Canada October 10, 2006

Canada's Winter Training squad announced

The Canadian Cricket Association national selectors have named their 30-man winter training squad

The Canadian Cricket Association national selectors have named their 30-man winter training squad. This pool will be used to select the playing squads for the tours to South Africa, later this year, and Kenya, early next year. These tours set the stage for next year’s Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. Accordingly, the tours focus on One-Day International matches.

The players will undergo fitness and training programs that have been prepared by National Coach Andy Pick. The nucleus of the squad is from Ontario but includes players from British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. There is a base of veteran players and others who made their mark with the national team this summer. Six others come into the squad.

The veteran base includes players such as John Davison, Ian Billcliff and George Codrington. It also has the opening bowling pairing of Henry Osinde and Umar Bhatti, commonly regarded as the best opening bowing pair within the ICC Associates. Geoff Barnett, Abdool Samad and Jyoti.

The highlight of the Kenyan trip is the inaugural ICC World Cricket League Division 1. The participants are Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda and The Netherlands. The South African trip includes the 4-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match with the Netherlands. Canada has an excellent chance of winning their group, which would see the team reach the final.

This announcement of the winter training squad came on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Those in the Canadian Cricket community can give thanks for Canada’s long cricketing history, but, more importantly, let’s look forward in the hope the game can realize it’s potential in this country.

Scratching the surface of the 30 man squad reveals heritage relationships with Australia, Barbados, India, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, St. Kitts, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

There is the need to ensure the rich global and sporting heritages of cricket are engendered into our youth. They, hopefully, will flower and in turn pass the candle to future generations.

Further potential exists to broaden the cultural base of Canadian cricket with initiatives to attract. During a cricket promotional event at Downsview Park on Canada Day people of many backgrounds tried out the sport. Some had English and French heritage with current sporting interests in hockey, baseball, American and Canadian Football and hockey. Bring them back to the fold!

It was easy to attract the interest of those with West Indian and Indian subcontinent heritage to join in. Possibly the highlight of the day was a lady from Bangladesh bowling to a female Korean teenager. Other participants included people of Chinese, Russian and Austrian blood. A couple from Japan, now working in Toronto, went to the Kenya Intercontinental Cup match at King City.

Young and old, men and women. Cricket – Canadian cricket - can attract them all….but it must have the will and make the effort. It needs visibility and transparency. Not just on the playing fields, but ‘Beyond the Boundary’. There’s a lot of interest and potential goodwill out there for cricket.

The future of Canadian cricket depends on the blending of well thought out, and approved, strategies and plans together with the resources to implement, or exceed, those plans. Hopes must be blended with realism.

The infrastructure of the game needs to develop. This is turn is dependent upon resources and commitment. Resource needs include both human capital and obtaining the necessary financing and sponsorships to achieve and sustain development.

Can Canadian cricket pull together and capitalize on the goodwill? I know I am not alone in hoping it can. Hope springs eternal. Realism? Time will tell.
Eddie Norfolk

Squad Desmond Chumney, Sandeep Jyoti, Pubudu Dassanayake, George Codrington , Sunil Dhaniram, Abdool Samad, Trevin Bastiampillai, Surendra Seeraj, Durand Soraine , Brian Rajadurai, Asif Mulla, Ashish Bagai, Don Maxwell, Austin Codrington, Umar Bhatti, Henry Osinde, Sanjay Thuraisingham, Anderson Cummins, Geoff Barnett, Ian Bilcliff , Haninder Dhillon, John Davison, Kevin Sandher, Steve Welsh, Qaiser Ali, Khrunalbai Patel, Naresh Patel, Abdul Jabbar Chaudrey, Orson Greaves.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • testli5504537 on November 22, 2006, 8:29 GMT

    Is this the Canadian team or rejects from South Asia and The West Indies? Is there anyone actually who's born in Canada to Canadian parents?

  • testli5504537 on November 2, 2006, 7:08 GMT

    What happed to that Sajiv Fernandez fellow? I thought he was pretty good. Hard hitter of the ball and also a very good fielder and bowler. How do I know thins? Because I've played with him and aginast him in school cricket.

  • testli5504537 on November 2, 2006, 5:13 GMT

    A cricket fan living in Toronto for 30 years, how did I find the news of Legends coming to Toronto? here was the link.....I was checking Cricinfo for cricket scores. The heading was about 2 players found guilty of doping charges....with other links to cricinfo doping IX, including Wasim Akram ..with other link to 'Legends coming to

    I just heard about the Downsview Park event in past July thru Mr. Norfolk's article. If Canadian Cricket Association and Toronto and District Cricket assocition really want to inform the public about their events why dont they send the announcements to the local community newspapers (there is no cost for this).

    In any case, I will be checking Mr.Eddie Norfolk's articles regularly. I find his articles very interesting.

    M. Saadat Khan, Toronto

  • testli5504537 on October 16, 2006, 18:48 GMT

    So shocked to see that Ravi Ravishankar Puvanendran, known as the spinning wizard, as I have seen and heard..., not being selected in the winter squad? Any particular reason for this outstanding performer as the best bowler in the canadian team not to appear on above name list? Please re-consider selecting the right individuals by not omitting right individual who is also a top performer.

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