Mix of Experience And Youth Among Montreal Tigers’ Canadians!

The Montreal Tigers selection of Nikhil Dutta, Dillon Heyliger, Arslan KhanBhupinder Singh and Yax Patel as the Franchise’s Canadians for this year’s GT20 Canada Tournament is an interesting mix of experience and youth. The Tigers will be hoping that the Canadians make full use of their provided playing opportunities with inspired performances to help improve on its bottom of the table record at the end of the 2018 Inaugural GT20 Season.

Kuwait born Nikhil Dutta (born 13 October 1994) is a right-handed batsman who also bowls right-arm off spin. Dutta made his One Day International debut for Canada against Kenya in March 2013.

He was originally included in Canada's squad for the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament in July 2015, but he chose to stay with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

Dutta played for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 2015 Caribbean Premier League; he played in three matches with his most notable wicket being former-England international Kevin Pietersen. Later that year, Dutta was signed by the Barisal Bulls, one of the six teams playing in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League. He played one game, taking 3/18.

In January 2018, he played in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two Tournament, ending up as Canada's leading bowler, with 11 wickets.

In September 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier Tournament. In October 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies. In April 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia.

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament. In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.

Full name Nikhil Dutta

Born October 13, 1994, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Current age 24 years 276 days

Major teams Canada, Americas Under-15s, Barisal Bulls, Canada Under-15s, Canada Under-19s, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Toronto Nationals

Nickname Nick

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
First-class 1 2 2 29 27* - 110 26.36 0 0 3 0 0 0
List A 31 25 4 288 38 13.71 633 45.49 0 0 10 5 8 0
T20s 4 1 1 9 9* - 7 128.57 0 0 1 0 0 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 1 1 36 31 0 - - - 5.16 - 0 0 0
First-class 1 1 138 86 2 2/86 2/86 43.00 3.73 69.0 0 0 0
List A 31 31 1468 975 37 4/52 4/52 26.35 3.98 39.6 1 0 0
T20s 4 4 90 108 5 3/18 3/18 21.60 7.20 18.0 0 0 0

 Dillon Heyliger

Guyanese born Dillon Heyliger (born 21 October 1989) made his List A debut for Canada in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament on 8 February 2018.

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament. In September 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier tournament.[5]

In October 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies. In April 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. The genesis of his earlier playing days saw him representing Guyana at all the junior levels, including once with a Guyana Under-15 team during a tour to England.

He was also a member of the National T20 squad without getting a game. Those inclusions and experiences have helped to equip him with the ideal temperament suited for the shortest form of the game.

Full name Dillon Heyliger

Born October 21, 1989, Suddie, Essequibo, Guyana

Current age 29 years 268 days

Major teams Canada, Guyana, Montreal Tigers

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
List A 14 12 4 116 29* 14.50 135 85.92 0 0 10 4 1 0

 Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
List A 14 14 501 422 13 4/41 4/41 32.46 5.05 38.5 1 0 0

 Arslan Khan

Born April 16 1999 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s Arslan Sher Khan has made an impressive rise up the batting rankings in both Canadian Youth Cricket and the ICC U19 World Cup levels within the past 5 years. Until he turned 20 in April of this year, he was ranked as one of Canada’s top U19 players. In fact, with 427 runs in 12 innings with an average of 47.23, Arslan Khan still holds the record as Canada’s highest ever run scorer in U19 World Cup history.

That outstanding achievement occurred as result of Arslan’s outstanding performances in successive ICC U19 World Cups; the 2016 Bangladesh hosted Championships along with the 2018 Tournament that was held in New Zealand. Arslan was actually captain of the Canadian U19 Team at the New Zealand hosted ICC 2018 U19 World Cup. Canada secured victories over Namibia and Papua New Guinea before eventually falling to the West Indies in the Plate 2 semi-final. Prior to the World Cup the Arlsan led Canadian U19’s had also toured Australia for a training camp and warm up matches.

