Canada opens Americas T20 Tourney May 3

Rizwan Cheema – leads Canadian team.
Rizwan Cheema – leads Canadian team.

The Canadian national cricket team will play their opening match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas Division One Twenty / 20 Championship on May 3 against Suriname at the new World Sports Park in Indianapolis.

The Canadian team will be led by all-rounder Rizwan Cheema which leaves this weekend for Houston, Texas, for three warm-up matches against an invitational XI ahead of their T20 tournament matches in Indianapolis. The Invitational XI team will likely include a few former West Indies players and also former USA captain Steve Massiah.

The four teams participating in the round-robin tournament that runs from May 3-10 are host USA, Bermuda, Suriname and Canada.

Defending champions USA will also play their opening match on May 3 against Bermuda.

The schedule for the Canadian team: May 3 vs Suriname; May 4 vs Bermuda; May 5 vs USA; May 7 vs Suriname; May 8 vs Bermuda and May 9 vs USA.

The two top teams will qualify to join the other qualifying teams for the World Twenty/20 in July.

In other local cricket news, Cricket Canada held its Annual General Meeting last weekend in Montreal and

Toronto & District Cricket Association will hold its Annual General Meeting May 3 in Mississauga.