Canada is a team with a rich history but an unforgettable recent past to prove in the ICC qualifier for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2019 in Dubai.
Although Canada has made its cricket world cup debut with the ICC men more than 40 years ago, it has not qualified for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup yet. They have already qualified for the T20 World Cup qualifier four times in the past, but have not yet made it to the next round. Can this change for the side that finished 24th in the ICC T20 team ranking of MRF Tires?
Canada’s confidence ahead of the T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 will be high after winning the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Regional Final in August to make it to the global event. They will enter the tournament with renewed hope and ambition, having scored five consecutive victories in so many T20Is this year. With an exciting mix of youth and experience in their ranks, Canada is well-positioned to make its best contribution to the tournament.
How did you get here?
Canada was behind the United States in the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Regional Qualifier 2018 and was in the first place due to a difference of 0.123 in net inflows. However, they did their best for the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Final earlier this year and topped the scoreboard with five wins in six games. They remained undefeated in the tournament, while their players led the charts for most runs and wickets in the competition.
T20 World Cup History
Canada has never participated in the T20 World Championship of the ICC Men but was part of four ODI World Championships (1979, 2003, 2011, 2015). Her campaigns in all four competitions ended after the group stage.
Navneet Dhaliwal: The Canadian skipper was the most prolific batsman in the Americas final, collecting 190 runs at 63.33 in five innings. He only had his T20I debut at the beginning of this year but has established himself as their key hitman. He is also a right-arm mid-pacemaker and has 14 international doors. Dhaliwal was in superb form ahead of the qualifier, scoring 417 runs in seven innings, including a century and three and a half centuries. He has an impressive batting average of 132.86 in T20I cricket.
One to watch
Dillon Heyliger: Since his T20I debut this August, Heylinger, a mid-paced right-arm pacemaker, is one of the wickets of Canada. He was her leading wicket-taker in the final in America and won 11 heads at an exceptional average of 10.09. He recorded two four-wicket moves in five games, while at the same time he was able to bowl with a saving rate of just 5.84. Heyliger has collected nine wickets in his last four outings for Canada.
20 October: v Jersey, Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi
21 October: v Nigeria, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
23 October: v Ireland, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
24 October: v Hong Kong, Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi
25 October: v Oman, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
27 October: v United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi