Canada’s national cricket team will leave this weekend for a nine day tour of Trinidad & Tobago.
The team is scheduled to play a two-day game, two T20 matches and one 50 over match against the T&T national side starting Monday, February 4th.
Canada is using the short tour as part of its preparation for two international tournaments later this year. “It will help us with our preparation for the upcoming World Cricket League (WCL) and the Intercontinental Cup matches in Dubai in March ” said Gus Logie who is Canada’s new cricket coach.” It will also assist the Trinidadians to get ready for the West Indies Cricket Board’s four-day and Super 50 tournaments which starts in February”.
The Canadian 13-man squad named: Rizwan Cheema (Captain-50 over/T20) Jimmy Hansra (Captain- 2 Day) Manny Aulakh, Damodar Daesrath, Nikhil Dutta, Jeremy Gordon, Ravindu Gunasekera, Nitish Kumar, Usman Limbada, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Junaid Siddiqui and Hamza Tariq. Gus Logie Coach while Johnny Bujan is the Teams’s Manager
Canadian al-rounder Raza Rehman is unavailable for the tour, while Nikhil Duitta and Rayyan Pathan will make their Canadian senior team debuts.
The two- day match will be played on Monday February 4th and Tuesday 5th at the National Cricket Centre, Couva. The two T20 matches on February 6th and 7th at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre and the 50 over game on Saturday February 9th also at the National Cricket Centre.
In other news, former Canadian cricket captain Basil Robinson has died at his home in Ottawa at the age of 93. Robinson also played for Oxford University and the University of British Columbia.