With the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship drawing closer, we take a look at the tournament favourites, Canada, as they look to make a mends for recent performances and assert their dominance over the Americas region.
The Canadian squad will be captained by Rizwan Cheema, who brings immense talent and a wealth of experience to the table. Cheema, a veteran of the team at 36, is an explosive top order batsman who has previously represented Canada at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, as well as a stint in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Cheema goes into the tournament full of confidence in his players "I am pleased with the squad we have for the tournament, it is a good mixture of youth and experience. We are confident if we play to our potential we will finish on top."
Some of this youth comes in the way of Nitish Kumar, who turns 21 in May, and has recently been selected to trial for a place in the Caribbean Premier League in 2015. Having already represented Canada at a World Cup, Kumar comes into the tournament looking to establish himself as a premier batsman in associate cricket.
Joining Kumar for trials in the Caribbean Premier League is off-spinner Nikhil Dutta. Dutta has previously represented Canada at the U19 World Cup and is looking to press his case a genuine all-rounder with his handy middle order batting.
The Canadian bowling attack will be spearheaded by Cecil Pervez, who had a breakout series at the recent WCL 2 in Namibia. Pervez?s ability to swing the ball both ways troubled many top order batsmen during the tournament, a trend he?s looking to continue in Indianapolis.
The tournament commences this Sunday where Canada play their opening fixture against Suriname at Indianapolis World Sports Park.