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NIKHIL DUTTA

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2020-04-30

When Nikhil Dutta captured the prized wicket of host country Namibia’s Gerhard Erasmus for Canada during their 2018 ICC Division 2 Championship clash he set off on a celebratory run that attracted world wide attention because of its similarity to the customary wicket taking celebrations of South Africa’s Imran Tahir. For his part, Dutta has since self-consciously described that celebratory run as his most embarrassing moment in an otherwise outstanding Canadian cricket career for which he has deservedly become known as Canada’s mystery spinner!

Nikhil Dutta’s interest in cricket was first developed between the ages of 7-8. His earliest memories of being actively involved in cricket are of playing with his father in their family home’s hallway and living room. No doubt to the consternation of the family matriarch, his mother. From there the natural next step was Nikhil’s enrolment in his first-ever Academy as a means towards helping his game grow further. Nikhil credits his father as being the biggest influence on his development, throughout those early years, “he got me into the game and the techniques and knowledge that he passed onto me really helped my game to grow. He also took me to practice every day after school. We would either be doing throw downs or spot bowling just to continue to develop my game! I am still currently utilizing some of the drills he initially thought me at the Soff Academy.”

Wisely, towards the further development of his career, Nikhil also looked to already famous and well established international cricketers as sources of worthy admiration and emulation. Not surprisingly the Indian Premier League famous Trinidadian and West Indian mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, readily emerged as a primary target for Nikhil’s admiration. “Just because his bowling is so very different to that of others and I find his demeanour to be absolutely amazing. He doesn’t get fazed by any situation he finds himself in, which for T20 cricket is a very tough art to master.”

Nikhil also readily admits, however, to his admiration for Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who he credits as having changed the way spinners should be bowling in contemporary cricket. With regards to batting, Nikhil has also enjoyed the exploits of Jaques Kallis , Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle as being foremost among those who have successfully imposed their own respective identities and personas on the cricket field through their unique styles of batsmanship.

As is indicated on the rather impressive  timeline to the development of his cricket career, Nikhil Dutta first played his schoolboy/junior cricket at the Ontario Cricket Academy, which was the first club he joined and represented. From those early beginnings, his career has since evolved in a manner which has allowed him to become more mature, with an ever-increasing fundamental understanding as to the exact nature of his own game.

Towards that end the continuous evening practices he did with his father, along with his growing appreciation of the need to be different from other cricketers really helped. Nikhil now believes that as a cricketer you should always try different things as no one actually knows what really works for them except through the process of repeated trial and error. Once discovered, however, their special talent(s) can really provide an extra edge to their own personal game.

It was only after he’d been called to the national try-outs at King City that Nikhil first began to seriously harbour thoughts of actually playing for Canada someday; although he would suggest that it should naturally be every Canadian cricketer’s fundamental ambition. “It’s a totally different feeling though when you actually step on the field for the first time knowing you are representing your country!”

For Nikhil Dutta, that “totally different feeling” was actually first experienced on March 11, 2013 in Dubai, when he made his List A debut for Canada in a losing ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Kenya. Dutta did not get a chance to bat when Canada took first strike and only bowled 6 wicketless overs for 30 runs during his team’s turn at fielding.

Since that somewhat inauspicious beginning, Nikhil Dutta has gone on to record many outstanding achievements as “Canada’s Mystery Spinner” Of these arguably his best performance to date in Canadian colours was his 3-11 (3.4 overs) that piloted Canada to a resounding 8 wicket victory over Oman during the ICC 2018 Division 2 Championships that were being played in Namibia.

He now also rates having played at the U19 World Cup and defeating Ireland as a Test playing nation during the most recent T20 Qualifiers as his most memorable cricketing moments thus far. He firmly believes though that his own  proudest moment for Canada is still yet to come. He also remains hopeful that someday very soon Team Canada will actually demonstrate to the entire cricket world what it is really made of.

In that regard, Nikhil views the far too many disappointments that Team Canada has endured within the past two years as having been more of an, albeit painful, learning curve. Of those, the one which really hurt the most was Canada’s match against Nepal in the ICC 2018 Division 2 Championship, which had they won would have resulted in the re-establishment of official ODI status. He however insists that as a team Canada still learned very valuable lessons from that situation and eventual outcome. He also remains convinced that Canada’s dream of regaining ICC ODI status is not that far away from being achieved.

Blessed as he is with a readily obvious abundance of talent, Nikhil Dutta has never really had cause to ever doubt his own abilities or question his immediate personal future as a Canadian cricketer. He does, however, acknowledge that as a cricketer doubts will inevitably exist and do occasionally creep into your head at times.

“Whether it is before a game or at the start of a crucial bowling spell, there is always some level of doubt in your head. Such doubts can be quickly erased by the knowledge you have put in the hard yards which on previous occasions have actually seen you through and that you have prepared yourself to the best of your abilities for the situations that are being presented to you. The more we practice as individuals the easier a time we will have at overcoming such doubts since we would have already had the same experience at practice and can readily identify and utilize the options that can best overcome the particular challenge that is being presented.”

