By RON FANFAIR
National medium pacer Henry Osinde will face an independent disciplinary committee after being removed from the Canadian team that’s now competing in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty/20 World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.
Osinde was sent home from Sri Lanka, where the national side spent the last month before going to Dubai, for allegedly breaching the code of conduct.
“We are not going to elaborate now,” said Cricket Canada’s vice-president and High Performance Manager Ravin Moorthy. “Henry was warned a couple of times and the team management took the decision to send him back to Canada. He will have the opportunity to go before the independent committee and present his case and we hope to get that process done quite soon.”
The independent committee comprises lawyer and ICC Code of Conduct Commission member Stinder Lal, Ravi Sathasivam and former West Indies and Canadian medium-pacer Anderson Cummins.
In October 2008, former national captain Zubin Surkari was handed a two-game suspension and fined for “behaviour-related charges.”
Canada’s youth medium pacer Arsalan Qadir did not leave with the rest of his teammates at the beginning of January for the just concluded Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand because of disciplinary problems.
The team returned home last week.
It’s alleged that Qadir – who arrived in New Zealand a day before the start of the competition – was among several players who broke curfew at least once during the tournament. He is also accused of using foul language in front of teammates and officials.
Moorthy said Cricket Canada will not tolerate indiscipline.
“We are a professional unit and we expect our players to act in a professional manner,” he said. “Everybody knows we have rules and we expect them to be followed.”
Ugandan-born Osinde made history in 2002 by becoming the first African to play in the Toronto & District Cricket Association league. He missed playing for Uganda in the ICC Trophy tournament in the Greater Toronto Area a year earlier because of a shoulder injury.
The 31-year-old, who started playing the game at age 17, has been a regular member of the national side for the past five years. He has represented Canada in 32 One-day Internationals, six Twenty/20 Internationals and 18 first-class matches.
He was introduced to the sport in 1995 when late Barbados and West Indies opener Conrad Hunte visited his school.
Osinde, whose career-best ODI performance is 4-33 against Kenya in Nairobi in the ICC World Cricket League in February 2007, was one of six Canadian players to receive central contracts in July 2009.