Cricket Canada media release
Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the following squad for the upcoming ICC America's Division One Championship in Bermuda May 28th to June 6th, 2010:
National team head coach Pubudu Dassanayake was pleased with the squad and will be looking for the team to return the America's championship trophy to Canada stating "...we have just come out of a tough tour of the West Indies and are looking to build up into the WCL Division 1 and continue on into the World Cup. Our expectation for this team is high and we are looking to reassert ourselves in the region."
Dassanayake will hand the team over to former Canadian captain and current Cricket Operations Officer Ingleton Liburd for this tour. Dassanayake will be participating in the upcoming Cricket Australia Conference June 1-3 in Australia. This annual conference involves the majority of Australia's full-time state and national coaching, sports science and sports medicine staff.
Second Vice President Vimal Hardat backed Liburd to do well with the team, "...Ingleton Liburd is one of our all time great players and we feel very comfortable handing over the reigns to him for this tour...the expectation will be high but we are confident he can deliver."
There are a few changes in the team itself, most notably is the absence of Ashish Bagai. Bagai is being rested ahead of what is to be a grueling push to the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Bagai's absence puts Vice-captain Rizwan Cheema in charge of the team. Cheema deputized earlier this year for Bagai during the tour of Sri Lanka. "...with Ashish unavailable for this tour we are looking to (Rizwan) Cheema and Chohan to lead this team to a good performance... we have confidence in our young players to perform in this competition but are looking to see some good contributions from the senior players as well..." said Chris James, chairman of senior selectors, upon release of the squad.
Training camp has started in Toronto and the team will leave on May 27th for Bermuda.