We want to be the number one Americas team: Bagai

Sun, May 23, 2010 2:00 PM

We want to be the number one Americas team: Bagai
Ashish Bagai, skipper of Canada, is confident that the team will come out on top once again in the Americas with a successful performance in the Pepsi ICC Americas World Cricket League Division 1 in Bermuda later this month.

Canada began training for the event in late April following its tour of Jamaica. It had a busy training schedule ahead in the lead up to the tournament with an intensive fitness regime over the next few weeks.

Bagai said: "I am very confident that we will emerge as the number one team in the Americas with a successful Division 1 tournament. Canada has led the way for the Americas in the last few years and we intend to continue that with consistent performances in this tournament."

"We have a few good players on our team. For batting, we look forward to Rizwan Cheema giving us a good start up the order. As for bowling, our four seamers Henry Osinde, Umar Bhatti, Khurram Chouhan and Harvir Baidwan all have the potential to do damage on their day. Our team's strength lies in our seam bowling attack. It has experience and variety, two key ingredients in any form of cricket."

"However, our weakness has been our batting over the last year or so and our ability to continuously put up high scores against quality bowling attacks. Fielding is also an area that we are continually trying to improve," he added.

Canada has emerged as one of the strongest Associate teams with memorable performances in recent times including its 60-run win over Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 and a runners-up finish in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2009 which earned it a spot in the ICC CWC 2011 in the sub-continent.

Bagai is extremely excited about the prospect of playing in his third CWC campaign and said: "Our preparations are on-going. We have ten months to go and a lot of work needs to be done in that time if we are to compete well against the best in the world but I know that the team cannot wait to show the world what it is capable of."

"Prior to this we have to focus on the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 in the Netherlands but we are confident that we can get those things right and repeat our performance in the ICC CWC Qualifiers 2009. There is no doubt that we will be going to that tournament to win it."

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