To date, the biggest challenge that Nikhil has had to face in his developing career as a Canadian national cricketer and one which has unfortunately been ongoing, has been the relative lack of match playing opportunities. With the Canadian cricket season effectively lasting only 4-5 months plus whatever international tours may become available, actual playing opportunities for Canada’s elite cricketers are by comparison to those of their counterparts in other countries, relatively few. Nikhil’s method of resolving the disparity has been to engage himself as much as possible in smart practices, which involve putting himself in situations that he knows he will likely encounter during actual matches.

Now like all others facing the threat of an even further abbreviated 2020 Season, as a direct result of the ongoing COVID19 crisis, Nikhil Dutta has resorted to the basics. "During this tough time, it’s important to try and be active if that means going for a run since the weather is better or doing home workouts and even climbing stairs. Any activity which makes your body move and sweat a bit will help during this situation!”

Now still only 25 years of age and with hopefully many more productive and injury-free cricket years ahead of him before he even begins to contemplate retirement, Nikhil Dutta hopes to be able to continue playing for Canada for as long as he possibly can. However long that turns out to be, he hopes that it will also be definitely punctuated by an appearance as a Team Canada player at an ICC World Cup! “Other than that my primary objective would be to become the best cricketer I believe I can be. That would be my ultimate goal.”

As Canada’s mystery spinner we have absolutely no reason to doubt that Nihkil Dutta will indeed achieve both his Team Canada ICC World Cup appearance goal as well as his objective of becoming his very best as a Canadian cricketer.



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2020-03-16

Extracted from "Wickets" magazine

If ever there was a male version of the Cinderella fairy-tale story, Canada’s Saad Bin Zafar would certainly qualify as a most appropriate subject for such an honour. His rise from the relative obscurity of Canadian cricket to international prominence as Man of the Match for the Vancouver Knights Championship Final victory in the Toronto hosted Inaugural Season of the Mercury Canada Global T20 Championship Final, can only best be described as meteoric!

Saad Bin Zafar (born 10 November 1986) is a Pakistan-born Canadian cricketer who plays for the Canada national cricket team. As a left handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Zafar is sufficiently competent in both as to be regarded as a genuine all rounder.

Zafar's Cinderella story had a very early start. At the tender age of 10 he started playing tape ball on the streets of his hometown. Later at the age of 14 his school's sports teacher spotted Zafar and introduced him to leather ball cricket by selecting him for the school's juniors cricket team.

In 2004, having immigrated from Pakistan to Canada, Saad started playing club cricket for Overseas Cricket Club in the Premier Division of the Toronto & District Cricket League. His consistently outstanding League performances eventually caught the attention of the Canadian national Team Selectors. Zafar made his international debut on 4 July 2008 playing against Bermuda. He looked impressive on his debut as he took 4 wickets, including the wicket of Bermuda's captain Irving Romaine who was close to scoring a century.

Since then Zafar’s Canadian cricketing career has been punctuated by several outstanding international and domestic performances, By far the most impressive of these occurred when he scored 262 not out in a 50 over game in Scarborough Cricket League’s Premier Division in August 2015.

In January 2017, having been selected as one of Canada’s representatives for the ICC Americas in the 2016–17 Caribbean Regional Super50 Championships, Zafar emerged as the team’s leading wicket taker. The following year, in January 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two Qualification Tournament.

On 3 June 2018, Zafar was selected to play for the Vancouver Knights during the Players' Draft for the Inaugural Season of the Global T20 Canada tournament. Zafar was the second Canadian player to be selected in the Draft after Nikhil Dutta in round 9.

Zafar’s performances in his Global T20 Canada outings were highly commendable, In his third outing, in the Vancouver Knights match against the Montreal Tigers his bowling figures were 3/21 off his allocated 4 overs. In his fifth match, played against the Toronto Nationals, he was again impressive with the ball, taking 2/22 in 3.5 overs, He also scored an unbeaten 12 in a 47-run match winning partnership with Chadwick Walton.

In the final match of the 2018 Global T20 Canada Tournament against the West Indies B cricket team he had figures of 2 for 26 runs including a wicket
maiden over. Vancouver Knights didn’t have an ideal start to the chase as Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle and Ben Dunk fell cheaply to leave them at 22 for 3. But Zafar and Rassie van der Dussen compiled a crucial unbeaten 126-run partnership to get Knights back on track in the chase. Zafar played the role of an aggressor, dealing in regular boundaries to post a 32-ball fifty. He collected eight fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 48- ball innings which yielded 79 runs.

Zafar’s brilliant all round performance, with both ball and bat in the Championship Final was pivotal to the Vancouver Knights eventual emergence
as Title winners. Hoisted on the shoulders of his jubilant more globally prominent international teammates he was adjudged Man Of The Match for his brilliant all-round performance.

A fitting conclusion to the most recent chapter or Saad Bin Zafar’s continuing Cinderella story. With further domestic and international match appearances becoming readily available, opportunities will certainly exist for Saad Bin Zafar’s recently acclaimed stardom to rise even higher!

