Bagging a pair in cricket is deflating. It means that a batsman is dismissed without scoring in either innings of a match.
That’s not good unless you are Ingleton Liburd who netted a pair of distinctions last week.
He was unveiled as Cricket Canada’s new general manager just days before being among the first-class of the national federation’s inductees.
“It’s a proud feeling to know that the hard work you put in on and off the field is recognized in some way,” he said. “When you look at the calibre of the inductees, all I can say is that I am extremely gratified to be in their company.”
Liburd assumes most of the duties performed by Doug Hannum who stepped down as the association’s chief executive officer after two years. The CEO role was eliminated after Canada tumbled out of the High Performance Program.
The former Canadian captain and office administrator Marcia Barrett are the only paid full-time employees with Cricket Canada which will hire a domestic development manager to replace Liburd who represented Canada from 1987 to1998.
An attacking left-handed opening batsman and useful right-arm medium pacer, Liburd played for Canada in three International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy tournaments and three Caribbean One-day competitions.
He turned out for the Leeward Islands in the 1979 and 1980 West Indies youth competitions and played a key role in St. Kitts reclaiming the Heineken trophy – symbol of cricket supremacy in the Leewards – in 1980.
Liburd spent nine seasons with Victoria Park in the Toronto & District Cricket Association league before switching to Cavaliers where he was instantly appointed captain. He represented both clubs with distinction and played some impressive innings for Canada.
In 1990, he slammed an unbeaten 112 off 92 balls with six sixes and seven boundaries against a West Indies youth team that included Antiguan fast bowler Hamish Anthony who played in three One-Day Internationals for the West Indies in 1995.
A year later in the Canada-Guyana One-Day series in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Liburd belted medium pacer Mark Burnett for 16 runs off the first three balls of an over.
The first Canadian cricketer to play in South Africa when he was the player/coach with Bedford for the 1995-96 season, Liburd returned to his native St. Kitts in 1997 to head the Len Harris Cricket Academy. After six years with the academy located at Warner Park, he was the West Indies Cricket Board development officer up until 2005 and the St. Kitts Cricket Association president and Leeward Islands Cricket Association vice-president before returning to the GTA six years ago.
He was appointed Cricket Canada’s domestic development manager in 2009.
Liburd has also coached and managed the senior and junior teams in the last few years.
“I will still be available to do some coaching and help players when the need arises, but most of my work going forward to advance Canadian cricket will be administrative,” he said.
The National Cricket League takes place from July 19-26 while the Auty Cup – symbol of cricket supremacy between Canada and the United States – takes place in October in Florida.
Meanwhile, Canada and other Associates will have an opportunity to play Test cricket.
The ICC board has approved a Test Challenge that will take place every four years between the lowest-ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
The inaugural Test Challenge will be held in 2018.
According to the proposal, the side ranked 10th in the ICC Test rankings on December 31, 2017 or at the conclusion of any series in progress at that time, will play two five-day Tests at home and two five-day Tests away against the winner of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup competition.
The next Intercontinental Cup series will run from 2015 to 2017 and the next edition from 2019 to 2021. The second ICC Test Challenge is scheduled for 2022.
“The ICC Test Challenge now opens the door for Associate Members to play Test cricket and in doing so gives even greater context to the ICC Intercontinental Cup which will now be a pathway to Test cricket,” said ICC chief executive, David Richardson.
In the last Intercontinental Cup series, Canada was sixth in the eight-team tournament.
Canada was the runner-up in the inaugural 2004 competition, finishing behind Scotland which won the final by an innings and 84 runs.