Left-handed batsman, Tyson Gordon, has been recalled while there’s no place for former Toronto Cricket Club captain, Zubin Surkari, in the Canadian squad named for next month’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Twenty/20 qualifier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Gordon, who migrated to Edmonton in December 2007, is yet to fulfil the potential he showed when he top-scored with 70 in his only match for Jamaica against South Africa at Chedwin Park in a One-Day International in May 2005.
After making his ODI debut for Canada at the World Cup in February 2011, he was dropped for the Irish tour late last year after scoring just 136 runs (average eight) in 18 innings in all three forms of the game.
Chairman of selectors, Chris James, said Gordon has been given another chance at redemption.
“Tyson is training very hard,” said James. “He has ability and he’s one of the few players with some international experience. He, however, has to produce on the field and he has been given another opportunity to do that.”
Surkari registered 26 runs in the Caribbean Twenty/20 tournament last month.
The players named are Jimmy Hansra (capt.), Rizwan Cheema (vice-capt.), Maninderjit “Manny” Aulakh, Harvir Baidwan, Rustam Bhatti, Khurram Chohan, Tyson Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Zahid Hussain, Nitish Kumar, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza-ur-Rehman and Junaid Siddiqui.
James said this is the best possible team.
“We did not perform to the best of our ability in the Caribbean,” he said. “We learned some lessons from that series and hopefully we will do much better in the UAE.”
Wicketkeeper/batsman Hamza Tariq, who was named in the provisional squad, is unavailable for the tournament.
The squad heads to Sri Lanka next week for a three-week preparatory camp that will include matches against local sides. Australian coach, Michael Dighton, who recently received his work permit, will join the squad in Colombo.
The United States, meanwhile, will be without skipper Steve Massiah for the tournament. He’s facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding bank and mortgage companies by falsifying loan applications to make borrowers appear more credit worthy to financial institutions.
Former India Under-19 player, Sushil Nadkarni, who will skipper the team, along with Jamaican-born all-rounder Orlando Baker and Pakistani-born medium-pacer Usman Shuja are the only players remaining from the squad that took part in the same event two years ago.
Canada is in the same group with Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark and Nepal. The USA will compete with Italy, Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Ireland, Scotland and Uganda.
The top two teams will join the 10 Test-playing nations in this year’s Twenty/20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
By RON FANFAIR