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2020-02-18

Cricket Canada has announced the names of a strong fourteen member Men’s Senior Team Squad to participate in the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Challenge League A. The Tournament, which will be a part of the qualification process for the 2023 ICC Word Cup, will be held in Malaysia from March 14 – 27, 2020. Canada will play fifty 0vers matches against ICC Division A country teams representing Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and hosts Malaysia during the Tournament.

Canada’s 14 member ICC 2020 Challenge Cup Squad will be captained by its experienced opening batsman Navneet Dhaliwal (pictured). In 30 List A (fifty-overs) matches played to date in Canadian colours, Dhaliwal has scored 1027 runs at an impressive 39.50 average, with two centuries and five half centuries. Nitish Kumar, Abrash Khan, Ravinderpal Singh, Harsh Thaker, Varun Sehdev and Srimantha Wijeyeratne, will provide batting support to Dhaliwal. 

Canada’s bowling attack will be centred around the front line spin of experienced campaigners Saad Bin Zafar, Nikhil Dutta, Salman Nazar and Shahid Ahmedzai. They will be ably supported by the part-time spin offerings of Nitish Kumar and Dhaliwal himself. Romesh Eranga and Faizal Jamkhandi are the only two seamers included in the squad, the wicket-keeping duties for which will be shared by Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Armaan Kapoor.

Experienced South African Amarinder Bhinder will be the Head Coach for the Canadian Squad, which will be managed by Carlos Ragoonath. Surendra Seeraj (Assistant Coach), Daulat Khan (Asst Coach/Analyst) and Tejash Patel (Physio) will be the other members of the Canadian Squad’s management team.

The full squad (in alphabetical order) with their respective roles is as follows:

Navneet Dhaliwal (RHB) (Capt), Shahid Ahmedzai (SLA), Nikhil Dutta (ROS), Romesh Eranga (LMF), Faizal Jamkhandi (RMF), Armaan Kapoor (WK/BAT), Abraash Khan (RHB), Nitish Kumar (RHB), Salman Nazar (SLA), Varun Sehdev (RHB), Ravinderpal Singh (RHB), Harsh Thaker (RHB), Srimantha Wijeyeratne(WK/BAT) and Saad Zafar (LHB).

Amarinder Bhinder (Head Coach), Carlos Ragoonath (Manager), Surendra Seeraj (Asst Coach), Daulat Khan (Asst Coach/Analyst), Tejash Patel (Physio)









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2019-10-23

Canada had a big win over Ireland in their third match of the ICC WC T20 qualifier today to remain unbeaten. This was their first victory over a full member nation since 2003. 

Canada won the toss and chose to bat. Rizwan Cheema, playing his first game of the tournament was bowled with the score on 13, but Navneet Dhaliwal and Nitish Kumar put together a good partnership. After 10 overs, Canada were 72/1. Dhaliwal reached his half century from just 37 balls. A reverse sweep from Kumar brought up the century partnership from 67 balls with 6 overs to go. Dhaliwal was finally caught in the deep for 69 from 51 balls. Kumar reached his third consecutive fifty from 34 balls, but was caught in the deep from the next ball. Hamza Tariq fell first ball,  but Ravinderpaul Singh and Dillon Heyliger took Canada to 156/5 from their 20 overs.

Ireland fought hard against good Canadian bowling, and fell just 10 runs short. Needing 27 from the last two overs, Gordon and Heyliger bowled well at the death for the win. Earlier Saad Bin Zafar and Eranga each took 2 wickets, and Nikhil Dutta bowled 3 overs for just 12 runs, taking a wicket. Nitisgh Kumar added a catch and an outstanding run-out to his half century and was named man of the match. 

Canada's next match is against Hong Kong tomorrow.

Scorecard 

ICC Video

Post match presentation

Ireland wickets

Dhaiwal batting highlights

Dhaliwal hits a 6

Cheema bowled

Post toss interviews


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2019-10-08

ICC MEN’S T20 WC QUALIFIER, UAE

October 11 – November 2, 2019


Team: Canada


 Name Playing RoleProvince
1Navneet Dhaliwal - CaptainRHB/RMFOntario
2Abraash KhanRHB/RMFOntario
3Dilon HeyligerRMF/RHBOntario
4Hamza TariqWK/BATAlberta
5Jeremy GordonRMFOntario
6Junaid SiddiquiRLGOntario
7Nicholas KirtonLHB/ROSOntario
8Nikhil DuttaROS/RHBOntario
9Nitish KumarRHB/ROSOntario
10Ravinderpal SinghRHBBritish Columbia
11Rizwan CheemaRHBOntario
12Rodrigo ThomasLHBOntario
13Romesh ErangaLMFAlberta
14Saad ZafarLOS/LHBOntario
15Srimantha WijeyeratneWK/BATOntario



Management Staff

Mike Sharma – Manager

Ingleton Liburd – Head Coach

Henry Osinde – Asst. Coach

Daulat Khan – Asst. Coach/Analyst

Mohin Vadiwala - Physio

Canada plays  Singapore in a practice match on October 14, and Kenya on October 15. They open the tournament against Jersey on 20 October. 

