May 13, 2006

Canada

Canada aim for Test status within a decade

Martin Williamson

As Canada prepare to face Bermuda and Zimbabwe in the ICC's tri-nation tournament in Trinidad, the president of the Canadian Cricket Association has admitted to being rather jealous of the cash-rich Bermudans. And Ben Sennik has set out his vision for Canada being a Test-playing nation within a decade.

To do that, he accepts that players will need to go professional:

"We are looking at the (pro) possibility as soon as a financial base has been established. We have to get salaried players. To get to the objectives we want we have to have professional players. The first thing we have to do is set up a strong financial base."

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Posted by Jon Harris on (June 14, 2006, 12:14 GMT)

Without complying with the government of Canada requirement to sign on to the "Anti-doping policy in sport', and the development of a cricket coaching infrastucture, and a policy of "Protection of children in cricket", similar to that of the ECB, cricket in Canada will remain viable at the grass roots club level, where it is currently doing very well in six of our 10 Provinces.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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