Canada news December 22, 2013

Bagai announces retirement

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Ashish Bagai, the Canada captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, has announced his retirement. Bagai, who will turn 32 next month, debuted for Canada back in 1999 as a 17-year old. He went on to represent his country for more than 14 years. His most recent assignment was the unsuccessful campaign in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE, where Canada finished 12th out of 16 teams after winning only two group games.

After the 2011 World Cup, Bagai left the team to attend business school. He was recalled in May this year for a nine-month period leading up to February 2014, after which he was to resume his career in finance. His inclusion came at a crucial time for Canada with two World Cup qualification campaigns lined up: the World T20 Qualifier and the 2015 World Cup Qualifier.

However, after the disappointing outing in the former, and less than a month before the 2015 World Cup qualifier begins in New Zealand, Bagai tweeted that he was retiring.

Bagai's ODI debut came in Canada's memorable win over Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup in Durban, a memory, he tweeted, that was his one of his favourites, along with the 2009 World Cup Qualifier, where Canada finished second behind Ireland. Bagai scored 1964 runs at an average of 37.76 in 62 ODIs, and his List A career produced 2649 runs in 96 games.

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  • WeirdBeard420 on December 24, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Ashish Bagai, congratulations to you on a superb cricket career, and thank you for representing Canada as a cricketer. If you're ever in Nova Scotia, and want to have a knock or put the gloves on at a more recreational (village) level, we'd love to host you for a visit.

    Look us up: Annapolis County Cricket Club, Nova Scotia. We're a new independent cricket club, and we are in the stages of developing a youth program, with the hopes that enough schools and children will get involved and help our original national sport carry on in Canada for years to come.

    Obviously, Ashish Bagai's shoes would be big ones to fill, but I bet the club could develop some legitimate grassroots talent if we had the support and encouragement from Cricket Canada. Here's hoping they notice us..

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Well done Aashish and thank you for leading our country for 14 years. Canadian cricket has definitely been enriched by your presence and leadership. I hope the future is a lot brighter for Canada in cricket as more players come in through the ranks. I am proud of you and thank you for everything. Enjoy your retirement sir.

  • on December 24, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Ashish...not only a great player of his times, the finest that Canada ever produces is also exceptionally articulate, professional and overall a well rounded person. I was very pleased and relaxed with his handling of the team, media and interactions with the ICC World Cup Organisers...I wish him very well in career and hopefully we will see more him as an administrator of Canadian Cricket in future...

  • mautan on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    One of the best that the associates produced! Was rated by more than one commentators as the best wicketkeeper in the 2003 world cup, inspite of the Bouchers and Gilchrists! Still remember his 80 odd against NZ at the 2011 WC in Mumbai. Classy keeper and a very compact batsman..sometimes feel that he would have a great career with the Indian team had he not come here to Canada as a young boy. All the best Ashish for all the memories..God save Canada cricket now.

  • on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    good luck , still remember ur batting in 2002 where u pulled off the game from Namibia to qualify for icc world cup 2003 .

  • PratUSA on December 22, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Hopefully in coming years at least the top associates nations won't have to loose their best players because there is no financial future in cricket. Bagai has been among the finest players from associated nations in last decade. Well done to him.

  • 6pack on December 22, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Well done Ashish... its surely frustrating being a professional cricketer in a country where there is little government support or interest for the sport... glad to have played alongside you years ago! Good luck

  • Desihungama on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @wapuser - You don't recall Canada almost pulling off WC2011 game over Pakistan when they had Pakistan for 180 odd runs? Bagai would have been instrumental had it not been for a freak Afridi day. Good career Bagai and best of luck in future endeavors.

  • OttawaRocks on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @ wapuser: you would have seen him play for Canada in WC2003, WC2007 and WC2011.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    cricketing facilities need a massive overhaul here in Canada. Back when i played for my school, it was an almighty struggle to put together a team to play. Any cricket thats played here, is mainly due to the fresh influx of south asian immigrants, the game locally has no following. Need more publicity and a good first class structure to surviv. The ICC needs to look beyond the test world. Just had to get it out. Good luck in your future career ashish, a great servant of the game in canada!

  • WeirdBeard420 on December 24, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Ashish Bagai, congratulations to you on a superb cricket career, and thank you for representing Canada as a cricketer. If you're ever in Nova Scotia, and want to have a knock or put the gloves on at a more recreational (village) level, we'd love to host you for a visit.

    Look us up: Annapolis County Cricket Club, Nova Scotia. We're a new independent cricket club, and we are in the stages of developing a youth program, with the hopes that enough schools and children will get involved and help our original national sport carry on in Canada for years to come.

    Obviously, Ashish Bagai's shoes would be big ones to fill, but I bet the club could develop some legitimate grassroots talent if we had the support and encouragement from Cricket Canada. Here's hoping they notice us..