Full fixtures

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2019-09-27

Canada lost their final match in the CWC Challenge League tournament in Malaysia to Singapore by just 5 runs. 

Singapore made 245 batting first. Abraash Khan impressed with the ball, taking 5/62. 

Canada reached 95/3 in 19 overs before heavy rain stopped play. when play resumed the revised target was 196 from 34 overs. A brave innings from Nikhil Dutta took Canada to the brink of victory, but needing 10 runs from the last over they fell just short. 

Both Canada and Singapore finished with a 4 and 1 record but Canada lead the group on net run rate going into the second phase of the tournament.

Scorecard

Youtube streaming

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2019-09-17

Canada beat Vanuatu by 5 wickets as they played their first match in the CWC Challenge League Group A at Kuala Lumpur. Vanuatu, batting first were bowled out for 160, Nikhil Dutta taking 3/29, and Saad Bin Zafar, Heyliger and Eranga each taking two wickets. After a poor start that saw Canada at 54/4, captain Navneet made 72 not out as Canada won with 5 wickets and 18 overs to spare. 

Matches are being streamed when possible on Cricket Canada's Youtube channel

Scorecard

Harsh Thaker - first full cap

Man of the match

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2019-09-10

Canada squad for the ICC CWC Challenge League A, Malaysia to be played from 14 to 27 September 2019

Team: Canada


 Name Playing RoleProvince
1Navneet Dhaliwal - CaptainRHB/RMFOntario
2Abraash KhanRHB/RMFOntario
3Cecil PervezRMFOntario
4Dilon HeyligerRMF/RHBOntario
5Hamza TariqWK/BATAlberta
6Harsh ThakerRHBOntario
8Nikhil DuttaROS/RHBOntario
9Nitish KumarRHB/ROSOntario
10Ravinderpal SinghRHBBritish Columbia
12Rodrigo ThomasLHBOntario
13Romesh ErangaLMFAlberta
14Saad ZafarLOS/LHBOntario
7Shahid AhmadzaiLOS/LHBOntario
11Srimantha WijeyeratneWK/BATOntario


Management Staff

Mike Sharma – Manager

Ingleton Liburd – Interim Head Coach

Henry Osinde – Asst. Coach

Daulat Khan – Asst. Coach/Analyst

Mohin Vadiwala - Physio

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2019-08-22

With a win over the Caymans today in the ICC Americas T20 finals, Canada are assured  of a top-two finish in the tournament, and a place in the ICC T20 World Cup qualifier. 

 Canada won the toss and chose to bowl. After just one over of pace, Canada turned to their spinners, and Saad Bin Zafar, Nikhil Dutta and Nitish Kumar all took wickets as Caymans reached 43/3 after 8.4 overs. Saad Bin Zafar took two more wickets to record figures of 4-0-8-3, and the Caymans managed just 91/7 in their twenty overs. 

In replay Canada survived a scare, losing both openers without a run on the board, but Dhaliwal (53*) and Kumar (37*) took them to victory without losing another wicket and with 8 overs in hand. Canada thus have 7 points and cannot finish lower than second in the tournament, 

Youtube stream

Scorecard

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2019-08-22

Canada beat the US today in Bermuda to put themselves in an excellent position in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Final. Canada is on five points after an easy win in their first match, tied with Bermuda on the top of the table. 

The US won the toss and chose to bat. The opening pair got off to a fast start, reaching 39 in four overs. the partnership was broken when Saad Bin Zafar came on, having Patel well caught  by Rizwan Cheema at slip from his first ball. Nikhil Dutta had Marshall stumped with the score on 75 after 9 overs. Canada fought back strongly with their spinners, Nitish Kumar bowling Taylor, then Dutta inducing a catch in the deep to dismiss Malhotra- 95/4 with 6 overs to go.  Some tight bowling and good fielding kept the run rate in check and the US finished on 144/6 from their 20 overs.

Canada attained the target with just 4 wickets and 5 balls to spare. Captain Naveneet Dhaliwal led the way with 54 from 41 balls, and Dilon Heyliger finished the match off with 23 not out after Canada needed 19 from the last two overs.

Scorecard

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2019-08-19

Canada were well on their way to victory over Bermuda when rain stopped play with only 6 balls more needed to be bowled to make the match official. However the ponits are now split, and the match declared a no-result. 

Bermuda elected to bat after winning the toss, and made a solid start until Dilon Heyliger dismissed both openers. Nikhil Dutta had Douglas caught to make the score 43/3 in the 10th over, at which point play was halted due to heavy rain. After a lengthy delay, play resumed with the Bermuda innings reduced to 16 overs. Canada bowled well to restrict Bermuda as they hit out in the final six overs, Eranga bowling a double wicket maiden for the 15th over, and Heyliger taking two more wickets in the 16th. Bermuda finished on 82/9. Canada opened with Cheema and Thomas, and they blasted 40 runs from the first four overs, putting Canada well ahead of the D/L/S score before rain prevented the match concluding. 

