Heyliger, Montfort in Canadian squad for Barbados tour

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Guyanese Dilon Heyliger and Mark Montfort have been included in the Canada senior men’s squad, set to tour Barbados from December 8 to 17 as part of preparations for the upcoming World Cricket League Division Two tournament.Dilon HeyligerThe team will depart here next Saturday and after two days of practice will play four matches against a University of West Indies Select XI on December 11, 12, 14 and 15.Heyliger, a former Guyana T20 player who also represented his homeland at both the Under-15 and 19 levels, turned out for Brampton Masters in last season’s Toronto District Cricket Association (TDCA) Super 9 tournament, while all-rounder Montfort, the son of former long-standing umpire Peter Montfort, plays for the same club.The former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) first division all-rounder, who was also selected in the Guyana T20 squad in 2011 despite not being part of the playing 11, said the experience was quite electrifying and satisfying. “I decided to build on the success of Guyana’s cricket and move on to gain some international experience.”Before migrating to Canada, Montfort also played first division cricket for the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) under the guidance of former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner and later chairman of selectors, Clyde Butts.The touring party is: Nitish Kumar (captain), Bhavindu Adhihetty, Navneet Dhaliwal, Arslan Khan, Rizwan Cheema, Varun Sehdev, Mark Montfort, Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger, Ammar Khalid, Cecil Pervez, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Junaid Siddiqui, Saad Zafar, Umair Ghani, Hamza Tariq, Head coach Ingleton Liburd, Assistant coach Henry Osinde, Asst coach/analyst Daulat KhanMeanwhile, according to a release from Cricket Canada, the body has pledged to commit to the Coaching Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaching Movement. The release pointed out that Cricket Canada pledges “to align our practices with Phase 1 of the Responsible Coaching Movement and we are committed to ensuring that our athletes and coaches are protected.”The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sport organisations and coaches. The RCM is a call to action for organisations to implement realistic change based on their individual state of readiness.The release further disclosed that “the RCM is the result of extensive ongoing consultation with the Canadian Sport Community. These consultations will guide the different phases of the RCM that will address the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.“Cricket Canada is planning to adopt a safe sport policy, following the principles of the Responsible Coaching Movement and encourages all members to do the same.”last_img read more

Mourinho wants Chelsea target, Mkhitaryan confidence and more Man United gossip

first_imgJose Mourinho is planning for his first season at Manchester United and will be excitedly eyeing the summer transfer window.Louis van Gaal’s side, despite the number of pricey signings, failed to live up to expectations, looking tired under the tactics of the Dutchman.Mourinho, therefore, will know changes must be made – and money will need to be spent.The weekend saw the Red Devils being linked with a £157m bid for Barcelona forward Neymar, but which players are now said to be on the club’s radar?Catch up on the latest Manchester United transfer news by viewing the slideshow above. 6 5. Real Madrid uninterested in signing David De Gea? – Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has, according to reports in the Express, ruled out a move for De Gea. Zinedine Zidane is said to have informed the club of his satisfaction with current goalkeeper Keylor Navas and doesn’t view the signing of the Manchester United stopper as necessary. 4. Paul Pogba to be granted Juventus exit if valuation is met? – The France international, according to Marca, is free to leave Juventus at his choosing, provided his valuation is met. Real Madrid are reportedly leading Manchester United in the race for his signature, but if they are to pull off a deal, the fee will have to be world record. 6 6 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make official announcement after Euro 2016? – Ibrahimovic, according to his agent Mino Raiola, is yet to make a decision on his future, despite reports claiming the centre forward has already agreed a deal with the Red Devils. Raiola told French broadcaster Telefoot: “Manchester United are a great team with a great coach. It’s fascinating. I’ve made my decision, but he hasn’t made his. He’s really busy with the Euros.” It looks likely therefore that no official announcement will be made until after the Euro 2016 finals. 6 6 2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent confident Manchester United transfer will be completed? – Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola recently claimed his client has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. He has since spoken of his confidence that a deal will soon be finalised, but admits Borussia Dortmund are currently standing firm on blocking his exit. Raiola said, “It would be a sin to stop talking. I am a positive guy. If I wasn’t confident of reaching some kind of conclusion, I wouldn’t try. I am very proud Manchester United want him and the talks are being held in a good atmosphere but at the moment Dortmund are still saying no.” 1. Jose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci? Read all about it below, then click the arrow above, right, to catch up on the latest United transfer gossip – Bonucci has been heavily linked with following Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge this summer, but the incoming Chelsea manager could face competition from Mourinho. The Portuguese coach, according to the Daily Star, is after an experienced defender and has earmarked the Italy international as the player wanted. 6 6. Ryan Giggs expected to quit Old Trafford this week? – Manchester United chiefs believe Giggs will walk away from the club soon to go solo in management and could take on his first managerial role with Nottingham Forest, the Mirror reports. Newly-appointed manager Mourinho will bring in his own coaching staff, and it’s claimed the Portuguese has only offered Giggs a position as manager of the youth team.last_img read more