Canada’s senior cricketers are preparing for a nine-day tour of Trinidad & Tobago early next month.
The squad, which leaves on February 1, will play a two-day game and a pair of One-Day and Twenty/20 matches against the twin-island republic’s national side.
Coach Gus Logie, who represented T & T and the West Indies, played a key role in organizing the tour.
“It will help us with our preparation for upcoming World Cricket League (WCL) and Intercontinental Cup matches in Dubai in March,” said Logie, who is with the national side for a second stint after coaching Canada at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. “It will also assist the Trinidadians to get ready for the West Indies Cricket Board’s four-day and Super 50 tournaments starting in the next three weeks and boost the relationship between the two countries.”
After a short break for the Christmas holidays, the national side has resumed indoor training under the watchful eyes of national high performance manager, David Patterson and former Canadian captain, Ingleton Liburd.
“The guys have been doing a lot of conditioning work, but they need to get outside and get match fit and ready before we head to Dubai,” said Logie, who returned to Toronto two weeks ago. “We also a have a few players outside the Greater Toronto Area that we need to get into the fold, see where they are at and get everybody on the same page.”
Since leaving Canada a decade ago, Logie guided West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy title and Bermuda to its first appearance in the World Cup three years later. The 52-year-old replaced Australian, Michael Dighton, who resigned last April after being on the job for just seven months.
Logie accompanied Canada to Scotland last July for WCL and Intercontinental Cup contests and matches against the United States in Florida last November.
“Canada is blessed with talented cricketers,” said Logie, who led Canada to its first-ever World Cup win in 2003 in South Africa. “The aim is to improve the level of performance of the players, get the guys playing at a high level consistently and keep Canadian cricket on the radar. If we can do that, Canada can become competitive and get to the championship level where we are striving to be.”
Canada will meet Kenya in WCL One-Day Internationals on March 11 and 13. The two teams will play two Twenty/20 games on March 15 and 16 before their four-day Intercontinental Cup match, starting on March 18. All of the matches will be played at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Global Cricket Academy Centre in Dubai.
The national side is in the cellar in both the WCL and Intercontinental Cup competitions. Canada has three points from eight WCL games and 10 points in four Intercontinental Cup contests.
Ireland leads the way in the eight-team four-day competition with 67 points, followed by Scotland with 46, Afghanistan 44, Namibia 43, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates 30 and Kenya with 22.
The Irish are also the WCL championship leaders with 13 points. Trailing them are the Scots with 11, the United Arab Emirates and the Dutch who are tied with 10, Afghanistan seven, Kenya six and Namibia with four points.
The top two WCL championship teams will automatically join the ICC’s 10 Full Members at the 2015 World Cup while the bottom six teams will join WCL Division two and three teams in the ICC World Cup qualifier early next year where the final two qualifiers will be determined.
The 2011-13 Intercontinental Cup winner will receive US$100,000 while the runner-up will pick up $40,000. Canada was the runner-up to Scotland in the first ICC Associates four-day tournament in 2004.