Apr 142014
After loss of ODI status, Canada looks to get its administrative house in order.

Canadian cricket is going through a major overhaul following the loss of its ODI status, lack of qualification for the World Cup (after 4 previous appearances) and the increased illusivity of making it to the World T20 stage. Morally down and haggard, Canada is looking at an intense makeover.

The obvious fallout of the loss of ODI status was the exit of the old board and creation of a new board with new people. The goals and future plans are taking shape as Canada reevaluates its strategies. Raza-ur-Rahman, one of the key players, says that the lack of senior players could hurt the Canadian side for two reasons- lack of experience to build a team in a moment of crisis and the increased pressure for the youngsters to prove themselves and enter the team. Rather than build on the goodwill established by the senior player, proving themselves and then making the team could be a while coming.

Former President of the Canadian Cricket board Ravin Moorthy has exited without building Canada as a commercially viable brand. Endorsements were never a big deal and some of the negotiations seriously fell through.  This could have been possible while they were rebuilding their image with the ICC and it would have worked wonders.  Financially too, Canadian cricket was/is  against the wall. Despite these roadblocks, there have been a few successes like the streamlining of the management which ensured better selection and training patterns along with the development of first class cricket. The domestic season was reinstated which culminated into successfully executed and telecast tours against USA and UAE. Cricketers from across Canada made the team which allowed for more diversity. Yet this was hampered by the lack of equal representation of players from all regions. Ontario, which produces a significant amount of players in the national team, remains under-represented while smaller towns like Alberta fare even worse. Toronto which is the hub has its own share of issues. Cricket Canada’s issues with Maple Leaf Cricket Club continues as the spaces are used but payments are not made. Representation also seems a problem here.

This is where the new president Vimal Hardat  has a chance of making an impact. He has a lot of building and rebuilding to do- rejuvenate Cricket Canada, lead from the front for a meaning and respectful stature and role for Canada at the ICC. And most importantly in international cricket. Financially , the board is in need for a boost of funds and initiatives that would give them the funds.

Hardat’s immediate plans are to regain the ODI status and work hard at qualifying for the World T20- which means team building. It is too early to dismiss them as undeserving as Cricket Canada has gotten itself on the road to recovery- at  least on paper. In actuality, their successes remains to be seen

Apr 072014
March tourist arrivals up 17.5%
Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 17.5 percent Year- on-Year (YoY) to 133,048 in March 2014, with Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE leading the list, data released by the country’s tourism authority showed. Arrivals in the first three months of the year were up 24.8 percent YoY to 421,501.

Chinese arrivals which include Hong Kong and Macau rose 155.1 percent YoY to 7,700 while arrivals from Saudi Arabia stood at 2,672, up 98.5 percent while arrivals from the UAE grew 80.5 percent to 767.

From the East Asian region, Japan was up 53.7 percent to 3,800, Malaysia was up 51.8 percent to 2,301 and Philippines dropped 1.7 percent to 951.

Tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe increased significantly in terms of growth with a YoY increase of 49.1 percent to 18,657 arrivals during the month under review of which 8,948 were Russians visiting the country, up 85.4 percent from a year earlier. Ukraine was down 8.8 percent to 3,311 and the Czech Republic up 27.5 percent to 1,464.

Meanwhile SLTDA data suggested that during the month under consideration, Sri Lanka witnessed a decline in arrivals from certain Western European markets such as the UK, Switzerland, and Norway etc. with the German market being an exception.

Accordingly, arrivals from the UK declined 13 percent YoY to 11,823, Switzerland fell 15.7 percent to 1,419 and Norway fell 17.9 percent to 474. However, the German market showed an increase of 19.9 percent to 12,448.

From the same region, France was up 27.8 percent to 9,266, Austria up 23.8 percent to 1,482 and Netherlands up 2.9 percent to 1,540. The North American region, which includes Canada and the USA, showed an increase in arrivals from 5,772 in March 2013 to 6,042 during 2014. Arrivals from the USA increased 4.3 percent YoY to 3,401and Canada 5.1 percent to 2,641. Sri Lanka Tourism follows the UN standard of defining a tourist as “a person who stays at least one night in a country and does not exceed his stay period for more than 12 months.”

Mar 202014
Canadian students highlight genocide in letter to Harper
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 Canada’s largest student union, representing more than 50,000 students, in a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Harper, expressed solidarity with “the Tamil people calling for justice and accountability for the victims of ongoing structural genocide,” and said they join other several Rights organizations in “demanding a sustainable and just political solution for an indiscriminate right to Tamil autonomyh in Sri Lanka and and end to systemic and physical acts of genocide to the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Government.”



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Feb 262014
South Africa Thrash Australia To Reach Final
Wednesday 26 February 2014 

Kirwin Christoffels

Kirwin Christoffels scored 20 as South Africa beat Australia by 80 runs

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South Africa beat Australia by 80 runs in the second ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-final to book a place in Saturday’s final against Pakistan.


