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