While there are so many more important things going on in the world at the moment, I feel compelled to address cricket in Canada.
I remember when I was leading the OCA First Div. 7 years ago, and I had a young 13 year old fast bowling all-rounder in my squad who was going to make his senior debut. I gave him the new ball and he went for 20 in the first 2 overs and was naturally disappointed, I could look at his face and knew what he was thinking, ‘my spell is over’.
What it is”
This blog entry is slightly different from others I’ve done. The only thing that made me hesitant to do it, is the fact that this piece would make the guy I’m going to tell you about feel extremely uncomfortable. This is by no means his thing, he is a “behind-the-scenes” guy, managing and creating, growing and producing, but never one for the spotlight, or there to take credit. I’ll tell you about him, because you should all know this.
Cricket tour with a cause
14 young Ontarians will set off in March 2017 and embark on a 10 day cricket tour to Sri Lanka. As part of our youth cricket development program, we have undertaken yearly tours to cricket playing countries. This yearly initiative has helped give our Canadian youngsters an opportunity of playing against the best opposition in the world and thereby helping to elevate our local standards.
“From Potch to Toronto, and back”
For some reason, I woke up this morning more excited than usual. I am, most definitely, a morning person, but today, everything just felt, amplified. It then dawned on me that our three Ontario Cricket Academy boys; Rohan, Shlok and Mamik, are flying to South Africa this coming weekend, for the start of the High Performance Exchange Program in Potchefstroom. The next hour or so was just like any other morning, chatting to Liz, cooking a high-protein breakfast, breaking up the fight between Lilly and Lexi over some teddy bear or iPad. But through it all, I was transported back in time, and I found myself in Potchefstroom, my hometown…
Q: Tell us about how you got started in cricket?
A: I was about 3-4 years old when my father had introduced me to the game of cricket. I still remember that moment quite vividly; I had just met Coach Derek and he asked me if I knew what cricket is or if i knew how to bat or bowl. Since i was at such a tender age, I wasn't exposed to cricket as of yet and the only sport I related the bat and ball to was baseball. After the moment where Coach Derek cleared the fog, I fell instantly in love with the sport and never looked back.
18 year old pacer Ali Irfan who recently represented our provincial side at the Visitors Coverage Cup in California, is coming to the end of a month long trip to Pakistan. Ali, who is part of the Ontario Cricket Academy High Performance program has been going for sessions at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, Pakistan working with national squad coaches and meeting some famous names such as Mohammad Irfan (the tallest bowler in the world).
OCA&C's Emanuel Khokhar who recently turned 16, led the Ontario provincial representative team with the bat, registering the only half century in the series for Ontario. The U-17 select team travelled to Santa Clara, California to compete against the California Cricket Academy in the Visitors Coverage Cup (which included two T20's and two 50 over fixtures). The series was split 2-2.
OCA&C star player Nikhil Dutta has left for Barbados to take one step closer to his goals of playing full fledged professional cricket. He was selected amongst a group of Canadian, Americans and Bermudans as part of an ICC/WICB initiative to provide an outlet for top level players in these countries to earn contracts in the West Indies professional franchise cricket structure.
I’m on the 400 North, cottage country bound. My in-laws are visiting from South Africa, and we had booked a lake cottage for the week. I have wanted to do this since the day I landed in Canada, but the last two summers have been really busy, and it takes a while to settle into a new place, never mind a foreign country. “Cottaging” is where it’s at, it is the “Canadian way”.