Canadian coach calls for calm
Canada lost both matches while posting totals of 75 off 28.5 overs and 157-9 off 49 overs against eventual winners Zimbabwe and Bermuda respectively. It was the first time in almost seven months that the majority of the players had competed outdoors.
'The batsmen have got to place a far greater value on their wicket if we are going to do well,' Pick said on his arrival back in Toronto on Sunday. 'The encouraging thing is that the players have ability and talent. I can see that. They however have to learn that they don't need to take massive risks earlier on in their innings by having a swing and leaving the rest of the work for the batsmen to follow. The thought process has to be different and they have to bat for 50 overs.'
Canada suffered three run outs in the first game against Zimbabwe which they lost by 143 runs while utilizing just 29 of their allotted 50 overs.
'After that match, we discussed how we were going to approach the next game,' Pick added. 'Again, the batsmen played with gay abandon. That was the most discouraging part of the tour for me.'
Canada succumbed to Bermuda by three wickets in the rain-affected game. Bermuda, pursuing 158 for victory in 49 overs, was set a revised target of 150 from 44 runs.
Pick singled out vice-captain George Codrington for his leadership at the crease, saying he batted with ‘great care and application'. The former Barbados Under-19 captain topscored with an unbeaten 45 off 75 balls to help his team recover from 91-8 in the 34th over to 157-9.
Codrington along with fellow all-rounder Player of the Year Don Maxwell did not play in the first match against Zimbabwe.
'We knew what both of them could do and we wanted to have a look at the two young players (Stuart Heaney and Geoff Barnett),' said Pick. 'Stuart is a quality player who will score a lot of runs when he gets comfortable in the line-up. Geoff, on the other hand, seems to have a good idea of what he wants to do.'
The Australia-based Heaney and Barnett, who was born in New Zealand, made their Canadian debuts in the triangular series. Heaney will spend this summer in Toronto as the player/coach at Toronto Cricket Club while Barnett, whose mother is Canadian, will represent Meraloma Cricket Club in the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League.
Pick said the bowlers performed impressively in both matches, including skipper John Davison who took 3-18 off nine overs against Bermuda and medium-pacer Henry Osinde who conceded 19 runs off seven overs while taking a wicket in the same match that was played on a new pitch that possessed pace and bounce.
'Henry bowled with speed and control in that game,' Pick pointed out. 'He really bowled very well.'
The Ugandan-born Osinde, who five years ago became the first African to play in the TDCA league, was a participant at last year's International Cricket Council (ICC) inaugural Winter Training Camp in South Africa.
Canada's next engagement will be at home against Bermuda and Kenya in a One-day International triangular series from August 5-21.