July 4 could be a big day for former Guyana cricket captain, Damodar Dasrath. The newcomer is aiming to make his Canadian debut on his 31st birthday when the national side meets Scotland in a four-day Intercontinental Cup match at Bothwell Castle in Uddingston.
The 2003 Shell Cricket Academy graduate has been playing in the Toronto & District Cricket Association (TDCA) league for the past nine years. He represented Overseas, Tranzac, Cavaliers and Vikings before joining Brampton Masters in 2010.
The right-handed batsman and medium pacer enjoyed his best season with the bat two seasons ago, scoring 385 runs (av. 42.78). In 2009, he took 17 wickets (av. 19.65).
The squad, which leaves on Sunday, also includes India-born 24-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman Parveen Saroye who represented Canada in two Twenty/20 matches in last year’s Americas Cup tournament in Florida.
The touring party is Rizwan Cheema (capt.), Hiral Patel, Jason Sandher, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Nitish Kumar, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Jimmy Hansra, Damodar Dasrath, Parth Desai, Parveen Saroye, Durand Soraine, Jeremy Gordon, Henry Osinde, Usman Limbada and Junaid Siddiqui.
Canada is without a point after three matches in the 2011-13 Intercontinental Cup tournament after losing at home to Afghanistan by nine wickets and on the road to Ireland by an innings and 11 runs and Namibia by eight wickets.
Following the four-day game, the national side will play the Scots in two One-Day Internationals on July 9 and 11 in Edinburgh.
And, 10 Ontario players are in the national youth team that will compete in the Americas regional Under-18 competition in Florida from July 8-15.
They are Armann Kapoor, who is the captain, Nikhil Dutta, Thursaanth Anatharajah, Stephen Joseph, Siddhanth Shekhar, Anjun Parikh, Abraash Khan, Dhanya Mihir, Prushoth Wijayaraj and Aniket Joshi. They will be complemented by Alberta players Babar Barhan, Miraj Patel and Farhan Muhammad and Bakshpreet Singh Gill from British Columbia.
Former national player, Ingleton Liburd, is the coach.
By RON FANFAIR