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2018 TTC Cricket Team 8/28/18 1:00 PM

TTC Cricket Manager

By Peter Karunaratne
TTC Cricket Manager (now retired)

Having served as the TTC Cricket Manager for the last 14 years this will be my last report on the performance of the TTC cricket team. Over those 14 years we became CIMA Mayor’s Cricket Trophy champions three times and finished as Runner Up a total of 10 times.

As I step down from this role upon my retirement from the TTC, I would be amiss if I don’t mention the visionary leadership, support and encouragement from the CEO’s Office. That support from the top went a long way to engage TTC staff in the game of cricket, which is helping Torontonians from diverse backgrounds to get together through this globally popular sport.

Going all the way back to 2004, I would like to mention Chief General Manager Rick Ducharme who played an instrumental role in forming the TTC cricket team. That support was ably continued by CGM Gary Webster. Gary was new to the game of cricket, but never failed to come and support the team at the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy tournament.

Then of course there was the stylish veteran cricketer from England, CEO Andy Byford, who made a huge difference in spreading the game of cricket, not only within the TTC, but across the GTA through the CIMA Mayor’s School of Cricket.

The team has already engaged with the office of our new CEO Rick Leary, and we have no doubt that we will have the full support and encouragement to continue this great tradition at the TTC.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to TTC Corporate/Customer Communications, and Mike DeToma, for the great support through TTC-TV and The Coupler to promote our team over the years.

Thanks of course to our families and friends for attending our games with great pride in representing the TTC at this signature Toronto community event. We are all immensely proud to see everyone cheer us on each year. This summer we played three matches and won two. We beat the eventual champions, Toronto Police, in the first round, but their team finished with a better run rate. As a result we, unfortunately, didn’t qualify for the finals.

I’d like to especially thank all of our team members, from this year and past years. Together, we accomplished a lot. The inter-transit cricket tournament between the TTC, Brampton Transit, Bombardier and Metrolinx is now a feature event at the Mayor’s Trophy. I’m grateful for everyone’s support, and I am sure that the legacy will continue as I sign off with my very best wishes to everyone at the TTC.

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2018 Cricket Team

Abdul Jabbar Chaudrey | Dhillon Kulvinder
Farouk Kirmani | Jitender Kumar
Malak Hassan | Moshin Patel
Robert Francis | Robinhensman Robinet
Roy Lalkissoon | Sameer Choski
Shiful Islam | Sikander Benipal

Not pictured: Ken Callister, Ahil Pancharajah.

2018 cricket presentation

CIMA Canada’s Ranil Mendis, right, congratulated CEO Rick Leary and Cricket Manager Peter Karunaratne for a great run at the Mayor’s Trophy on June 30. 

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