Cricket Canada will have to wait another year before it’s considered for additional International Cricket Council (ICC) funding under the Targeted Assistance and Performance Program (TAPP).
As part of the ICC’s strategic plan for 2011-2015, the TAPP program was rolled out this year with a $12 million fund aimed at providing Full, Associate and Affiliate members an opportunity to generate funding support to improve team performance.
One of seven countries to make an application, Canada was asked to resubmit its application next year.
Cricket Canada’s president, Ravin Moorthy, said the rejection will not set back the sport in this country.
“This was additional funding that we were looking for to try to do some extra things next year,” said Moorthy. “We have an Intercontinental Cup fixture in Kenya between next March and April and those funds would have been used for a training camp outside Canada to help the guys prepare for that tournament. The extra funds would have also been useful in helping us play a few games against Full members and even do some touring.
“The ICC’s feeling was that while we have made some great strides and they are very appreciative of the work we have done with our strategic plan and the way in which we have created some real change in the structure of the organization in such a short time, they would like to see a little more of that stability in the administration going forward.”
Moorthy said Cricket Canada hired the professional services firm Deloitte to help compile the application.
“A lot of work was put into this and it was widely recognized as one of the better applications that were presented,” said Moorthy. “It was complete from top to bottom. There was no problem with the application or our organization. It’s just that the ICC want to see that a lot of the things we have put in place take hold before they increase their investment in Cricket Canada. We are disappointed that we did not get the money, but we are positive going forward.”
Last June, Ireland and Scotland were the first countries to receive TAPP funding of $500,000 annually for the next three years. At its executive board meeting in Colombo earlier this month, the West Indies was awarded $3 million while The Netherlands and Zimbabwe each received $1.5 million.
Cricket Canada currently receives about $960,000 annually in ICC High Performance Program funding.
The national men’s team is currently preparing for the two-day Auty Cup tournament against the United States in Florida on November 14 and 15, a One-Day International on November 16 and two Twenty/20 contests the following day.
The touring party is Rizwan Cheema (capt.), Khurram Chohan, Damodhar Daesrath, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Amarbir “Jimmy” Hansra, Usman Limbada, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza-ur-Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq and Srimantha Wijeyratne.
New High Performance manager, David Patterson, and former national captain, Ingleton Liburd, are preparing the squad for the American tour. National coach, Gus Logie, who is in Trinidad & Tobago awaiting his work permit, is expected to join the squad in the United States.
Ashish Bagai, who last played for Canada in March 2011 in the ICC World Cup, completes his Master’s in Business Administration next April. He will make a decision on his cricket career after finishing his studies in the United States.
“I met with Ashish twice in the past month and we will continue to have on-going dialogue concerning his cricket career,” said Moorthy. “All that I can say right now is that he still loves the game.”
The 30-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman has been Canada’s most consistent player in the last decade.