Canada will meet the Netherlands on January 17 in one of three matches on the opening day of the International Cricket Council’s World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia next month.
The national side will meet Kenya the following day before opposing Nepal on January 20, Uganda the next day and host country Namibia on January 23.
The final and two playoff games will take place on January 24.
The Canadian 14-member squad leaves here on January 1 for Zimbabwe, where they will play four matches against that country’s “A” team in Harare before heading to Namibia on January 13.
The full touring party is Amarbir “Jimmy” Hansra (capt.), Rizwan Cheema, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Nitesh Kumar, Srimantha Wijeyeratne, Umer Nawaz, Cecil Pervez, Hamza Tariq, Navneet Dhaliwal, Varun Sedhev, Simranjit Dhindsa, Parth Desai, Nikhil Dhutta and Durand Soraine.
Mukesh Narula and Naresh Jain are the coach and manager, respectively.
The teams will contend for an opportunity to improve their standing as the top two sides will qualify for the next edition of the WCL 50-over tournament for Associates and the four-day Intercontinental Cup (I-Cup).
The top two Division Two qualifiers will join Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the next WCL and I-Cup tournaments, starting in 2015.