Cricket Canada’s inability to host the opening ceremony and first round of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty/20 competition is a missed opportunity, says new general manager, Ingleton Liburd.
“This is something the fans would have relished and it would have boosted our association’s profile,” said Liburd. “It’s a pity.”
Toronto Cricket Club – which has the sport’s premier facility in the country – was unable to host the games because it needed more time to secure city permits and other contracts.
King City’s Maple Leaf ground, which eight years ago was approved by the International Cricket Council to host One-Day Internationals, was not considered as an option. The brutal winter weather has left the ground in rough shape.
In addition, Cricket Canada owes the Toronto & District Association (TDCA) about $5,000 for tournaments played at the facility last year.
Liburd promised the debt will be cleared before the National Cricket League starts at King City on July 19.
He also said a coach will be selected before the Auty Cup – symbol of cricket supremacy between Canada and the United States – takes place in October in Florida.
Gus Logie, the former West Indies middle-order batsman-turned coach, was fired last December.
With Canada out of the High Performance Program which translated into a funding cut of nearly $900,000, the new coach will be someone who is based in Canada.
“That’s the route we will most likely take because we don’t have the money to pay an overseas coach,” said Liburd.