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Canada have named Mukesh Narula, the former Baroda all-rounder, as their new head coach.
Narula, who is a Cricket Australia Level 3 coach, has coached Baroda, Canada’s Under-19 team and the Brampton Masters Cricket Club from 2011 to 2013.
“I am very grateful to Cricket Canada for giving me the responsibility as national coach,” Narula told The Hindu. “Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to closely work with talented and budding cricketers here and I believe that we have the talent and skills that can be honed to reclaim Canada’s place in world cricket.”
Narula moved to Canada in 2011 and started coaching at an academy that was run by professional Canadian cricketers.
Narula stated that he is still astonished at how popular cricket has become in the country.
“Cricket is the fastest growing sport in Canada,” Narula said. “Baseball diamonds have been converted to practice nets with batting cages. I coached one at Etobicoke in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
“About 200 plus teams play in four leagues. League tournaments are also played at Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Nova Scotia. The players have to travel long distances and that’s the real challenge; the air fare between a few cities could cost as high as $1000. Lack of funds and sponsorship are major hindrances.”