Canada announce home international schedule
The CCA have confirmed the dates for Canada's home international fixtures upcoming later this month and into July. The announced fixtures include two Intercontinental Cup 4-day matches, as well as two ODIs and three 'other' one-day matches, featuring secondary Canadian sides.
The schedule kicks off with an Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands - the first match of the 2007/2008 tournament for both teams. That match begins on June 28, and ends on Canada Day, July 1. The new format of the tournament sees each team play 7 matches - 1 against each other side in the tournament - over a two-year span. Two ODIs will follow, being played back-to-back on July 3rd and 4th.
At the same time as the ODIs, the United Arab Emirates will play two one-day warm-up matches against a Canada A side. After a day off, UAE and Canada kick off an Intercontinental Cup match on July 6. The tour concludes with UAE taking on an Ontario XI in a one-dayer on July 11.
Venues have yet to be confirmed, but it is safe to assume that the majority of the matches will be played at the King City Cricket Ground, north of Toronto. There may also be some play at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.
The Canadian squad is yet to be announced, but Ashish Bagai is expected to continue in his new role as captain. Further changes from the World Cup squad are the retirements of George Codrington and Anderson Cummins. However, the rest of the squad is up in the air.