Arslan Khan started playing cricket at the age of 11. His obvious talents quickly led to his selection as a national player to represent Canada in the Bermuda hosted 2014 ICC Americas U17 Tournament. Arlslan’s highest score during the Tournament was a belligerent 81 against Bermuda. His aggressive batting during that innings earned him the title of “Little Dominator” as was bestowed by Bermuda’s national newspaper.

Later that year ArsIan was also selected as 1 of the 5 Canadian players that represented ICC Americas for the 2014 Caribbean Premier League try-outs. In 2015, he was selected to represent Canada once again in the ICC Americas U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which was held in Bermuda.

Arslan’s highest score of 94 against Bermuda, earned him Player of the Match honors and contributed to his impressive 47.00 Tournament average, earning him further Bermuda media accolades as “Canada’s brick wall!” Canada remained undefeated and thereby qualified for the 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. With an aggregate of 181 runs and an impressive 45.25 average, Arslan again emerged as Canada’s the highest run scorer during the Bangladesh hosted ICC 2016 U19 World Cup.

Arslan was also a member of the Canadian squad, which participated in the West Indies U19 Regional Championship. His highest score was 43 against Barbados. He also earned the praise of the former West Indies fast bowling legend Courtney Walsh, who complemented him on his batting technique.

Full name Arslan Sher Khan

Born April 16, 1999, Toronto, Ontario

Current age 20 years 91 days

Major teams Canada Under-19s

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Recent matches

Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
24 Canada U19 v Zim U19 Rangiora 28 Jan 2018 YODI # 1198
0/8, 31 Canada U19 v W Indies U19 Lincoln 26 Jan 2018 YODI # 1193
35, 0/24 Canada U19 v PNG U19 Lincoln 22 Jan 2018 YODI # 1182
21* Canada U19 v England U19 Queenstown 20 Jan 2018 YODI # 1180
0/20, 72 Canada U19 v Namibia U19s Lincoln 18 Jan 2018 YODI # 1173
0/26, 63 Canada U19 v B'desh U19 Lincoln 15 Jan 2018 YODI # 1165
1/16, 27 Canada U19 v Kenya U19 Christchurch 9 Jan 2018 Other OD
0/29, 52 Canada U19 v USA U19 Toronto 23 Jul 2017 Other OD
1/2, 8* Canada U19 v Bermuda U19 King City (SE) 22 Jul 2017 Other OD
74, 3/9 Canada U19 v Bermuda U19 King City (SE) 19 Jul 2017 Other OD

Yax Patel received his initial exposure to GT20 Canada as a net bowler for both the Montreal Tigers and the Edmonton Royals. The left arm spinner impressed renowned Coach Tom Moody with his impressive demonstrated skills in capturing several wickets including those of Andre Fletcher. Luke Ronchi and Sunil Narine.

Patel views himself as an all-rounder, capable of holding his own as a middle-order batsman and more than worth his weight as a left–arm spinner who includes the chinaman in his repertoire. He is also reputed to be an excellent fielder.

Patel started playing his cricket when he was just 10 years old. He played u-12 domestic cricket in India, then moved to Canada at the age of 14 and started playing local tournaments from that point onwards.

Yax Patel currently resides in Edmonton and plays his domestic cricket in the Alberta Cricket Leagues.

India born (September 17, 1994) Bhupinder Singh represented the Punjab U-16 and was its captain for a full year. He also captained the Punjab U19 for 3 years and was a four year member of the Senior Kotach Shield Team.  Singh played for India's U-19 North Zone and was good enough to be invited to a ZCA Camp organised by the BCCI. He played District cricket for 5-6 years.

Having immigrated to Canada Bhupinder Singh now plays for the Cosmos Cricket Club. During 2018 he was with Pakcan Cricket Club and was also a GT20 Draft pick. Singh has played many tournaments in Canada and had some good batting performances. One of his best innings was in a Tournament Final where he scored a whirlwind 73 of off only 15 balls.