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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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2019-10-25

Canada lost to  Oman today in a crucial match in the ICC WCT20 qualifier. Canada now drop down the table, having lost their last two matches, and face a must win match against UAE. They are tied on points with Ireland and UAE but are placed 4th on net run rate. 

Canada won the toss and chose to bat. Srimantha Wijeyeratne opened the batting with Dhaliwal and got off to a flying start, hitting four boundaries off the second over. and the fifty came up after 5.3 overs.  Dhaliwal had made 9 of the 58 run opening partnership when he was bowled, going for a big hit. Scoring rates dropped against some good spin bowling but Wijeyeratne completed his half century from 33 balls, hitting eight boundaries. He hit one more four but then fell to a brilliant catch at cover for 56. Kirton seemed unfortunate to be given leg before, attempting a reverse sweep as the third wicket fell on 92 in the 13th over. Kumar was well caught in the 15th over, and Canada lost 5 wickets from the last 10 balls of the innings, finishing on 144/9. 

Gordon took a wicket in the second over, but Oman cruised to an easy win by 8 wickets with 31 balls remaining. 

Scorecard

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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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2019-09-25

Canada beat  Denmark to maintain their 100% record  in the CWC Challenge League Group A tournament in Kuala Lumpur. 

Canada, captained by Nitish Kumar standing in for Navneet Dhaliwal,  batted first and made 302/8 in their 50 overs. Srimantha Wijeyeratne top-scored with 84, and Abraash Khan (42), and Ravindepal Singh (43) made useful contributions. 

Denmark's target was revised to 221 from 33 overs after a rain delay.  They were in a promising position at 101/1 after 25 overs but then 3 wickets apiece from Dutta and Saad Bin Zafar halted their progress, and they finished on 172/9. Saad Bin Zafar was named player of the match- 34* from 14 balls and 3/28. 

Canada play Singapore (3 and 1) in their final match tomorrow. 

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2019-09-22

A brilliant all round performance by Nitish Kumar took Canada to a third successive win at  the CWC Challenge Group A tournament in Malaysia, beating previously unbeaten Qatar by 115 runs. Kumar followed up an excellent 129 with 5 wickets.
Canada batted first, and put up another big total. Thomas (51) and Dhaliwal (38) got them off to a solid start then twin centuries from Nitish Kumar (129 from 84 balls) and Srimantha Wijeyeratne (112) took them to 379/4 from their 50 overs.

Qatar  put up a good fight with an opening stand of 149 and were in with a chance after 25 overs. Saad Bin Zafar broke the stand in the 26th over and Kumar took the next five wickets, ending with 5/72 as Qatar were bowled out for 264.

Canada's next match is against Singapore on Wednesday.


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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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2019-03-22

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

Match: Cricket Canada vs MAS UNICHELA SRI LANKA

Cricket Canada won the 2nd match with 62 runs as its batsmen gave some outstanding batting performances to carry the day.

Ravinderpal top scored with 65 runs of 78 balls at a strike rate of 83.33. Srimantha scored 47 while Saad was 39 (Not out)

Ravi and Varun made 82 runs in 4rth wicket partnership followed up by Srimantha and Saad who made 57 runs. Varun also contributed in a 33 run partnership with Srimantha,

Saad also had the third best batting scoring 39 runs on 33 balls with a strike rate of 118.18. The best strike rate was Ruvindu at 135.71 with 3 fours but got out early after scoring 19 runs of 14 balls.

Saad and Hiral took 3 wickets each. The best economy was delivered by Varun Sahdev  at 3.0 followed by Hiral  at 3.1 and  Saad at 4.3.

Tomorrow is a rest day.

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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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