York lift first CIMA trophy

York University captain Arul Raja (right) smiles as he holds the CIMA University Cricket championship trophy. Looking on is Hassan Jamil (left), who won the Best Batsman award. By Eddie Norfolk York University squeezed to a win against University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus with one ball to spare in the first CIMA University Cricket Championship final at Sunnybrook Park, Toronto, last month. The...

Valley Park ‘Go Green’ sports facility opens

At the crowded official ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Premier Kathleen Wynne. By Eddie Norfolk Special to Desi Express The Go Green multisport “field of dreams” at Valley Park Middle School, Toronto was officially opened earlier this month, with various activities, including a cricket match, a baseball clinic and a basketball skills and development clinic. The ground opening events, speeches and...

Mayor’s school cricket contest brings out fresh talent

Tony Velaidum (second from right), Canadian Tire Vice President Operational Finance, and CIBC General Manager Keith Adamson (far right) joining Mayor John Tory at the Mayor’s School Cricket GTA Finals prize distribution. By A Staff Reporter Toronto Mayor John Tory and City staff hosted the fifth annual Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament finals at Sunnybrook Park last weekend. “The Mayor’s School...

Canada advances to ICC’s Global Twenty20 Qualifier

By Eddie Norfolk Special to Desi Express Canada won all six Twenty20 games to capture the Pepsi ICC Americas Division One championship that ended in Indianapolis last month. Canada’s two wins against each of hosts USA, Bermuda and Suriname secured a place for Canada in July’s Pepsi ICC Global Twenty20 Qualifier. The Global Qualifier is the gateway for ICC Associate and Affiliate countries to the...

Indo-Pak cricketing ties set to resume shortly?

By Veturi Srivatsa New Delhi — There has never been or never will be a right time in the foreseeable future for India and Pakistan to play cricket bilaterally. It has always been a political gambit and it is once again, the cacophonic discussions on television channels notwithstanding. The sound bytes certainly convey that the Narendra Modi government, like the NDA dispensation under Atal Behari...

Rahane, Nair star in Royals win

Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane in action during an IPL-2015 match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on May 3, 2015. (Photo: Nitin Lawate/IANS) Mumbai — Ajinkya Rahane (91 in 54 balls) and Karun Nair (61 from 38 balls) helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) register their sixth win of the season, beating Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 14 runs in the...

Gambhir pledges support to late cricketer’s family

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in action during a recent IPL-2015 match. New Delhi — Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will extend support to late Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri’s family, team skipper Gautam Gambhir has said. Former Bengal Under-19 captain Keshri, who sustained a head injury in an on-field collision with a fellow fielder while taking a catch last week, died in a private...

60 days of IPL cricket fever grips Indian fans

Chennai Super Kings player Irfan Pathan during a practice session for the upcoming IPL matches. Kolkata — Round-the-clock monitoring by CCTV cameras, strict check on movement around players’ dressing rooms with hundreds of policemen posted in and around the stadium — these are only some of the elaborate security arrangements city police have put in place for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier...

Windies could have upset India: Clive Lloyd

Indian fans waving the tricolour at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during an ICC World Cup 2015 match between India and South Africa. India won match after putting up 307/7 off their allotted 50 overs and then skittling out the Proteas for 177 in just 40.2 overs. The Indians however lost in the semi-finals to this year’s ultimate World Cup champs Australia. Perth — West Indies’ chairman of...

Winter cricket for colts

By Eddie Norfolk Special to Desi Express Winners… Canadian School of Cricket Team 3 Canadian School of Cricket Team 3 (above) beat Markham Cricket Academy Team 1 (below) in the inaugural Under-15 Kings Cup indoor cricket tournament at the Sorkkam cricket centre, on Feb 14. The Canadian SC Team 3 made 81 runs in the final to beat Markham CA Team 1 by 12 runs. Nine teams participated in the qualifying...