By RON FANFAIR
To say that Canada’s cricket tour of Jamaica was a disappointment would be an understatement.
The national side was hardly competitive in any of the four contests in the just concluded Jamaica Cricket Festival, wilting in the Caribbean sun and to the host island and the West Indies in 50-overs and Twenty/20 games.
Cricket Canada’s first vice-president Ravin Moorthy said the organization is devastated by the lackluster showing.
“It’s most disheartening,” said Moorthy who is also the high performance manager. “When you look at the amount of resources we have poured into the national program in the past two years, we are definitely expecting more than what we are getting. There has been a marked drop-off since the last World Cup qualifier and we as an organization are not happy.”
When asked if coach Pubudu Dassanayake’s job is in jeopardy, Moorthy said everybody’s role will be evaluated.
“We are going to have a serious look at the coaching staff, the players and everybody else and I can tell you that the decisions that are going to be made are not going to be hard,” he said. “They are going to be drastic. We can only accept mediocrity for so long.”
Just 10 Canadian batsmen reached double figures in the four matches and skipper Ashish Bagai was the only player to record a half-century. He achieved the target twice, including the first match when he scored 53 in Canada’s four-wicket loss with 130 balls to spare against Jamaica at Discovery Bay.
Usman Limbada with 24 and Sunil Dhaniram 15 were the other players to get into double figures in the national side’s total of 148 off 41 overs.
Jamaica achieved the target in the 29th over with opener Brendan Parchment scoring an unbeaten 72.
Medium pacer Henry Osinde was the most productive bowler with 3-59.
The West Indies, led by a game-high 40 from Guyanese-born left-hander Narsingh Deonarine, easily brushed aside Canada by 49 runs in a Twenty/20 affair last Saturday at the Trelawny stadium.
The Caribbean side compiled 130-7 and then restricted Canada to 81 in 19.2 overs. Bagai again was the top scorer with 32 while all-rounder Rizwan Cheema claimed 3-19 off his allotted four overs.
Bagai posted his second half-century in last Sunday’s 63-run loss to Jamaica in a Twenty/20 match at Trelawny.
Jamaica scored 175-4 in its 20 overs with left-arm spinner Parth Desai capturing 3-21 off four overs. Bagai slammed an unbeaten 51 and Cheema hit 24 in Canada’s poor response of 112-8.
In the final game last Tuesday at Sabina Park, opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s century helped the West Indies register a comprehensive 208-run win over the national side.
Chanderpaul’s innings spanned 120 balls and included a six and six boundaries while Dwayne Bravo hit 74 off 75 balls and Ramnaresh Sarwan scored an unbeaten 47 off 26 balls in the West Indies’ total of 316-4 off their 50 overs.
Canada could only muster 108 off 39.2 overs with Umar Bhatti being the principal scorer with 32 not out off 77 balls.