ODI revival inspires young cricketers in Canada

Reenergized youth gears up for T20 glory

KING CITY, Ont. - July 14 - Quebec team posing with the Championship cup. Spinner Padam Joshi was declared the MVP. Quebec beat British Columbia by 7 wickets to win the 2023 National Men T20 Championship Final. (Kashish Dhawan photo)  

KING CITY, Ont. – Team Canada’s recent reinstatement of One-Day International (ODI) status breathed new life into the young cricketing talent in this country. Even though the team fell short of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, it regained the ODI status by finishing in the top four at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff.

After losing its status in 2014, it became difficult for the Cricket body to keep the sponsors on board and motivate the young talent to continue playing amid other work commitments. But now, the destinies of these Canadian cricketers have turned. The team has joined the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 and will play ODI matches for the next four-year cycle.

The reinstatement validates the hard work of the national cricketing body and instils confidence in young players, fueling their dreams of representing their nation at the highest level. Canadian All-rounder Aaron Orlando Johnson believes this will bring new energy to cricket in this country.

“I feel privileged to be a part of the squad that brought the ODI status back to Canada,” he said in an interview with the Toronto Observer. “But we are not the ones that will benefit from this; it will motivate the young players to come out and play for Canada.”

With the Men’s T20 World Cup Americas qualifier coming up in September/October, Cricket Canada organized the National T20 Men’s Championship to select the squad to represent the country. The matches took place from July 10 to 14 at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City.

Ontario Cricket Board president Praim Persaud called this tournament a platform for senior cricket development in Canada and across the provinces.

“All the provinces come together to showcase their young talents,” he said. “It allows the selectors to identify the budding talent who can make their way into the national T20 squad.” 

In the finals, Quebec beat British Columbia by seven wickets to lift the championship trophy, and Ontario beat Alberta also by seven wickets to grab the third position. The tournament saw a renewed sense of purpose and determination as young cricketers like Padam Joshi, Harsh Thaker, Jagandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh were poised to make their mark in the dynamic world of T20 cricket. These youngsters, equipped with a solid understanding of the game, will form the backbone of the National T20 Squad, lending it a dynamic and competitive edge.

The future of cricket in Canada looks promising, and the Cricket body’s commitment to nurturing its players ensures that the sport will thrive and reach new heights within the nation and beyond.

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Posted: Jul 20 2023 10:47 am
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