February 4, 2009

Canada

Canada set to play ODIs in Zimbabwe

Martin Williamson

Canada are set to play their first major overseas series against a Full Member country when they tour Zimbabwe for four ODIs in March. The matches form part of their preparations for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in April.

The games, which are likely to all be played in Harare, will take place between March 18 and 26.

The original plan had been for Canada to play against a Zimbabwe A side, but after discussions between the two boards, the itinerary was changed to accommodate the ODIs.

The teams last met in a Twenty20 tournament in Toronto last October when Canada tied with Zimbabwe in the first match before losing a bowl off.

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Posted by Dharm Gandhi on (February 26, 2009, 3:12 GMT)

It is about time that Canada played over-sees. Zimbabwe will be a realistic oppenent and Canada will be able to see how well they are off. It is good to see Canadian Cricket moving forward, hopefully the cricket talent don't suffer due to the Management/Committee politics. Speaking of talent, it is time for new young faces to enter the Canadian team. Canada is full of promising rising stars, they need quality experience and should be given their chances. The selection team has to stop looking for mid 30 prospects, the time is now to build a young foundation, so that in 5-10 years team Canada can compete against the top associate members. COME ON CANADA !!

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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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