Raipur: Canada’s national cricket team, which would be playing a couple of practice matches against Chhattisgarh, arrived here late Friday.
Canadian players were accorded a warm welcome according the Indian culture at the airport.
The ODIs, scheduled to be played on 21 and 23 November, would now be a day affair rather than a day-night competition as planned earlier.
Rajesh Dave, secretary, Chhattisgarh State Cricket Assocuation (CSCA) said in order to prevent any interruption during the matches the administration has decided to shift the timings.
On Thursday, CSCA official tested the newly fitted flood lights at the Parsada International Stadium for about four hours. During the trial, the officials had to fight it out with thousands of bugs and insects. The embarrassing situation forced the officials to decide against hosting day-night matches. Master blaster is my idol
When the Canadian cricket team arrived at the airport here, many were surprised to see some of the members of the foreign squad conversing in Hindi. Few were aware of the fact that captain Ashish Bagai was born in Delhi. Bagai, who stayed at Defence Colony in the national capital, moved to Canada in 1993 at the age of 11.
Talking to Bhaskar, Bagai revealed that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is his idol.
“It was Sachin who ignited the passion for cricket in me. Over the years I have keenly observed him to learn the knitty gritty of the game.I have learnt cricket seeing him over the years,” said Bagai.
Talking about cricket in Canada, Bagai said the game has evolved in the country over the past decade.
People from Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Indies, settled in Canada, have taken the lead in developing the infrastructure for the game in the country, he said.
“The infrastructure is still being developed and I hope things would get better soon,” added Bagai.
The team would play two ODIs against Chhattisgarh as a warm up for the World Cup.