CricInfo scorecard

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2019-08-08

Canada National Squad selected for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier - Americas Final 2019, Bermuda. The top two teams from the four nation tournament will go to the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in October. Competing teams are Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands and USA.

 Name Playing RoleProvince
1Navneet Dhaliwal - CaptainRHB/RMFOntario
2Abraash KhanRHB/RMFOntario
3Cecil PervezRMFOntario
4Dilon HeyligerRMF/RHBOntario
5Hamza TariqWK/BATAlberta
6Harsh ThakerRHBOntario
7Junaid SiddiquiRALS/RHBOntario
8Nikhil DuttaROS/RHBOntario
9Nitish KumarRHB/ROSOntario
10Ravinderpal SinghRHBBritish Columbia
11Rizwan CheemaRHBOntario
12Rodrigo ThomasLHBOntario
13Romesh ErangaLMFAlberta
14Saad ZafarLOS/LHBOntario


Management Staff

Mike Sharma – Manager

Ingleton Liburd – Interim Head Coach

Henry Osinde – Asst. Coach

Daulat Khan – Asst. Coach/Analyst

Mohin Vadiwala - Physio

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2019-07-17

Scorecards from Day 2. Teams were re-arranged to provide alternate opportunities for selectors to evaluate players for two games. 

July 16 National T20, King City







Team 1 v   Team 2








Toss: Team 2








Result:  Tied








Team 2   innings 








Rodrigo Thomasc Hamza Tariqb Duuta41385




Rayan Pathanc Heyligerb Dutta331732



*Nitish Kumarc Heyligerb  Ghani1011





Harsh Thakerst Hamza Tariqb  Ghani84
1



Ravinderpaul Singhlbwb Ghani11121




#NAME?c Moonesarb Ghani35





Saad Bin Zafarnot out
40
23



Mark Montfortc Harmandeep Singhb Heyliger 6






Varun Sehdevnot out
55





Extras4w, 4b
8






Total7 wickets, 20 overs157






DNB:   Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Junaid Siddiqui, Sana Kaleem, Sukhdeep Brar




FoW808295100113141



Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Eranga403401




Pervez30220





Heyliger40441





Dutta302421




Umer Ghani402742




Moonesar20100
















Team 1   innings








Abraash Khanc Robin Singhb Dhindsa1192




Rizwan Cheemac Robin Singh b  Brarb  Brar352232



Ruvindu Gunasekeralbwb Kaleem04





Jatinder Matharuc Robin Singhb Brar671




Raheem Gilanic Ravinderpaul Singhb Brar16
2




?st Robin Singhb Junaid Siddiqui191512



*+Hamza Tariqc Junaid Siddiquib Saad Bin Zafar731




Nikhil Duttanot out
362132



Dillon Heyligerc Brarb Dhindsa1232




Umer Ghaninot out
67





Extrasw 7, nb 2
9






Total8 wickets, 20 overs157






FoW14374554849798121

Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Kaleem301312




Dhindsa40532





Brar402432




Saad Bin Zafar40231





Junaid Siddiqui30111





Monfort20330






































July 16   National T20, King City







Navy v Green








Toss: Navy









Result:  Green won by 9 wickets


















Navy   innings 








Ruvindu Gunasekera c Talwar b Kumar 811





*Navneet Dhaliwal c Pranavb Gill1213





Arslan Khan c Pranavb Saad Bin Zafar1718





Raheem   Gilanib Brar3948





Bhavindhu Adhihettyc Gill b Kumar36





Suliman Khanc Pranavb Saad Bin Zafar89





Gurinder Thandist Mowabb Manoosingh13





Simranjit Singhst Mowabb Saad Bin Zafar66





Preet   Jagnanpreet not out25





Yax Patelnot out
22





Extras4w, 2lb
6






Total8 wickets, 20 overs104






DNB: Faizal   Jamkhandi








FoW17285258677077102

Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Sidhu302201




Brar30211





Kumar3082





Gill202011




Saad Bin Zafar40103





Talwar3190





Manoosingh20121
















Green   innings








Rizwan Cheemarun out
2812





Umar Farooknot out
28






Nitish Kumar not out
39






Extrasw 13
13






Total1 wickets, 13.1 overs108






DNB: Pranav   Sharma, Akash Gill, Trevor Manosingh, Saad Bin Zafar, Sukhdeep Brar, Shreyas   Mowab, Manjeet Sidhu, Daksh Talwar
FoW35








Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Singh20110





Suliman Khan10220





Patel2080





Dhaliwal1060





Jaganpreet20220





Gunasekera1080





Jamkhandi202003




Thandi1.10110






































July 16   National T20, King City







Team 3 v   Team 4








Toss: Team 3








Result:  Team 3 won by 39 runs


















Team 3   innings 








Upkar Singh   Pandher  b Asad Khan12





Bhavindhu Adhihettyretired
4945





Shreyas   Mowab not out
6250





Arslan   Khan b Talwar1211





Rahul   Vashishtha not out
98





Extras2w
2






Total2 wickets, 20 overs135






DNB: Arun   Nag, Trevor Manoosingh, Manjeet Sidhu, Gurinder Thandi, Zeeshan Whalia, Rana   Salman, Ashish Narval, Simranjit Singh
FoW494101

















Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Suliman Khan40300





Asad Khan40181





Dhillon401901




Patel 30261





Mann20210





Talwar30211



























Team 4   innings








Pranav Sharmacb Rana Salman35





Akash Gill
b Whalia01





Avwal Sandhub Manoosingh1333





Satnam   Ramdhab Whalia611





Umair Ghanilbwb Manoosingh2724





Daksh Talwarnot out
31






Arminder Dhillonstb Sidhu35





Kanwar Mannrun out
43





Preet   Jaganpreet cb Whalia118





Asad Khannot out
11





Extrasb 1
1






Total8 wickets, 20 overs94






DNB: Yax   Patel








FoW031136616475
























Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Whalia40103





Rana Salman30101





Arun Nag20110





Narval2060





Manoosingh30172





Thandi20150





Sidhu20110





Singh20130
















July 16   National T20, King City







Green v Blue








Toss: Green









Result:  Blue won by 8 wickets


















Green   innings
RunsBalls4s




Abraash Khan run out
4851





Avol   Sandhu b Whalia 01





Satnam   Ramdhab Junaid Siddiqui512





Arun Nag
b Mann13





Harmandeep Singh st b Salman Nazar 26





Varun Sehdevcb Mann48





*+Hamza Tariq lbwRana Salman 1316





Nikhil Dutta cRana Salman01





Sana Kaleemc Moonsenarb Junaid Siddiqui17





Arminder Dillonrun out
65





Asad Khannot out
12





Extras w 3, nb 1  
4






Total all out, 19 overs  79






FoW1344143586374747579











BowlingNational T20 - scorecards, Day 2









Whalia2071





Jatinder Mathuru10100





Moonesar30181





Junaid Siddiqui3162





Mann30132





Salman Nazar40131





Rana Salman30122
















Blue innings









Zeeshan WhaliacDutta10161




Rayyan Pathannot out
384421



Robin Singhlbwb Dutta02





Jatinder Mathuru not out
332504



Extrasnb 1, b 1
2






Total2 wickets, 15.2 overs83






DNB: Junaid Siddiqui, Salman Nazar,   Kanwar Mann, Rana Salman, Mahadeo Moonesar


FoW3232


















Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWicketswnb



Sana Kaleem30110





Cecil Pervez20140





Dutta30192





Dhillon2160





Nag20120





Sehdev2.20130





Asad Khan1070




























































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2019-07-17

The National T20 is underway at Maple Leaf CC, King City. Sixty of Canada's best cricketers are in attendance, split into four teams, each containing a mix of national team players and cricketers selected for the high performance squad based on their performances in the regional T20 competitions. The tournament gives selectors an opportunity to evaluate players in match situations against top-quality opposition. 

Day 1 Scorecards:

15-Jul National T20 King   City






Red v Blue








Toss: Blue








Result: Blue   won by 11 runs. 
















Blue   innings  
runsballs 4s 6s


Rayyan Pathan c ? b Brar 561



Upkar Singh Pandherc Kumar b Cheema 232121


Robin Singh run out
27




Jatinder Mathuru c ? b Cheema 512



*Ravinderpaul Singh  c ? b Gill 523124


Ricardo Williams c ? b Saad Bin Zafar 67




Zeeshan Whalia  c ? b Manosingh 58




Dillon Heyliger lbw b Saad Bin Zafar 35




Salman Nazar run out 
16121



Romesh Eranga c ? b Gill 35




Junaid Siddiqui not out 
23




Extras w 4 b 26





Total all out 19.4 overs128















FoW: 1-7 2-25 3-37 4-50 5-61 6-87 7-96 8-110 9-125 10-128. 










Bowling:








Gill40352




Brar3.401512



Saad Bin Zafar401722



Dhillon20190




Cheema30112




Talwar20100




Manosingh10191
























Red   innings  
runs balls 4s 6s


Rodrigo Thomas c Salman Nazar b Williams 3325




Akash Gill c Robin Singh b Eranga 03




*Nitish Kumar c Mathuru b Williams 12121



Saad Bin Zafar c Williams b Salman Nazar 1216




Shreyas Mowab c Pandher  b Heyliger 21242



Rizwan Cheema c Junaid Siddiqui b Heyliger 12




+Robin Singh
b Heyliger 25




Trevor Manosingh c ? b Junaid Siddiqui 511




Sukhdeep Brar c Ravinderpaul Singh b Salman Nazar 9111



Navjot Dhillon not out 
0





Daksh Talwar  
17




Extras  w 12
12





Total all out 18.4 overs107





FoW;1-16 2-40 3-55 4-68 5-776-89 7-90 8-999107 10-107. 
Bowling 








Zeeshan Whalia 101602



Romesh Eranga 302002



Ricardo Williams 30182




Junaid Siddiqui 401911



Salman Nazar 3.40123




Dillon Heyliger 402232























July 15,   National T20, King City






Blue v Navy








Toss: Blue








Result: Blue   won by 36 runs
















Blue innings  runs balls 4s 6s




Rayyan   Pathan b Simranjit Singh 66




Upkar Singh Pandherc Simranjit Singh b Patel 1011




Robin   Singh b Patel 655851


Ashish Narval c +Khan b Jamkhandi 25




*Ravinderpaul Singh  c +Khan  b Dhaliwal 382722


Kanwar Mann not out
59




Dillon Heyliger not out
58




Extras w 9, nb 2, b 516






Total 5 wickets 20 overs147





DNB: Salman Nazar, Romesh Eranga, Junaid   SiddiquiUmer Ghani







FoW: 1-16 2-39 3-62 4-134 5-137














Bowling:








