With the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty/20 tournament qualifier in the rearview mirror, Canada is preparing to hit the road again for an Intercontinental Cup fixture and two one-day internationals in Namibia early next month.
The Canadian side, which finished sixth in the 16-team Twenty/20 qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, returned home on Tuesday. Canada fell to Scotland by four wickets with no balls remaining in an exciting playoff for fifth place.
Cricket Canada’s first vice-president, Ravin Moorthy, did not hide his disappointment.
“Going into the tournament, we knew there were some matches we would have to win in order to have a chance of going to the Twenty/20 World Cup in Sri Lanka,” he said. “We did not get the job done as a team and as a result we were not able to get over the hump.”
In addition to losing to the Scots, the national team lost to Afghanistan and Ireland which joined the 10 Test-playing nations in the World Cup Twenty/20 tournament.
Left-handed batsman, Ruvindu Gunasekera, was Canada’s top run producer with 276 runs (av.30.66) including two half-centuries and a top score of 95 off 65 balls with six sixes and six boundaries against Denmark. He also scored 83 off 48 balls with two sixes and 10 boundaries against Bermuda.
Leg-spinner, Junaid Siddiqui, was the leading bowler with 12 wickets (av.15.58).
The Irish defeated Afghanistan by five wickets in the tournament final.
The national side leaves early next week for Namibia to play that country in a four-day Intercontinental Cup game from April 5 to 8. The two teams will meet in two one-day internationals on April 10 and 12.
Both teams are lying at the bottom of the table in the four-day competition. Namibia has three points and Canada is without a point after losses to Ireland and Afghanistan.
Middle-order batsman, Nitish Kumar, who is attending school in England, will join the side in Africa while Bulawayo-born left-arm medium pacer, Raza-ur-Rehman, who injured his shoulder in the United Arab Emirates, will miss the Namibia tour.
Meanwhile, Cricket Canada’s annual general meeting will take place this weekend in Vancouver.
“Organizational changes, the establishment of a women’s selection committee and an elite domestic competition are high on the agenda,” said Moorthy.
He also disclosed that Cricket Canada will name a national award after former captain and vice-president, Cliff Cox, who died in Vancouver last month.
Cox, who migrated from England in 1956, captained the national side in 1969 and 1970 and served on the national executive board in several capacities.
By RON FANFAIR