Jamaican Andre Creary missed Canada’s season this year

Toronto, Canada - Jamaican Andre Creary missed this year’s edition of the Toronto and District Cricket Association (T&DCA) Elite’s season citing that he wants to focus more on his country’s cricket.

The former West Indies under-19 captain and first-class batsman arrived in Toronto 2012 with the aim of enhancing his cricketing skills and to relish the opportunity.

For most of his fans there was a sense of disappointment after he had a poor run.

His highest score of 49 and few good starts could not have justified the right-hander’s ability given the fact he began playing under-19 cricket for his country at the age of 14. A possessing talent!

His inaugural participation with limited success perhaps prompted the 23-year-old to be more proactive in Jamaica’s cricket competitions and simultaneously seeks a spot in the team for the forthcoming West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day and limited-over tournaments.

During an interview with this writer at King City ground last year, the occasional off-spinner expressed confidence of doing well and was delighted to be in North America playing the game in a competitive manner.

He represented the 2012 champion Brampton Masters Tranzac Cricket Club team but his contributions were unimpressive to a great extent. “I [am] happy to be in Canada and play cricket; I was very thankful for the opportunity and I think the exposure would be amazing,” Creary stated.

Owner of the club, Johnny Bujan also told this writer that he wouldhave liked to have the young, aspiring international cricketer back in his team for this year’s tournament but was surprised Creary opted to stay at home.

“I think Creary is a great talent and definitely we would have loved to have him again in Canada representing our side; he played well last year but he decided that he wanted to be at home and play in Jamaica this season,” Bujan, who was also the manager of the Canada side that participated in the just concluded ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai, related.

Creary also indicated that the new environment had given him the motivation to play positively and particularly among a number of seasoned cricketers including Canada’s CaptainRizwanCheema and Guyanese pair of club’s skipper DamodarDaesrath and Jeremy Gordon among few other established players.

Creary, who has only featured in a solitary four-day match for Jamaica was very enthusiastic of playing for them again at the senior level and is anxious to make it to the international stage someday soon.

He led the West Indies youth to the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand but his team failed to make a big impression while he was part of the West Indies High Performance Programme which also adds to his cricketing credentials.

He played his first youth World Cup 2008 in Malaysia under the captaincy of Barbadian Shamarh Brooks, who had a fantastic, debutant 2013 in Canada representing the victorious Centurions Cricket Club.

Meanwhile, over the past two consecutive decades, Canada continued to see players from the Caribbean and different parts of the world come and play cricket on a regular basis. Many have felt the popularity of the sport has risen tremendously and will grow with a rapid pace soon.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 15:34