Dhindsa20190




Simranjit   Singh

1




Jamkhandi40461




Patel30192




Dhaliwal2061




Thandi


1














Navy innings







Bhavindhu Adhihetty c ? b Eranga 22




*Navneet Dhaliwal c? b Kanwar 482723


Harsh Thaker  c ? b Salman Nazar 18261



Yudveer Singh c ? b Umer Ghani 1114




#NAME?c Pandher b Kanwar 13121



Rahul Vashishtha c ? b Kanwar 1013
1


Satsimranjit Dhindsa not out
35




Gurinder Thandi not out 
24




Extras w 4
4





Total 6 wickets
111















DNB: Faisal   Jamkhandi

















FoW: 1-2 2-43 3-77 4-82 5-105 6-106.













Bowlingomrwwides



Eranga301311



Heyliger402001



Junaid Siddiqui30140




Salman Nazar302301



Umer Ghani30201




Mann402131











































July 15, National T20 King City







Green v Red








Toss: Red








Result:  Green won by 19 runs
















Green   innings 







Abraash Khan c Kumar b Brar 181321


Subham Sharma c Sharma b Brar 7101



Satnam Ramdha c Kumar b Brar 04




Varun Sehdev c Manoosingh b Saad Bin Zafar 47




*+Hamza   Tariq b Saad Bin Zafar 610




Mark Montfort c Thomas b Manjeet Sidhu 611



Harmandeep Singh not out 
503443


Nikhil Dutta   not out  
443042


Extras w 12, nb 1, b 215





Total for 6 wickets 20 overs150















DNB:   Arminder Dhillon, Kaleem Sana, Cecil Pervez















FoW: 1-26 2-26 3-29 4-40 5-47 6-60. 













Bowling:








Gill 405004



Brar 40233




Saad Bin Zafar 411525



Kumar 20200




Manoosingh 20240














Red innings








Pranav Sharmac Hamza Tariqb Dutta19251



Rodrigo Thomas c Hamza Tariqb Sana19




*Nitish Kumar c Dhillon b Sehdev 15171



Umar Farook st Hamza Tariq b Dutta 30272



Akash Gill run out Sharma 02




Rizwan Cheema c Hamza Tariq b Montfort 19123



Saad Bin Zafar not out 
1312 1


Trevor Manosingh c Dhillon b Dutta 02




Sukhdeep Brarrun out Sana201321


Navjot Dhillon not out 
531



Extras  w  8 lb 19





Total 8 wickets 20 overs131















DNB: Manjeet   Sidhu

















FoW;1-7 2-42 3-49 4-49 5-87 6-93 7-93 8-126. 











Bowling 








Sana  403112



Pervez 4
1290



Dhillon 402705



Dutta 40223




Sehdev 20121




Montfort 201011













































July 15, National T20, King City







Green   v Navy








Toss: Navy









Result:  Green won by 6 wickets


















Navy   innings
RunsBalls4s6s



Raheem Gilani run out  Hamza Tariq03





Ruvindu Gunasekera c Hamza Tariq b Asad Khan 18





*Navneet Dhaliwal c & b Asad Khan 681




Harsh Thaker  c Khan b Singh 29292




Suliman Khan run out
01





Arslan Khan  c Moonesar b Nag 8121




Rahul Vashishtha  c Hamza Tariq b Montfort 826





Satsimranjit Dhindsa c? b Singh 47





Umair Ghani Montfort 35





Preet Jagnanpreet  c Moonesar b Singh 02





Simranjit Singh not out 
00





Extras w 9, nb 2
11






Total all out, 16.1 overs71

















FoW: 1-4 2-4 3-22 4-22 5-38 6-64 7-66 8-70 9-70 10-71











Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWickets





Kaleem Sana 20110





Asad Khan 30192





Nag 2081





Sehdev 30170





Moonsesar 3150





Singh 2083





Montfort 1.1032






































Green   innings
RunsBalls4s6s



Abraash Khan c ? b Simranjit Singh 211321



Mark Montfort c ? b Simranjit Singh 04





Aval Sandhu c Umair Ghani b Suliman Khan 28194




Nikhil Dutta not out
615





Harmandeep Singh lbw b Suliman Khan 01





*+Hamza Tariq not out 13131





Extras w 3, nb 1  

4





Total for 4 wickets, 11.2 overs  
72
















DNB: Arun   Nag, Asad Khan, Mahadeo Moonesar, Kaleem Sana, Varun Sehdev















FoW: 1-32-30 3-64 4-64
















Bowling:OversMaidensRunsWickets





Dhindsa 20190





Simranjit Singh 1





Jamkhandi 40461





Patel 30192





Dhaliwal 2061





Thandi  1










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2019-07-07

Congratulations to the 30 Canadians drafted by clubs in the Global T20 League, to be played in Brampton, July 25-August 11. They are:

