There is a huge incentive for five young Canadians selected to attend a one-week International Cricket Council (ICC) high performance camp in Barbados from December 14-21.
Of the 13 camp participants that also include four Bermudans and three Americans, six of them will be offered rookie contracts to take part in next year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) competition.
The six CPL teams – Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St. Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – will each include an Under-23 player from the Americas in their squads as part of the ICC’s talent development program.
Established by the West Indies Cricket Board last year, the tournament allows teams to contract 15 players with a maximum of four overseas signings. Of the regional players, at least six must be from the franchise country and four must be under the age of 23.
“This is a huge motivation for our young players and I do hope they grasp it,” said Cricket Canada’s general manager, Ingleton Liburd.
National batsman, Nitish Kumar, is among the Canadians who will be at the camp.
Kumar, who plays for Toronto Cricket Club in the Toronto & District Cricket Association elite division competition, is a student in England. He returns home on December 11 for the camp that runs from December 14 to 21 in Barbados.
The talented young opening batsman, who survived a horrific car accident in England in 2005 that claimed his father’s life, made history at the last World Cup in 2011 by becoming the youngest participant in the quadrennial tournament.
The other Canadian camp participants are Ontario Cricket Academy all-rounder Nikhil Dhutta, who had a stint last summer with Stanmore Cricket Club in England; 23-year-old Mississauga Ramblers medium-pacer Satsimranjit Dhindsa, who represented Canada at the 2011 ICC World Cricket League Americas Region Division Two competition in the United States; Calgary-based left-arm spinner Farhan Malik and United Cricket Academy 15-year-old middle-order batsman, Arslan Khan.
“This is the cream of the crop of the young talent in Canada and this is an ideal opportunity for them to develop their skills and also qualify to play in the Caribbean Twenty/20 tournament,” said Liburd.
Former Canadian all-rounder Errol Barrow and ICC regional development officer Tom Evans will run the camp that will feature fitness testing and a skills training component along with three one-day and two T-20 matches.
The Americas team will take on a Barbados Under-23 side and either a Combined Schools or Barbados Cricket Academy team in 50-overs matches on December 15 and 17 at Carlton Ground. They will also play a 50-over contest against the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) on December 19 and two Twenty/20 contests the following day against the same opponents at the Three Ws Oval on the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus.
Barrow is also negotiating for Dhutta to be included in the CCC squad which will compete in next year’s Nagico Super50 championship.