Home ground will be an advantage for Canada U/19s: Bhatti
Thu, Jul 9, 2009 12:49 PM
Rustam Bhatti, Canada's U/19 captain, believes playing on home ground will be an added advantage for the team at the ICC Americas U/19 Regional Qualifier after celebrating two big wins in the opening days of the event.
Canada defeated Cayman Islands by ten wickets on the first day while Day Two saw a nine-wicket over Bahamas by the home team.
How has the team prepared for the event?
Due to Canada's size and the fact that we draw players from across the country, we have not had many games together as a team. Though we are a bit short on match practice, we have been playing well in our domestic leagues and have trained all winter for this event. We also had a training camp in May which brought the group together so we feel we are ready.
Who are your key players in the team?
As a team, we believe that we all have to work together to achieve our goals since cricket is a team game. However, I would expect Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Arsalan Qadir and myself to play a major role in the team.
How popular is cricket in your country?
Over the past decade, cricket in Canada has grown immensely and it still continues to grow. Hosting events such as this will continue to raise the game's profile in this country.
Do you dream of playing in the World Cup?
We wouldn't be playing the game if our goal wasn't to be in the World Cup.
Will playing on your home ground prove to be an added advantage?
Though we haven't played together as a team yet, playing on home ground will be an advantage since most of us play domestically here. It will also be a big boost to have our supporters at the grounds cheering us on.
You were placed second in the last two editions of the tournament. Will you be looking forward to improve on your chances in this edition?
If we don't win this tournament, we will fall short of our ultimate goal - which is to participate in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup!