Canada to promote cricket amongst schools

Wed, Feb 3, 2010 5:30 PM

Cricket Canada plans to promote cricket across schools in a bid to develop young local talent and reduce the senior side’s dependencies on expats.

Ranjit Saini, Interim CEO of Cricket Canada said to Cricinfo: "We want it to become huge, much bigger than it was - 150 schools are currently involved and over the next couple of years we would want 1000 to 1500 schools to be involved, we want a wider pool of players to pick from and identify and channel into an elite order."

"To get up to 1500 schools, we would need $100,000 to $150,000 a year and I think that's realistic. We could get many sponsors involved, in each local area and make the programmes a real community event, which could attract community sponsors."

"We are in talks with many agents, and what comes out of that we don't know yet, but schools will be a major focus. This is a new time for cricket here and we are a new Cricket Canada," he added.

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