Canada August 9, 2010

Canadian cricket in the doldrums

The ongoing infighting inside Canadian cricket rumbles on with news the Ontario Cricket Association has suspended six players - Cecil Pervez, Durrand Sorraine, Junaid Siddiqui, Rustam Bhatti, Zameer Zahir and Khusroo Wadia

The ongoing infighting inside Canadian cricket rumbles on with news the Ontario Cricket Association has suspended six players - Cecil Pervez, Durrand Sorraine, Junaid Siddiqui, Rustam Bhatti, Zameer Zahir and Khusroo Wadia

“The above players have been suspended for failing to respond to a show-cause notice sent to them by the OCA requestiong an explanation for their conduct in the recently held National Championships in Ontario,” a statement from the OCA said. “The suspension of the above players makes them ineligible to represent Ontario. The above players having failed to respond to the show-cause notice, will however have the opportunity to appeal their suspensions.”

The OCA ran into trouble with the Canadian board (CC) when its nominated team for the national interprovincial tournament was not accepted because of a dispute between factions within the OCA. CC picked a representative side instead.

The OCA in turn is refusing to recognise the CC board. “We don’t recognise the committee,” OCA chief Mike Kendall said. “They have no jurisdiction to put Ontario cricket through an inquiry and have us respond to their charges. You can’t just slap together a few allegations and on that basis come in and take over our jurisdiction, which is what has happened with the selection of the Ontario team.”

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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  • fanedlive on August 31, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    We all are victom of bad politics every part of the nation we play.I also present there in all canada national championship in malton ground toronto. i heard about selection procedure and differences about oca and cca.What I find out the team selection in national championship was totally unappropriate. I agree with Ben sennik things were way way better and now thing are getting worse. We have not achieved or win even a single game on interenational level under the umbrella of president Ranjit saini. He is real a joke who has no sense of cricket.I have seen some players who do not deserve at all playing on national level. Now we are getting closer to the world cup 20-20 championship next year.I like to appeal cricket canada for the sake of cricket to work together with associate members and build a strong team for upcoming world twenty cup next year. I love this game and I strongly believe that selection procedure should be based to potential and ability not based on religion.

  • fanedlive on August 20, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    It all starts from the leadership.CCA lacks in leadership.In comparison with Ben Sennik (former CCA President), things were way better.We even got big sponsors such as Scotia Bank during his tenure.Under the current leadership, we haven’t accomplished anything yet. We lost our major Sponsor, Scotia Bank and King City ground is in millions of dollars debt.I feel bad for the banned Ontario players.After looking at the OCA selected team,I would say CCA have taken a good step.The OCA selected team was garbage,the averages of the players chosen by OCA were very low accept some of the players.There were three players chosen by OCA who were also chosen by CCA to represent Ontario and their stats are very impressive too.I feel bad especially for these three players to be banned by OCA.In fact,they are capable of replacing some of the players from the current Canadian team who is loosing badly against every single team.I believe CCA should trythemASAP so we can havethem inthe Worldcup2011team.

  • fanedlive on August 15, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    Solution is simple; just sack all office bearers from ALL of these organizations; get brand new people who are not power and money hungry and who only CARE about Cricket.

  • fanedlive on August 15, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Playing and living in GTA i have a few comments to make. 1.Cricket should be governed by leaders who have played atleast club cricket. 2.Politics is a part of the fabric, but personal differences should be kept aside. 3.Fair elections and not make up elections should be questions and not recognised. 4The will of the paying members and the the teams be t be asked not the egos of some non cricketing personals who do not even understand the cocept of TEAM.

    having said this i fear the day when ICC will shut its doors to Canada Cricket in the manner they did to the US.

    Grow up people and promote Cricket and not your personal agendas.

  • fanedlive on August 12, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    CC is lacking good leadership Things will only change when when leaders can be objective and work for cricket without making their personal agenda the top priority.

  • fanedlive on August 12, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    there was also infighting within the alberta squad which forced them to play with just 9 ppl in the tournment... All apart of politics in cricket.

  • fanedlive on August 11, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Please invest in the junior cricket so that we could have a real canadian team. We have guys in their late 30's and 40's who are medioka cricketers still playing for Canada. Expose the youths and have a real cricket academy. Place the emphasis on the youth competations.Get people working on real sponsorship. If you have a good plan people will buy into it. Cricket right now in Canada is a joke. I am in my 40's and I can play the level of cricket that is termed "Elite" cricket with no problems. The level have to go up. Please bring back the cricket to the highest level. Invest in the youths with professional programmes.

  • fanedlive on August 11, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    this is not new. it exists with all cricket boards. just a part of the politics of cricket get over it, move on and play cricket

    Nizam Baksh Former Head of the Canadian Cricket Unmpires Association

  • fanedlive on August 10, 2010, 16:05 GMT

    Are their any chances for getting things better in Cricket Canada? Because if these infights in Cricket Canada remains the same then it looks very hard for Cricket Canada to improve their Cricket level.

  • fanedlive on August 10, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    All these players looks to be Asian Expatriates, ICC should not waste its time and money on a country like Canada who rely on expatriates.

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