March 25, 2008

Canada

Canada National Championship in Toronto

Martin Williamson

The Canadian Cricket Association will hold the 2008 National Championship from May 17 to 19 at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club near Toronto. Held on a rotational basis, this year the Ontario Cricket Association will host teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the National Cricket Academy.

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Posted by matt hall on (May 1, 2008, 7:16 GMT)

Matt from New Zealand. I cant understand why the cricket world is not providing you with the means to become a competitive test nation, as there can hardly be a complaint about cashflow. Faith was shown in New Zealand years ago, and the same should be applied in this case, with little delay. I watched John Davidson play at the world cup, and although he is not homegrown, Canada certainly have the ability to compete, same goes for Kenya. The ICC need to understand, as well and NZCricket, and other richer cricketing bodies, that their is room to grow this sport globally, their are people on the ground wanting to organise it, and as New Zealand as an example being #2 in the world at ODI, should show leadership. I would love to see at least 2 more competitive test nations. If the ICC want to run cricket like a business, then think of it as investing for the future. As I have said before, Its not like there is a shortage of cash in Cricket now. Use it while you have it, or it will dry up

Posted by Amar Mendes on (April 6, 2008, 23:14 GMT)

Canada along with Kenya and Ireland has it in them to go to the next level. All they need is A rich businessman invest in them. Just like the I.P.L. Some one who can put in the money do develop venues in different cities. Some one who can put-up a Professional national league between provinces. If the I.C.C. is looking to increase the number of test playing nations than these three countries can make it. The administrators of I.C.L. have shown that if we have interest and money. We can put-up a Professional setup in the span of a few months. Not necessary it is as grand as I.C.L. We need more than ten test nations. It is dull to see the same ten teams play each other. I would like Canada, Kenya, Ireland,Canada & Bangladesh play each other. It will be great to see new names in test cricket. The local administrators & I.C.C. must work together.The richer boards should help. Players from here can be bough at reasonable fare for the I.P.L. Like John Davison, Steve Tikolo and Trent Johnson

Posted by Roger Burrows on (April 1, 2008, 4:47 GMT)

It's too bad that the relatively good impression left by the Canadian team at the last-but-one World Cup was negated by the less-than-stellar performance at the last one, but at least Canada is involved in international play, unlike its neighbour to the south. The lure of baseball with its high salaries is preventing Canada from attracting high school athletes to cricket. With so many immigrants from cricketing countries, Canada should be able to uncover some promising young players from within the country rather than relying on older ex-pats. It all comes down to money and exposure, neither of which is in great supply, especially since TSN has become part of the ESPN complex.

Posted by Ajay on (March 28, 2008, 20:27 GMT)

Leagues in Canada are doing nothing to spread the games. High schools in Ontario organize their own indoor tournaments and CCA or any high profile leagues like Toronto District League or EDCL do not take any interest to develop this game from the grass root.

Posted by mark on (March 28, 2008, 12:16 GMT)

It is a much needed competition in Canadian cricket. They have become weaker as the years have gone by and this can only really help to get some players coming through with some much needed talent for the national side. I only hope that more full Canadians and not just ex pats are taking an interest in the sport.

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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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