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Well done Aashish and thank you for leading our country for 14 years. Canadian cricket has definitely been enriched by your presence and leadership. I hope the future is a lot brighter for Canada in cricket as more players come in through the ranks. I am proud of you and thank you for everything. Enjoy your retirement sir.

  • on December 24, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Ashish...not only a great player of his times, the finest that Canada ever produces is also exceptionally articulate, professional and overall a well rounded person. I was very pleased and relaxed with his handling of the team, media and interactions with the ICC World Cup Organisers...I wish him very well in career and hopefully we will see more him as an administrator of Canadian Cricket in future...

  • mautan on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    One of the best that the associates produced! Was rated by more than one commentators as the best wicketkeeper in the 2003 world cup, inspite of the Bouchers and Gilchrists! Still remember his 80 odd against NZ at the 2011 WC in Mumbai. Classy keeper and a very compact batsman..sometimes feel that he would have a great career with the Indian team had he not come here to Canada as a young boy. All the best Ashish for all the memories..God save Canada cricket now.

  • on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    good luck , still remember ur batting in 2002 where u pulled off the game from Namibia to qualify for icc world cup 2003 .

  • PratUSA on December 22, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Hopefully in coming years at least the top associates nations won't have to loose their best players because there is no financial future in cricket. Bagai has been among the finest players from associated nations in last decade. Well done to him.

  • 6pack on December 22, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Well done Ashish... its surely frustrating being a professional cricketer in a country where there is little government support or interest for the sport... glad to have played alongside you years ago! Good luck

  • Desihungama on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @wapuser - You don't recall Canada almost pulling off WC2011 game over Pakistan when they had Pakistan for 180 odd runs? Bagai would have been instrumental had it not been for a freak Afridi day. Good career Bagai and best of luck in future endeavors.

  • OttawaRocks on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @ wapuser: you would have seen him play for Canada in WC2003, WC2007 and WC2011.

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    cricketing facilities need a massive overhaul here in Canada. Back when i played for my school, it was an almighty struggle to put together a team to play. Any cricket thats played here, is mainly due to the fresh influx of south asian immigrants, the game locally has no following. Need more publicity and a good first class structure to surviv. The ICC needs to look beyond the test world. Just had to get it out. Good luck in your future career ashish, a great servant of the game in canada!

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    When did we see him play?

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    When did we see him play?

  • on December 22, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    cricketing facilities need a massive overhaul here in Canada. Back when i played for my school, it was an almighty struggle to put together a team to play. Any cricket thats played here, is mainly due to the fresh influx of south asian immigrants, the game locally has no following. Need more publicity and a good first class structure to surviv. The ICC needs to look beyond the test world. Just had to get it out. Good luck in your future career ashish, a great servant of the game in canada!

  • OttawaRocks on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @ wapuser: you would have seen him play for Canada in WC2003, WC2007 and WC2011.

  • Desihungama on December 22, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @wapuser - You don't recall Canada almost pulling off WC2011 game over Pakistan when they had Pakistan for 180 odd runs? Bagai would have been instrumental had it not been for a freak Afridi day. Good career Bagai and best of luck in future endeavors.

  • 6pack on December 22, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Well done Ashish... its surely frustrating being a professional cricketer in a country where there is little government support or interest for the sport... glad to have played alongside you years ago! Good luck

  • PratUSA on December 22, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Hopefully in coming years at least the top associates nations won't have to loose their best players because there is no financial future in cricket. Bagai has been among the finest players from associated nations in last decade. Well done to him.

  • on December 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    good luck , still remember ur batting in 2002 where u pulled off the game from Namibia to qualify for icc world cup 2003 .

  • mautan on December 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    One of the best that the associates produced! Was rated by more than one commentators as the best wicketkeeper in the 2003 world cup, inspite of the Bouchers and Gilchrists! Still remember his 80 odd against NZ at the 2011 WC in Mumbai. Classy keeper and a very compact batsman..sometimes feel that he would have a great career with the Indian team had he not come here to Canada as a young boy. All the best Ashish for all the memories..God save Canada cricket now.

  • on December 24, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Ashish...not only a great player of his times, the finest that Canada ever produces is also exceptionally articulate, professional and overall a well rounded person. I was very pleased and relaxed with his handling of the team, media and interactions with the ICC World Cup Organisers...I wish him very well in career and hopefully we will see more him as an administrator of Canadian Cricket in future...

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Well done Aashish and thank you for leading our country for 14 years. Canadian cricket has definitely been enriched by your presence and leadership. I hope the future is a lot brighter for Canada in cricket as more players come in through the ranks. I am proud of you and thank you for everything. Enjoy your retirement sir.