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Canada pull out as Under-19 World Cup hosts

Sahil Dutta

April 16, 2010

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Canada have pulled out of hosting the 2012 Under-19 World Cup after admitting they wouldn't be able to supply the required number of venues for the event.

The move doesn't come as a huge surprise following the recent reports from Canada over the problems with various grounds and Cricket Canada wanted to make sure the ICC would have enough time to rearrange the tournament.

"It's very disappointing but it was simply a case of coming too soon," Ravin Moorthy, Cricket Canada's vice president told Cricinfo. "We wanted to make sure we'd give the ICC enough time to rearrange if we couldn't get the infrastructure ready, so we committed to April 2010 and we're not quite there."

Last month the former Cricket Canada CEO, Atul Ahuja, hit out at the preparations in a wide-ranging letter which slammed the administration. "The ICC had installed 10 turf wickets for the ICC Trophy in 2001," he said. "Currently, none of those are operational."

Moorthy, however, hit back at these claims and was at pains to point out that the pitches were not the issue. "We have 10 turf pitches, that's no problem for us. What we don't have is the other infrastructure - the pavilions and so on," he said. "We calculated we'd need between $2 to $2.5 million, and at this we've still got some way to go."

It is a blow to cricket in Canada but Moorthy remains confident that the long-term development of the game is still in good order and is hopeful of securing enough funding to stage future events.

"We are in regular contact with government and things are going fairly well. Cricket is very important to the social fabric of the South Asian community in Canada and funders understand that. We should be in a position to host these types of global tournaments soon."

In January the Canada board told Cricinfo it was confident of bringing facilities up to standard in time, but conceded defeat earlier this month when they wrote to ICC.

"We are grateful to Cricket Canada for making what we recognise will have been a very difficult decision but their realistic and responsible approach allows ICC the time to find a suitable alternative venue," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

ICC will discuss possible alternative venues during the boarding meeting in Dubai on April 19 and 20.

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by Jambo22 on (April 19, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

I would not go so far as to say that there is corruption involved, but there is certainly a good amount of incompetence. This, along with ego-boosting and in-fighting (much of which is ethnically based), has hamstrung Canadian cricket for years. Instead of throwing good money after bad, the ICC should appoint an independent, experienced experts as CEO of Canadian Cricket and charge that person with sorting things out. Most of the candidates for top-ranking Canadian Cricket positions are simply unqualified and know next to nothing about cricket administration. Until this happens, Canadian Cricket will continue along its path of one embarrassing debacle after another.

Posted by Toppspinner on (April 17, 2010, 15:40 GMT)

Surely this is a god-given opportunity for Kenya to redeem itself and hold the 2012 event. Perhaps Uganda could come in with it; then there would be a handful of acceptable grounds in Nairobi, two in Mombasa, a couple in Rift Valley. Add on those in Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja and all would be set fair for a great East African event; for here the cricket - both men's and women's - is on the up and up. Uganda has just held terrific EasterT20 and Luswata 50-over cup competitions, Kenya its knock-out cup final between champions Swamibapa and the previous year's top dogs, Kanbis. If the East African consortium gets the nod this will seal the region's advance and will be a true reflection of the ambitions of two of Africa's most go-ahead cricket associations.

Posted by Shoaib_fahad on (April 17, 2010, 7:04 GMT)

This is just awful for country like Canada. There is so much money involvement from all the areas and this includes local bank sponsorships as well. I Think current board people are corrupt and a huge transformation is needed. I am not as experienced as the last guy since it's only my 3rd year in Canadian division cricket. Me and my friends make a club on our own expenses without any sponsors and paid around 1500$ for U19 and Forth division. I can assure you that there were 15-20 teams who played in each season. Even when we went to the grounds, conditions were so bad that we had to postpone one of our games and league rescheduled it to a different ground. Overall registered clubs are more than 50. I am sure money is not a problem, we need change in governing body of Canadian cricket board. People here wait for any sort of international cricket but under such conditions we are not showing any progress to get any game. I hope ICC take sum severe actions n rebuild cricket 4 Cana youth.

Posted by Baria00 on (April 16, 2010, 14:05 GMT)

Not surprised at all. i have played in all the division in T&D over last 15 years. i must have played 3 or 4 games on turf wickets. to be able to complete with international competition Canadian players do not play enough cricket on turf. even so called Elite division is played on Mat wicket which is absolutely pathetic. we are charged close to 4000 dollars fees by T&D and the facilities are not up to the mark for that kind of money being charged. i m not really sure where all the money goes, i m sure ICC must have given Canadian board good chunk of money. Umpiring standards are totally biased, on top of that we pay umpiring fees out of our pocket every game. except for King City grounds, others are just awfully maintained. there seems to lot of corruption in Canadian cricket and someone needs to do something about it.

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Sahil Dutta Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.
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