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Canada making new league? With a baseball player?

3 international players and 1 baseball player?

But I like the 4 city based teams…… for once they are trying to create a single league covering all of Canada. I dont know the authenticity of this link

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  1. Rich B
    January 3, 2008 at 4:32 am

    If this is genuine (it’s a pretty elaborate fake if not) there’s much to be optimistic about here.

    For a country which took one sole Canadian-born player on its last international tour, a concerted effort to win more fans has to be applauded.

    Equally, like Kenya’s new regional league, it should be a good platform for assessing the strengths of players for the national team, as well as being good practice for them.

  2. Chris
    January 3, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Well any new league effort is to be applauded.

    The idea of including baseball players (4 in all since there would be four teams) is intriguing. It might garner the interest of the fans of those 4 baseball players included, although I suspect that they would be minor league baseball players as opposed to major stars.

    If the site is authentic, and it looks to be, it is also erroneous. They quote Atul Ahuja (CEO of Canadian Cricket Association) as saying that the first international test match was between Canada and the USA in 1844: Most people think the first international Test match was played between England and Australia in 1877. But records show it was a three-day match between Canada and the US on Sept 25-27 in 1844 at St George’s Club in New York which we (Canada) won by 23 runs.

    I couldn’t understand how he came to that conclusion. Certainly the first international match was between the USA and Canada in 1844, but the first match that was considered a test match was the England v. Australia one in 1877 (and even then it was only called a test match retrospectively after the term “test match” came into use).

  3. January 4, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Nasir, Why they want a Baseball Player in each team?

  4. January 5, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I am assuming that its a high profile baseball player to raise the profile of the league….

  5. Chris
    January 5, 2008 at 7:24 am

    But how are they going to get a high profile baseball player? Most high profile baseball players in Canada are in a Major League Baseball team (which like some other sports covers the United States and Canada) and I would have thought that in Canada at least baseball and cricket would have almost the same season (when it isn’t freezing). But’ I guess we shall see who they get to pick. Should be interesting though.

  6. January 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

    The salary that a Major League Baseball player, and even a player at the top level of the minor leagues, makes is going to dwarf any offer that this proposed league could make.

  7. Rich B
    January 5, 2008 at 11:35 am

    The interview says the ‘baseball’ thing is just a marketing strategy (publicity stunt) – probably just the thing to get the tournament on the back pages of the papers, even if it doesn’t materialise.

    You do that to get an audience with the wider public, and recruit a few fairly prominent Indian and West Indian players to get the expat audience to own it.

    It might not work, but if it can pay for itself and attract some 4 figure crowds it will be a fair success.

  8. Cuen Lucas
    January 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

    The one potential benefit of having a baseball player is that you are creating a situation where you have someone who now knows both sports. If one of those players really take to cricket, then it becomes easier to teach people who are baseball fans about cricket. I’m grasping at straws here, but you never know…

  9. Canadian fan
    January 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    While efforts to raise the profile and standards of Canadian cricket are to be applauded, and they are right to look at tapping into the dying baseball market here, there are some serious hurdles for a project like this.

    Canada can’t even afford to bring it’s national team together for training. How will it fly club players 4,000 miles across country for a game of park cricket every week?

    Who can afford to take the time off to play these games? What will happen to the existing leagues and provincial games when the players are taken out?

    Cricket Canada doesn’t own any grounds. Where will it play these games, when existing league games are scheduled? There are only a couple of grass wickets in the country, and cricket is typically played in uncut meadows – usually baseball diamonds – with garbage bins for boundary markers.

    When the West Indies played in Canada, only 300 people turned up to watch. Nobody watches park cricket. Even international cricket isn’t broadcast in Canada, so how will park cricket be telecast in five continents? How will sponsors gain back their funds?

    How can a baseballer seriously play top level cricket? How will they get away from their own league schedules? Will they really be accepted in expat cricket teams, when the typical reaction here is to pick a fight with baseballers?

    Where will they find three international cricketers of any standing for each team? How will they pay them?

    Competative cricket in Canada is entirely made up of expats from the Caribbean and south Asia, with a smattering of Aussies on the west coast. How will clashes between these players attract anybody in the Canadian mainstream, when it so spectacularly fails to do so currently?

    There is an existing provincial competition. Typically, the captains don’t know if their players bat or bowl till they see them in the field. Why would this league be any different? How will it free itself from the political bickering over selection?

    The US tried a similar league a few years ago, with much more money, a larger audience, and a number of washed up expats from the Caribbean and south Asia. It folded very quickly.

    If every schoolkid in the country was playing and following this sport, and their parents loved to take them to games, and the broadcasters were selling advertising from it, then yes, it would be a great idea.

    Unfortunately, as honourable and good the intentions are, I just can’t see it working in the current climate. The exception is the academies, which is a terrific idea.

    Some much cheaper and better ways of raising the profile and standards of Canadian cricket would be:

    To put indoor cricket sets in every school – less than 25$ a pop.

    To get a major net centre in all these cities – preferably in school gyms, so kids can use them.

    To get ICC coaches out here running regular coaching courses for gym teachers and clubs, getting them coaching certificates.

    To meet with CBC, spell out the demographics and demand, and convince them to put cricket highlights on TV, even if it is 30 minutes long.

    To meet with the pay per view companies, and get them to offer cricket series packages. At the moment, the broadcasters simply don’t know what cricket is, or when the next series is on.

    To put a stop to the racism and fighting that is rife in existing leagues, by making teams mix up their ethnicities.

    To force clubs to start youth and women’s policies.

    To work with local authorities to release unused baseball fields, and convert them for public cricket.

    To ensure proper facilities at club level – boundary ropes, lawnmowers to cut the knee-high outfields, safe nets. The current system of beer bottles for boundaries leads to fights every ten overs. The grass is so high, no child can compete. The net facilities of raw concrete for two thirds of the wicket are dangerous.

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