The Cricket Canada board at their last meeting approved the Terms of Reference and membership of the Cricket Canada Women's Committee, to be chaired by Women's Cricket Coordinator, Durriya Shabbir.
The committee is tasked with:-
- Developing, implementing and delivering programs to encourage the participation of girls and women at all levels;
- Providing advice and recommendations to the Board on matters affecting girls and women’s participation;
- Preparing an annual plan and annual budget for board approval;
- Establishing policies and procedures for women’s cricket;
- Developing and implementing a plan for recruitment and development of coaches, umpires, support staff for the Women’s and U19 teams
The committee members are:-
Ave Mogan: Cricket Canada Hall of Fame inductee (2014), is credited with establishing and being the co-founder of organised women’s cricket in Toronto, Canada. She was the first female at the age of 17 to participate in the TDCA men’s league in various divisions and skippered Canada’s first-ever national women’s squad in 1996. She also lead the team in 2005 and 2007 and was vice-captain of the North American women’s cricket team in 2003. In 2004, she was decorated Best Women’s Cricket Coordinator in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas Region and led the Canadian Women’s cricket squad to their first Americas Women’s Cricket title in 2007. Prior to moving to Canada she was a member of the West Indies Women’s squad from 1977 to 1979.
Sonali Chandok: Sonali moved to Canada from India in 2016 and is based out of Surrey, BC. Her involvement with cricket began as a player in 1985 representing her state of Punjab, Guru Nanak University and North Zone in India. She was employed by Indian Railways as a sports person and served as a coach for the Mumbai Cricket Association. Cricket BC appointed her as the coach for the women’s program in 2019 and she has held that post since. She plays for the West Vancouver Cricket Club (men’s) team and was part of the Women’s squad during the practice tour to Trinidad in 2019.
Jazz Tucker: Jazz was first introduced to cricket in 2001 after she moved to Victoria, BC to attend law school. She joined the Wicket Maidens in 2003/2004 and fell in love with the sport. Jazz moved to St. John’s, NL in October 2004. 15 years later, thanks to the phenomenal support of Cricket NL, her dream came true. Jazz became the coordinator of the women’s programme which commenced in June 2019 and she was appointed to the Cricket NL board as the coordinator/director of women’s programme in October 2019. On November 16, 2019 Jazz and 12 others became the founding members of the Salt Water Sirens, the first women’s cricket club in Newfoundland.
Saima Rizwan: Based in Fort McMurray, Saima has been involved with women’s cricket for the past 5 years as a player, coach and administrator. Her Alberta Women’s Club provides pre-season training, organises tournaments and is actively involved in scouting and recruiting talent. Tremendously passionate about the game, she has represented Alberta in the Western Tournament in 2016 and 2017. She played a key role in organising the Canada Day Cup in Ontario in 2018.
Canada lost to Hong Kong in their fourth match at the WC T20 qualifier today, falling well short of a 151 run target. Canada had won their first three matches but now fall to second place in their group on net run rate. They play Oman, now in 1st place, in their next match.
Hong Kong batted first after winning the toss. They got off to a fast start but then three wickets in 7 balls slowed their progress - Jeremy Gordon made the initial breakthrough, then Saad Bin Zafar had Aizaz Khan caught, and captain Navneet Dhaliwal ran out Ahsan Abbasi. After 10 overs, Hong Kong were 58/3. Nitish Kumar broke the 4th wicket partnership, taking 1/18 in four overs as Canada's spinners bowled tightly in the middle overs. Man of the match Kinchit Shah (59*) hit well, and Canada needed 151 to win.
Canada lost both openers for 17 runs when they started their reply, and struggled against tight bowling and fielding falling well behind the required run rate. Seven batsman got to double figures but the top score was 20 from Rizwan Cheema as Canada lost by 32 runs.
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.
Canada beat Bermuda at the ICC T20 Regional finals today, to go top of the standings.
Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat. Canada bowled them out for 112, thanks to a fine 4/19 from Dilon Heyliger, well supported by Eranga and Kumar each with two wickets. Canada lost Rodrigo Thomas on 7, but then a thunderous innings by Rizwan Cheema took Canada to an easy win. He made 71 from 34 balls with 7 sixes and 5 fours. He was out with the score on 93, but then Dhaliwal and Ravinderpal Singh finished off the win in just 13.1 overs. Canada finish the tournament against the USA tomorrow.
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.
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.
This year's Global T20 features higher Canadian participation and this was demonstrated in the opening match between last year's champions, the Vancouver Knights, and the Toronto Nationals. Much of the attention was on the superstars- Yurav Singh, Brendon McCallum, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard but Canadian players played a major part in the match.
Rodrigo Thomas was joint top-scorer for the Toronto squad with 41, and Rizwan Cheema had Yurav Singh stumped in his only over. Saad Bin Zafar took 2/7 in two overs, as the Nationals made 159/5.
Another high profile player fell to a Canadian bowler, as Mark Montford bowled Chris Gayle- Toronto's bowling attack featured three Canadians in the first four bowlers used - Montford, Jeremy Gordon and Salman Nazar. However the honours went to New Zealander Walton and south African van der Dussen who put on 126 to earn the Knights an 8 wicket win.
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.
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