2010-10-13 17:40

Captain: Ashish Bagai

Number of World Cup Participations:

ODI Ranking: N/A

Coach: Pubudu Dassanayake

Cricket has long taken a back seat in Canada to the more traditional north American continental sports like baseball and ice-hockey. As an ICC Associate member since 1968, the country actually has a long history in cricket, with its first recorded match taking place against arch-rivals America in 1844. And the Canadian team is making headway against the tide, with the first real turnaround coming in the 2003 World Cup with a victory against Bangladesh.

Led by mainly Asian sub-continental naturalised Canadians, the team is beginning to show signs of its latent skills, with captain Ashish Bagai leading the way with the bat, and Canada's disciplined bowlers being led by Lahore-born fast bowler Khurram Chohan and medium-pacer Umar Bhatti.

It's current status means regular tournaments are played against smaller nations such as USA, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Ireland, with other match practice coming against opposition teams from the West Indian club and national championship format. Their current form is not terrible, with 4 wins in 11 ODIs in 2010. Despite some successes against Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup, the Canadians will hold out little hope of progressing further than the Group stages in 2011.

As a team they have not been without a few surprise weapons, not least of all all-rounder John Davison. Davison was born in Canada but played club and — occasionally — first class cricket in Australia, achieving a reputation as something of a journeyman. Taking advantage of his Canadian birth, he became a regular in the national squad. At the 2003 World Cup, Davison hit the fastest century in tournament history (100 off just 67 deliveries) against the West Indies in what was ultimately a losing cause.

One year later, in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the USA, he proved the difference between the two sides taking 17 wickets for 137 runs (the best haul in first-class cricket since England's Jim Laker took 19 wickets in 1956) as well as scoring 84 runs of his own. It's not certain that he'll participate in 2011, but if he does, the bowlers had better be on guard.


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