SPC Stength & Conditioning specialist Colin Berenhaut blogs from senior Canadian Cricket team’s training and qualifier preparation camp in Sri Lanka

Day 4- January 13, 2010

Dear Canada,

Lets make a deal. You send us snow; I will send you 25o of Sri Lanka heat.


Team Canada Cricket

Just another day at the office for Cricket Canada, the only difference is the change of venue. We moved training to the Home of Tamil Union Cricket Club. The field and complex is great and the training intensity has picked up accordingly. In order to minimize travel time and improve efficiency of the day we remained at the complex after the first 3-hr session. The team enjoyed another nutritious lunch and a recovery session of pool work and ice baths.  After finishing the second session of fielding it was back to the resort for some R&R.

With temperatures reaching upwards of 38o Celsius you would think that the boys of winter would be feeling the effects of the heat. Wrong. Even through the intense net and fielding sessions the boys are finding their groove and growing each day. Timing is improving, fitness is great, and hands are toughening up.  The other nations should be weary.

Day 5- January 14, 2010

Good Morning Canada! It was another very good day of training highlighted by a performance in the nets by the ace himself- Rizwaan Cheema. He hit so many balls out of The Oval, I was worried we would run out for the rest of squad. At one point we had three locals out scouring the parking lot for balls that were hit over the grandstands.

The bowlers had the day off to recover from the previous day but the bats were on fire. Other notable performances were by ?Big H?, Henry Osinde and not for his bowling but rather his power as he found his swing and timing. And Umar Bhatti and Ashish Bagai found their groove with some crushing hits over the stadium walls.

After three intense days of training we decided to give the guys a well deserved afternoon off to recharge and enjoy the relaxing environment they are growing accustom to at the Cinnamon Grand Resort.

Day 6- January, 15, 2010

The session started well with some great news from the U-19 World Cup after Canada defeated Zimbabwe. A round of applause came from all of the Senior Team when word spread that they had won.

An intense marathon session was in store for the boys after four hours of net sessions and fielding work the guys were drained. Fatigue was beginning to set in as the day came to an end and ice baths were enjoyed all around. Luckily the heat was bearable today as we were treated to a rare Solar Eclipse.

Day 7- January 16, 2010

Gooooooooooooooooaaaallllllllll!!! Oops wrong sport, Dr. Gio and I were treated to our very first live Cricket match and as part of Canada Cricket we are a perfect; 1 WIN and 0 LOSSES. After an intense hour fielding session the boys suited up for a friendly match against the local RBC Cricket team. Their fitness would be tested as they had only an hour and a half to recover and get ready to play in the blistering heat.

After some stellar batting by Trevin and El Capitano- Ashish Bagai, the boys finished the 20-Overs quite well for their first outing. With some amazing fielding by Sunil ?Danny-Tony-Sunny? Danirham and Trevin and some great bowling by KC, Umar, and Shaheed, the Boys of Winter took home the first win of the tour and earned themselves a full days rest tomorrow.

Day 8- January 17, 2010

Train hard…Rest hard!!! Welcome to Camp Cricket by Colin. The boys earned a day to sleep in after an extremely hard week of two-a-day training sessions in the heat. At 10am we hopped on the team bus; Destination: BEACH RESORT. After the 2-hour ride the team embarked on the Palm Gardens Resort in southern Sri Lanka; home to a stretch of beach that is among Asia?s Top 10 Tourist Destinations.

Today was a day to remember, a team building event that pitted the Batsman (and me) vs. The Fast Bowlers (and Gio) in a friendly game in search of the funniest story and the best picture. The results of the day have not been revealed. However, my suspicion is that we were the clear victors.

In any event, it was a great day that brought the boys together for some fun and bonding away from the cricket grounds.

Tomorrow its back to business with a hard gym session with yours truly and afternoon net/fielding sessions back at our home away from home- away from home- Tamil Union Cricket Club



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