By RON FANFAIR
National medium pacer Arsalan Qadir left here yesterday for the Under-19 World Cup cricket tournament that starts in New Zealand tomorrow.
The right-arm bowler did not leave with the rest of his teammates on January 1 because of disciplinary reasons.
Cricket Canada’s President, Ranjit Saini, would not elaborate on what the player did. He however said he spoke with him last week and the issue has been resolved.
“It was an internal matter and my meeting with him had more to do with helping to guide him,” added Saini. “I did not get into details with him of what was alleged. He’s a young man and Cricket Canada’s role is to support him and ensure that he becomes a good citizen.”
Qadir was Canada’s second leading bowler in last year’s Youth World Cup qualifier in the Greater Toronto Area, taking 14 wickets (av. 16.21).
He will miss Canada’s first match against Zimbabwe tomorrow. The national team plays New Zealand on Saturday and Sri Lanka on January 18.
Canada lost both of its warm-up matches earlier this week.
Hamza Tariq hit an unbeaten 55 off 106 balls in Canada’s 93-run loss to South Africa which scored 247-6 off 50 overs. The national youth side was limited to 154-9 in their allotted 50 overs.
Canada succumbed to Hong Kong by four wickets despite half centuries by Rustum Bhatti who hit 64 of 87 balls and Nitish Kumar who stroked 52 off 63 balls with six boundaries.
Scores were Canada 189-8 off 41.1 overs; Hong Kong 190-6 off 37.2 overs.