Canada urge BCCI to lend expertise

Published: Friday, August 22, 2008, 14:29 [IST]
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Toronto: Canada, the ICC Associate-member country, has urged Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lend expertise so as to develop the sport in the country.

"Canada needs expertise of Indian coaches and Test players to help the country in achieving excellence in this game," Cricket Canada, CEO, Atul Ahuja said after hosting a reception for cricketers participating in the ICC Associates tri-series being held here.

He said the the cash-rich BCCI should appreciate it that it was in the interest of cricket to invest in neutral country like Canada so that Cricket could be played in all seasons.

Ahuja said cricket was now an industry and no longer a game. Canada was facing huge shortage of Test level coaches that offer huge opportunities for retiring Test players and Canada could be looked upon to provide second opportunity.

He said West Indies is the only Test playing country that is participating in the first one-day international tri-series with teams including Canada and Bermuda.

Canada is hosting the West Indies and Bermuda for the tri-series-first of its kind in North American nation. The matches will be held in King City, which also hosted the ICC Intercontinental ties recently, from Aug 18-24.

Aussie umpire Darrell Hair and Bermudan Roger Dill will officiate as umpires. Ranjan Madugalle was named as match referee.


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