New experience helping young Canadian

Thu, Jan 28, 2010 1:52 PM

Usman Limbada, a rock in Canada's middle order, has found his experience in New Zealand hugely beneficial for his cricketing career.

He has missed out in a couple of innings during the tournament, but showed his potential scoring 90 against Zimbabwe which "felt pretty good" he said. He also contributed a solid knock of 21 in Canada's final outing against Papua New Guinea in the play-off for 11th place.

The talented right-handed batsman, who models his game on Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, has been in good form for his national U19 side. He top scored for Canada at the global qualifier tournament on home soil last year, including a century against Vanuatu.

The huge difference in conditions at the U19 CWC has been noticed by Limbada and it is a learning curve for him, and can only better him as a cricketer, he believes. "Over here the ball moves in the air, it swings and the pitches are different. Back home you wouldn't see it that often. It's a good experience."

Being in New Zealand has given the Canadian players a great opportunity to learn from other teams at the tournament. Limbada said it's been helpful because they can learn how the larger test-playing nations operate.

"It's our first world cup for most of us and playing against players that are going to be playing at international levels very soon, it's good to play around those guys," he said.

Limbada also expects the team's efforts at this series will help to strengthen Canadian cricket in the longer term, giving them valuable experience to help them compete more strongly with the test-playing nations.

The 20-year-old from Toronto has a strong ambition to play for the Canada national side. "I see myself playing in the national team and playing for a while," he said, adding that he plans to work hard to make sure that he can cement himself in the team in the near future.

Outside of cricket Limbada likes to relax and do just about anything "as long as it's nothing about cricket," he said, adding that he just likes to clear his head so that he can stay focused.

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