By RON FANFAIR
Canada has made a winning start in the Americas Division One 20-overs cricket tournament.
The national side defeated the Cayman Islands by 64 runs last Monday at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida.
Toronto Cricket Club Opener Khusroo Wadia scored a game-high 40 off 31 balls with a six and four boundaries in Canada’s total of 130-8. Skipper Jimmy Hansra chipped in with a 19-ball knock of 27 while Usman Limbada hit 23 off 20 balls.
Veteran left-arm spinner Zahid Hussain took 4-7 off four overs to help restrict the Cayman Islands to 66-7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Meanwhile, Kevasan Juvarajan will captain Canada in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup qualifier to be played from July 28 to August 9 in Ireland.
The rest of the squad is Tristan Ali, Maninder Aulakh, Suddepta Aurka, Gurkaram Dhilon, Nikil Dhutta, Kyle Edghill, Nitish Kumar, Trevor Manoosingh, Rayankhan Pathan, Darren Ramsamy, Jobanjot Singh Sidhu, Akass Shah and Akhlas Umar.
Canada along with Afghanistan, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the United States and Vanauatu will compete in the tournament to be played at 14 grounds in Dublin and the North-West of Ireland.
This is the last World Cup qualifier. In a cost-cutting exercise, the ICC Development Committee decided to revert to the previous system of allocating one position to each region.
The top six teams will join the ICC 10 Full Members in the junior World Cup in Australia next year.