By Tony McWatt
The next three months, from October 202 through to January
2022 should prove to be a very busy period of activity for
Canada’s National cricketers. Canada’s Women’s, Men’s and
U19 cricketers will all be respectively busy, participating
in various International Cricket Council (ICC) hosted
First, up will be the Canadian National Women’s team in its quest to secure qualification to
next year’s ICC 2022 T2o Women’s World Cup. The Canadian National Women’s Squad,
comprised of fourteen players, Manager and Coach, will be traveling to Mexico, of all
places to participate in the ICC’s Americas Qualifier for the 2022 T20 World Cup. The
The squad will be departing Canada for Mexico on October 15. They are scheduled to return
on October 26, hopefully having emerged victorious at the Tournament to secure their
T20 World Cup qualification.
What a wonderful fillip that would indeed be for Canadian Women’s cricket. As such we
wish them every success. Our only request would be that individually they give of their
all, by playing to the very best of their God-given abilities.
From next month onwards through to the end of this year, Canada’s National Senior Men’s cricketers are scheduled to be
even busier than their female counterparts. Their first of two scheduled assignments will be to participate in the America’s
Qualifier for the ICC Men’s 2022 T20 World Cup. Although the ICC hasn’t as yet announced the actual dates and venue
for the Qualifier the word on the street from those who should be in the know, is that it will most likely be held in Antigua
towards the end of October.
What has actually been scheduled is the second round of matches in Group A of the 2019-2022 ICC Cricket World Cup
Challenge League, which forms part of the qualification pathway to the 2023 ICC World Cup. Having already been twice
postponed this year due to COVID, it was initially scheduled in March then rescheduled to September; it is now slated to be
held in Malaysia during November-December. Canada, which currently sits at the top of the points table following the 2019 first-round matches, will be competing against the National teams of Denmark, Qatar, Singapore, Vanuatu and of course, hosts Malaysia. The third and final round of the Challenge League for Canada and its Group A opponents is scheduled to be held next Summer. Canada is slated to host that tournament.
Should Canada manage to maintain its position as Tournament leaders and actually emerge as the overall winners, they
would then progress to the next round of ICC 2023 World Cup Qualification, which would be the Qualifier Playoff. There’s
therefore, a lot at stake and much to play for by Canada’s Senior Men’s National cricketers.
Even more so for Canada’s U19 cricketers who will be heading off in early January to some as yet unknown Caribbean
country to participate in the 2022 ICC U19 World Cup. The ICC is yet to announce the actual venues and match groupings
for the tournament at which Canada will be one of the 18 competing countries.
Busy times ahead indeed for our national cricketers. We wish them every success in their forthcoming assignments.
WICKETS SEPTEMBER, 2021