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June 22, 2012
Toronto youth team to play cricket in England
Mayor Rob Ford and City of Toronto staff today congratulated 12 youth selected for the CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team that will participate in the fifth annual Cricket Across the Pond program.

"Congratulations to the members of the team selected to represent Toronto in England," said Mayor Ford. "You have trained hard and are promoting good sportsmanship through the sport of cricket. I hope to someday see many of you playing in the Mayor's Trophy tournament here in Toronto."

Also in attendance at City Hall today were Gulzari Babber, President of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Amal Ratnayake, Chair of CIMA Canada; Zanita DiSalle, Regional Vice President, RBC Royal Bank; Tom Mihalik, owner of Tom's Place; and Jonathan Dart, United Kingdom Consul General.

The City of Toronto is CIMA's partner in promoting the Cricket Across the Pond (CAP) scholarship program. CAP uses cricket as a vehicle to reach out to youth from Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods, giving them a sense of hope, increased self esteem and opportunities to become positive role models in their communities.

"Now in its fifth year, Cricket Across the Pond provides scholarships that have touched the lives of over 60 young Torontonians, leading them toward positive pursuits in life" said Ratnayake of CIMA Canada. "We are truly appreciative of the support from our partners RBC Royal Bank, Tom's Place and the City of Toronto in this unique Toronto youth initiative."

Working in partnership with the British Consulate General in Toronto and the Borough of Kingston upon Thames in the United Kingdom, CAP provides young Toronto cricketers with the opportunity to travel to the UK, represent Toronto and learn leadership skills as ambassadors. The aim of the annual UK tour of the CIMA Mayor's Team is to help these young Toronto ambassadors develop into positive role models in their communities.

“We’re proud to be part of helping send these young cricketers to the birthplace of the sport,” said RBC's DiSalle. “It’s part of our commitment to build healthy and vibrant communities, where we can pass along cherished traditions to our children.”

"Last year, for the first time I accompanied the team to England," said Mihalik. "It was my honour to be associated with the team and to see how well the players represented Toronto, Canada and themselves through the wonderful sport of cricket. Again this year, our players will try hard to win."

2012 CIMA Mayor’s Team:
Sarvagya Kanha Dixit, Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute
Mohammed Ehabuddin, George Harvey Collegiate Institute
Athar Abdullah Hammad, David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
Patel Dhruv Kalpeshkumar, Woburn Collegiate Institute
Jasjeet Kalsi, Arch Bishop Romero Secondary School
Nehalkumar P. Patel, Newtonbrook Secondary School
Vishal Dilipkumar Patel, North Albion Collegiate Institute
Dhruv Rajeshkumar Patel, Brampton Centennial Secondary School
Mandishkumar Satishkumar, West Humber Collegiate Institute
Gnani Janakbhai Shah, W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute
Daniel Alexander Singh, Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School
Ismail Umarwadia, Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute
Peter Edward Belle, team manager, Toronto District School Board
Amaresh Rajaratnam, coach, volunteer with CIMA Canada

The 2012 tour itinerary includes the inaugural Toronto Mayor’s Team versus London Mayor’s Team cricket match, scheduled to take place in London on July 17. The Royal Bank of Canada leads a group of corporate and media partners brought together by CIMA in this unique public-private community initiative. CIMA has been successful in arranging a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, UK, in supporting the scholarship program.

Lead organizer CIMA offers an internationally recognized professional qualification in management accountancy with over 183,000 students and members in 168 countries. CIMA members and students the world over are involved in community activities. A significant majority of CIMA members in Toronto have roots in cricket playing nations around the world.

More information about the scholarship program or CIMA Canada Mayor's Trophy 2012 is available from Michael Lam of CIMA Canada at 905-553-0346, or you can visit CIMA at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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