Cricket Canada is pleased to release its 14 man touring squad for the ICC Intercontinental Cup and ODI tour of Ireland, which commences 13 September 2011
The squad, led by Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra, will depart Toronto on September 8th for Dublin after playing a 2-day warm-up match in Toronto on September 6th and 7th at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City.
In partnership with the Cricket Ireland and the International Cricket Council, both ODI's in the series (September 19th & 20th) will be streamed LIVE on gocricketgocanada.com.
Back in the touring squad is 17-year-old batting phenom Nitish Kumar, who missed Canada's August home series with Afghanistan while representing Canada u19 at the Global u19 Qualifiers.Kumar, having relocated to the UK, where he will study at Repton School in Derbyshire, is joined by some of Canada's equally outstanding young talent in wicket keeper batsmen Hamza Tariq and Usman Limbada, both fresh off match winning partnerships in the Etihad Summer Festival. Making his first official senior team tour selection is 19 year old British Columbia seamer, Manny Aulakh.
Aulakh was the leading wicket taker at the Global u19 World Cup Qualifiers in Ireland and recently helped lead his domestic provincial side to the National League T20 Western Division title in Edmonton.
Aulakh will join the usual suspects of Canada's experienced seam quartet, consisting of Henry Osinde, Khurram Chohan, Harvir Baidwan, and batting all-rounder Rizwan Cheema.
Chohan and Baidwan both spent much of their summer's in UK conditions playing league cricket in Yorkshire and Sussex respectively.
Amarbir Hansra (Captain) BC, Rizwan Cheema (Vice Captain) ON, Harvir Baidwan ON, Usman Limbada ON, Hamza Tariq AB, Henry Osinde ON, Hiral Patel ON, Junaid Siddiqui ON, Zeeshan Siddiqui MB, Ruvindu Gunasekera ON, Khurram Chohan AB, Maninder Aulakh BC, Nitish Kumar ON, Zahid Hussain ON. Interim Coach: Ingleton LiburdManager: Johnny BujanPhysio: Jason Israelski