January 26, 2010

Canada

Canada start with a loss

Martin Williamson

Canada lost their opening match of their stay in Sri Lanka, going down by six wickets to a Sri Lanka A team who cruised to their target of 180 with almost 18 overs to spare.

Canada managed 175 for 9 in their 50 overs, and even that represented a recovery from 75 for 5. The Sri Lankans started briskly and never let up, Gihan Rupasinghe leading the way with an unbeaten 74.

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Posted by srinath wijeyeratne on (January 28, 2010, 0:19 GMT)

It is advisable that canada's domestic tournament, the top most one 'ELITE' must be given priority and all games must be played on 'Turf' surface. Most of the top players playing in the Elite division get use to the 'Matting' and 'Artificial' turfs and cannot adjust to 'TURF' when they tour abroad. CC and TD should schedule all games on better surfaces and good grounds (KC & TCC) in the coming summer season. This will give top players exposure in playing on turf surfaces, especially those young talented U-19 players who are fighting to get in to 'Team Canada'.

CC must not forget the WC is coming in Feb`2011 and the oppoertunity for the top players is most vital. The Elite Division has only 09 teams and each team will have 8x8x2 =128 games and needs 4 turf pitches x 2 for a week-end. Clubs may have to play back to back games and 5-6 turf grounds will facilitate the entire 'Elite' tournament which MUST be gien the top most priority.

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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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