Bermuda and Canada set for series
The Canadian home season kicks off tomorrow as a Canadian side with new leadership prepare to take on a Bermuda squad that is quite similar to the one that has been competing for the past few years. The two teams will contest 3 One Day Internationals (on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday), as well as a four day Intercontinental Cup match, which will be contested from July 4-7.
Canada's side features their 4th captain in less than 2 years. Zubin Surkari takes control of the team, after stints from Sunil Dhaniram and Ashish Bagai last year, as Canada seek a permanent replacement for long-time skipper John Davison. Surkari is also Canada's first captain to have been born and raised in Canada. The selectors took this into account in his selection, as his full-time residence in Canada allows him to better communicate with team members throughout the year.
The rest of the Canadian squad is split between returning players and new faces. Qaiser Ali (who will vice-captain the side), former captain and standout wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai, Geoff Barnett, Trevin Bastiampillai, Ian Bilcliff, Sunil Dhaniram, Abdool Samad, and Steve Welsh return, as do the formidable opening bowling duo of Henry Osinde and Umar Bhatti. They are joined by new team members Harvir Singh Baidwan, Abdus Sami Faridi, and Eion Katchay. The Canadian coach - formerly the interim coach - is Pubudu Dassanyake.
The traveling contingent from Bermuda will be led by coach Gus Logie and captain Irving Romaine, who will be assisted by vice-captain Rodney Trott. The rest of the squad is comprised of Stephen Outerbridge, Jekon Edness, Chris Foggo, Ryan Steede, James Celestine, McLaren Smith, Tamauri Tucker, Samuel Robinson, George O'Brien, Oronde Bascombe, Kyle Hodsoll, Dennico Hollis, and Dwayne Leverock. Stefan Kelly will be joining the team late, expected to arrive on July 1.
Canada's season continues with an Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland from July 16-19, before shipping off to Ireland for the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying tournament, as well as an Intercontinental Cup match and an ODI against Ireland. Bermuda will host Scotland from July 10-13, and will also participate in the Twenty20 qualifier, before heading to the Netherlands for two ODIs. Both sides will then reconvene in Toronto from August 22-28 for a tri-series between Canada, Bermuda, and the West Indies.
All the matches in this first series will be played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario, a 20 minute drive north of the City of Toronto. The matches are scheduled to begin at 10:00 am EDT (local), 14:00 GMT.