A last minute withdrawal, has deprived Canada’s South Africa-born wicket-keeper batsman Captain Davy Jacobs from being at the the Edmonton Royals’ five-member Canadian player pool for this year’s GT20 Canada 2019 Tournament. The four other Canadians who are on the Royals’ roster are Indian-born batsman Navneet Dhaliwal, all-rounders Satsimranjit Dhindsa and Akash Gill along with medium-pacer Shahid Ahmadzai.

David Johan Jacobs (known as Davy; born 4 November 1982 in KlerksdorpTransvaal) initially played his Club Cricket for the Warriors and the Eagles South African League teams. In February 2015, he retired from cricket after playing in 91 first class matches in which he scored 5520 runs with 14 hundreds. He also played 106 matches with a strike rate of 81.27. Jacobs played 83 matches scoring 1707 runs at an average of 25.86 with eight half-century.

Davy Jacobs has also represented the South Africa A cricket team on several occasions. Captained the South African Emerging Squad to Australia, and also led the South African Sixes team to victory in the Hong Kong Sixes Tournament in 2009. He has also played for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He also represented Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in the 2013 Caribbean Premier League tournament in the Caribbean.

Having migrated and announced his return to professional cricket, he was very quickly drafted into the Canadian national senior team and in 2018 was appointed captain as part of Canada’s participation in the 2018 Caribbean Regional Super50 Competition. In April 2019, he was named as the captain of Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia.

Davy Jacobs is a prolific right-handed batsman who has made over 3000 first class runs at an average above 40 and a highest score of 218. He is also an outstanding wicket-keeper, and a natural born leader.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. Jacobs is currently head of Ontario Cricket Academy where he plays as player-cum-coach

Personal information
Full name David Johan Jacobs
Born 4 November 1982 (age 36)
KlerksdorpTransvaal
Batting Right-handed Batsman
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 91 106 83
Runs scored 5520 2591 1707
Batting average 36.80 29.44 25.86
100s/50s 14/28 1/18 0/8
Top score 218 101* 83
Catches/stumpings 144/4 98/8 39/8
Source: Cricinfo, 11 January 2017

Navneet Dhaliwal (born 10 October 1988) made his List A cricket debut in the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament for Canada against the Netherlands on 17 January 2015. In January 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two Tournament and in September 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Americas Qualifier tournament. He was the leading run-scorer for Canada in the tournament, with 83 runs in six matches.[5]

In October 2018, Dhaliwal was named in Canada's squad for the 2018–19 Regional Super50 tournament in the West Indies. He was again the leading run-scorer for Canada in the tournament, with 271 runs in six matches. In April 2019, he was named in Canada's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Namibia and emerged yet again as Canada’s Tournament leading run-scorer, with 219 runs in five matches.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament

Full name Navneet Singh Dhaliwal

Born October 10, 1988, Chandigarh, Punjab

Current age 30 years 275 days

Major teams Canada, Toronto Nationals

Playing role Middle-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

T20 Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
T20s 5 5 3 129 39* 64.50 119 108.40 0 0 7 1 1 0

T20 Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
T20s 5 1 6 15 0 - - - 15.00 - 0 0 0

 Satsimranjit Dhindsa (born 5 February 1991) made his List A cricket debut in the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament for Canada against the Netherlands on 17 January 2015. In January 2018, he was named in Canada's squad for the Two tournament.

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

Full name Satsimranjit Singh Dhindsa

Born February 5, 1991, India

Current age 28 years 157 days

Major teams Canada, Edmonton Royals

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

T20 Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
T20s 5 3 1 8 4 4.00 15 53.33 0 0 0 0 1 0

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
T20s 5 4 55 83 2 2/27 2/27 41.50 9.05 27.5 0 0 0

Akash Gill’s all rounder talents came to prominence when he notched the first century by a Canadian batsman in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup match. Gill’s 120 led Canada to victory by 80 runs in its 2018 ICC U19 World Cup encounter against Papua New Guinea. Gill hit 12 fours and two sixes as Canada scored 265 for eight after being put in to bat.

Gill also had two additional 50+ plus scores during the Tournament, 60 against Zimbabwe and 52 versus Namibia. With his right-arm medium paced bowling, Gill captured 12 wickets during the New Zealand hosted ICC U19 World Cup.

Akash Gill was selected by the Edmonton Royals for the June 2019 GT20 Canada Tournament Player Draft.

Full name Akashdeep Singh Gill

Born October 18, 1999, Mississauga, Ontario

Current age 19 years 267 days

Major teams Canada Under-19s

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Shahid Ahmadzai. Full name Shahid Ahmadzai

Born date unknown

Major teams Canada

 

Recent matches

Bat & Bowl        Team                   Opposition               Ground                              Match Date

2/29, 12              Canada   vs           U.S.A.                 King City (SW)               14 Sep 2017

3/32                     Canada   vs           U.S.A.                 King City (SW)               13 Sep 2017