in disapproved cricket events may face disciplinary action from Cricket Canada. Tournaments or events that fall under this classification and do not apply for sanction also risk being considered “Disapproved Cricket”, and participants run the risk of disciplinary action.
Cricket Canada is the official governing body for the sport of cricket in Canada. It is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the International Cricket Council, the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.