Toronto Nationals 
Jeremy Gordon
Ravinderpal Singh
Salman Nazar
Mark Montford
Rodrigo Thomas

Vancouver Knights
Saad Bin Zafar
Rizwan Cheema
Rayaan Pathan
Harsh Thaker
Matthew Nandu

Winnipeg Hawks 
Hamza Tariq
Sana Kaleem
Umair Ghani
Romesh Eranga
Varun Sehdev

Edmonton Royals
Davy Jacobs
Navneet Dhaliwal
Satsimranjit Dhindsa
Aakash Gill
Shahid Ahmadzai

Montreal Tigers 
Dillon Heyliger
Nikhil Dutta
Bupinder Singh
Arslan Khan
Ashton Deosammy

Brampton Wolves 
Nitish Kumar
Aabrash Khan
Arman Kapoor
Faisal Jamkhandi
Nawab Singh

By agreement with Cricket Canada, each team must have five Canadian qualified players in their squad. 

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2019-03-22

Cricket Canada team delivered yet another solid performance against the Sri Lankan Army in the fourth practice match at Panagoda Army ground. Hiral Patel displayed good all-round skills with his patient knock of 71 (144 Balls) at the top order and strong bowling performance earlier by taking 4 wickets.

While middle order failed and most got out in single digit scores, Srimantha & Nikhil made runs in the end to take Canada to Victory chasing 177 for loss of 7 wickets.

Quality bowling performances earlier were showcased by our bowlers led by Hiral, Varun, Sukhdeep and Harsh Thaker restricting opposition for 177.

Cricket Canada won the match with 3 wickets against some very good Sri Lankan players in the opposition including Prasanna, Srilankan leg spinner, who has played 48 ODIs, 20 T20 matches and 1 test for Srilanka’s National Team. He was accompanied by 4 spinners one of whom was the highest wicket taker in last years first class season in Sri Lanka.

Team is on a winning mode and would want to continue this momentum in the future matches. Tomorrow is  much needed rest day to help team recover.
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2019-03-22

Last minute arrangements succeed to secure the tour

Antigua, Trinidad, South Africa or Sri Lanka puzzle was solved in favour of Sri Lanka, once it became clear that no other place provided much needed quality opposition and training arrangements than Sri Lanka. Institute of Sports (IOS), from Nagpur India, who have a long history of relationship with Cricket Canada were able to make all required arrangements to support Cricket Canada athletes training for the qualifier.

The Senior Men’s squad is practicing hard in Sri Lanka ahead of the WCL 2 Qualifiers. The squad held its first practice session at Panadura Ground on 10th March 2019. This world class training tour includes, cricket, mental and physical fitness as well as strategy sessions among other things. The training management has enforced a strict diet and training regime. The training is focused around team work, developing new skills and acclimatisation to foreign environments.

Following is the list of players and coaching staff, currently training in Sri Lanka. The final team for the qualifier shall be selected after the pre tour to South Africa and on the eve of starting of the qualifier in Namibia in April 2019.

Players:-
Bhavindu Shakya Adhihetty
David Johan Jacobs (Captain)
Dilon Alex Heyliger
Harsh Thaker
Hiral Dashrathbhai Patel
Mark Montfort
Navneet Singh Dhaliwal
Nikhil Dutta
Nitish Roenick Kumar
Ravinderpal Singh
Rodrigo Augustine Thomas
Romesh Eranga Galkandage Don
Ruvindu T Gunasekera
Saad Bin Zafar
Srimantha Adrian Wijeyeratne
Sukhdeep Singh Brar
Varun Sehdev

Coaching Staff:
Daulat Khan
Henry Osinde

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2019-07-08

Cricket Canada team delivered yet another solid performance against the Sri Lankan Army in the fourth practice match at Panagoda Army ground. Hiral Patel displayed good all-round skills with his patient knock of 71 (144 Balls) at the top order and strong bowling performance earlier by taking 4 wickets.

While middle order failed and most got out in single digit scores, Srimantha & Nikhil made runs in the end to take Canada to Victory chasing 177 for loss of 7 wickets.

Quality bowling performances earlier were showcased by our bowlers led by Hiral, Varun, Sukhdeep and Harsh Thaker restricting opposition for 177.

Cricket Canada won the match with 3 wickets against some very good Sri Lankan players in the opposition including Prasanna, Srilankan leg spinner, who has played 48 ODIs, 20 T20 matches and 1 test for Srilanka’s National Team. He was accompanied by 4 spinners one of whom was the highest wicket taker in last years first class season in Sri Lanka.

Team is on a winning mode and would want to continue this momentum in the future matches. Tomorrow is  much needed rest day to help team recover.

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