27th February

5th place play-off: India v West Indies

7th place play-off: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

9th place play-off (Plate Final): Bangladesh v New Zealand

11th place play-off: United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe

28th February

3rd place play-off: England v Australia

1st March

Final: Pakistan v South Africa

Australia were bowled out for 150 after Clyde Fortuin’s half-century had guided South Africa to 230 for nine.

Elsewhere, Scotland clinched 13th place in the competition by beating Namibia by five runs and Canada beat Papua New Guinea by 11 runs to finish 11th.

Super League semi-final

Fortuin led the way for South Africa against Australia with 74 in 92 balls from the top of the order, sharing substantial partnerships with Aiden Markrem (45) and Kirwin Christoffels (20) before he was caught by Tom Andrews off Matt Short.

Yaseen Valli also made 31 to help South Africa finish on a competitive score but Australia’s fightback would have had them concerned, given that they lost six wickets for 34 runs towards the end.

Short, Billy Stanlake and Ben Ashkenazi all took two wickets.

Australia were quickly in trouble during their reply as Kagiso Rabada, en route to career-best figures of six for 25, burst through the top order to leave the score at 33 for three.

Restorative batting from Jake Doran (36 in 74 balls) and Alex Gregory (31 in 56) helped keep the Australians in the game Corbin Bosch had removed both, there was no way back.

Rabada returned to take three more wickets and Australia were bowled out in 24.2 overs.

As South Africa prepare to take on Pakistan in Saturday’s final, Australia take on England in the third/fourth place play-off on Friday.

13th place play-off

The positional play-offs proved to be much closer affairs and Scotland ended their tournament with a five-run win over Namibia to finish 13th.

Wicket-keeper Alex Baum top scored for Scotland with 36 as they posted 178 before being dismissed in the 39th over, Marius Delport, Kobus Brand, Bredell Wessels and Jano Coetzee all taking two wickets.

Scotland then kept themselves in the game by taking wickets at regular intervals as Namibia battled hard to chase down their target.

They just failed, however, thanks to Abdul Sabri and Nick Farrar taking three wickets apiece, the former taking the last three to fall including the last one, which broke a determined 10th-wicket stand of 28 between Wessells and Brand

15th place play-off

The battle for 15th place between Canada and PNG was also in the balance until the very end, when Canada won by 11 runs.

Only two players scored more than eight runs for Canada, but crucially, both Yug Rao (77 in 105 balls) and Stephan Joseph (58 in 86) made half-centuries, adding 120 together after joining each other at 40 for four.

Nosaina Pokana took four for 27 and Sakavai Gerai three for 25 as Canada were bowled out for 169.

PNG were then in much better positions than Canada had found themselves during their run chase before they faded.

Captain Dogodo Bai was left unbeaten on 39 in 102 balls as his side were bowled out for 158 in 48.2 overs.

Nik Dutta and Farhan Malik both took three wickets.

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Feb 142014
ICC Under-19s World Cup 2014: Spirited Zimbabwe begins with Victory

An all-round performance from Tinashe Kamunhukamwe helped Zimbabwe Under-19s to start their World Cup campaign with a six wicket win against Canada Under-19s in Abu Dhabi. Kamunhukamwe first picked up three wickets to restrict Canada to 192, before contributing 24 handy runs with the bat to aid Zimbabwe’s chase.

Match Report: ICC Under-19s World Cup: Match 1 (Group C) – Zimbabwe Under-19s vs Canada Under-19s, 1st Match at Seik Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi on February 14, 2014

Zimbabwe won the toss and invited Canada to bat first. Zimbabwe kept the Canada batsmen in hold not giving any half measures. They were reduced to 31/2 in 12 th over. Kumar, Dutta & Kapoor took the responsibility of reconstructing their innings. After putting up 50-plus stands for the third and fourth wickets, Canada slumped from 145 for 3 to 192 for 9 courtesy of Kamunhukamwe who went through the tail. Earlier, Herbert Chikomba snatched two wickets. Nikhil Dutta was the pick of Canada’s batsman, top-scoring with an unhurried 56 that included four fours.

Chasing a mere 193, Joylord Gumbie and Tarisai Musakanda got Zimbabwe’s chase off to a flying start by putting up 95 in 16 overs, but once the pair fell in successive deliveries, the team slowed down. From there on, Charles Kunje dropped anchor, scoring a patient 42 not out to take Zimbabwe home in 43.5 overs. He was supported by Kamunhukamwe & Jongwe. J Gumbie was top scorer with 49 which included four fours. TS Kamunhukamwe was eventually awarded man of the match.


Zimbabwe Under-19s: 193/4 in 43.5 overs (N Dutta 56, NR Kumar 36 ; H Chikomba 2/21, TS Kamunhukamwe 3/17) beat Canada Under-19s: 192/9 in 50 overs (J Gumbie 49, C Kunje 42*; N Dutta 1/22) by 6 wickets

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