Canada will start its bid to regain One-Day International (ODI) status and re-entry into the high performance program next January in the International Cricket (ICC) World Division Two tournament in Namibia.
The national side, along with host country, Kenya, the Netherlands and the top two teams to be promoted from the six-team Division Three competition in Uganda later this year, will contend for an opportunity to improve their standing as the top two sides will qualify for the next edition of the World Cricket League (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.
“This is an important tournament for us in that the top two teams will move up to Division One and be eligible for the WCL and I-Cup tournaments,” said Cricket Canada’s manager, Ingleton Liburd. “We want to get back to that position.”
Canada was the runner-up in the inaugural 2004 and 2006-2007 I-Cup competitions.
Namibia, which hosted the inaugural WCL Division Two championship in 2007 and Kenya were the only two countries to submit bids for next year’s competition, to be held from January 17-24.
While still the Americas’ top-rated side, Canada is ranked 20th in the ICC One-Day International standings behind Afghanistan (11), Ireland (12), Papua New Guinea (16) and Kenya (17).
Meanwhile, former Canadian coach Pubudu Dassanayake – who was overlooked in his bid to regain the position presented to Mukesh Narula last month – has signed a contract extension with Nepal which runs until June 15, 2015.
The ex-Sri Lanka and Canada wicketkeeper/batsman, who resigned as Canada’s coach after the World Cup in early 2011, was Narula’s main challenger for the job. He was without a contract after coaching Nepal to the World Cricket League Division Three title and a place in this year’s Twenty/20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Dassanayake, who was seeking a salary increase from $5,000 to $12,000 per month, will be paid $10,000 monthly and an additional $2,239 for local expenses.
As part of the new contract, Dassanayake – whose family resides in the Greater Toronto Area – is required to assist the Nepal Ministry of Youth & Sport with the development of the sport in the country.
He will coach the team that will take part in the Asian Games in South Korea starting on September 19.