John Davison to lead Canada in Carib World Cup

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Toronto:The selectors of the Canada have decided to stick with the tried and tested players in the 15-member squad for next month's Caribbean World Cup.

Veteran batsman John Davison will lead the only team from Americas' in the sport's mega event. Former Windies paceman Anderson Cummins and wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai are the other core players in the team.

Canadian coach Andy Pick speaking to the reporters said, "I'm happy with the team component and selectors did a good job in picking the best 15 available in the country."

Even though Canada are rank outsiders for next month's World Cup in Windies, Pick believes his side are capable of pulling off an upset or two.

"I'm happy that if we play our best game we will put a lot of pressure on (Group C rivals) England and New Zealand because we have some good players," the former Nottinghamshire bowler said.

Kenya is the other team in the Group.

"We are not focusing a huge amount on England or New Zealand, or Kenya for that matter," said Pick. "The only thing we can possibly do and have a certain amount of control over is how we play."

To qualify from the group would be a "massive, massive success," said Pick.

He added that Canada would take a lot of confidence from a recent win over Kenya in a tri-series tournament in Africa.

"Kenya is a big game for us and we would like to come out on top in that one," said Pick. "If we lose the other two, so be it."

Canada start their campaign against Kenya in St Lucia on March 14.

The Squad

John Davison (capt), Qaiser Ali, Ashish Bagai (wk), Geoff Barnett, Umar Bhatti, Ian Billcliff, desmond Chumney, Austin Codrington, George Codrington, Anderson Cummins, Sunil Dhaniram, Ashif Mulla, Henry Osinde, Abdool Samad and Kevin Sandher. Coach: Andy Pick


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