Shah Zafar

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428 Taylor Crescent, Burlington ON, L7L 6J9 Telephone: (905) 6337520 (Landline), (905) 4647388 (Cell) Email:


Shah enjoys a long and active life in sports, serving in various roles such as an athlete, referee, umpire and administrator. He is still actively plying Senior Cricket after retirement and is actively involved in Cricket Administration both in Canada and United States of America.

Shah Zafar is an accomplished and dedicated sport development professional with extensive knowledge and experience of developing structured programs and strategic plans, particularly within the Sport of Cricket. With his extensive experience of developing structured programs and strategic plans and as a 1st Vice President of Cricket Ontario, Shah played a ‘key’ role in defining Ontario’s Cricket development objectives, as well as developing three (3) strategic plans:- Youth Development Framework, Skills Development and High Performance programs for player development with a seamless and effective transition of players from Junior level to Senior level in conjunction with a sustainable delivery of structured programs for the development of cricket in Ontario.

In addition, developed organizational policies & processes which enabled the building of a very successful operational team to deliver highest quality cricket development and coaching programs. In 2017 Cricket Canada appointed Shah as a Program Manager for Canada U19 Team participating in the Americas U19 Championship to secure a berth to play in the ICC U19 World Cup in January 2018. Shah played a substantial role in the development of a very structured and comprehensive training program for the Canadian U19 team, which was largely responsible for the very successfully and winning performances & accountability of Canada U19 Team as the champions the ICC Americas Qualifier to secure their [lace in the 2018 U19 World Cup.

Shah joined the Cricket Council USA in 2014 and played a key role in its vision of the promotion and growth of Cricket in America. Since joining CCUSA he has made a substantial contribution in the organization’s cricket development and promotion programs, by developing a Cricket Development Framework for Youth Cricket, Cricket Tournaments, as well as a ‘Structured and Professional’ league concept document that outlines the various pathways and building blocks that are required for a successful league to be in operation and providing Cricket at all levels within the diverse states of America.

As a Tournament Manager, he developed the operational framework for the International Cricket T20 competition, currently known as – the 100K US T20 OPEN Tournament & The National Championship, that addresses the operational logistics of such a sizable competition with respect to the playing condition, code of conduct polices, grievance policies, scheduling etc. as well overseeing the umpiring assignments and match management, games scoring, team & player statistics etc.

Key Achievements

  • Tournament Manager CCUSA US OPEN T20 Tournament in Florida (100K prize money) since 2014 • Tournament Manager CCUSA National Championship since 2014
• Program Manager, Cricket Canada U19 Team
• Tournament Manager – ICC Americas World Cup qualifier in Toronto 2018
  • Umpire Liaison for Ireland & Canada Series (International Cup) 2010 • Event Manager, Cricket Canada Tri-series at King City 2011
• Third Umpire, CANADA VS UAE T20 match in Toronto
• Tournament Manager Canada U-17 National Championship 2014
  • Team Manager, Ontario U-16 (2015)
• Recipient of Canada Basketball Officials Association award of merit “John A. (Wink) Willox Award” presented yearly to one recipient in each province (2008)

Coaching Experience

  • Coach Ontario under 18 & U-16 Ontario team 2012 – 2015
• Coach Ontario High Performance Skills Development 2012 – 2015

Community Administrative Position

  • Tournament Manager – Cricket Council United States of America (CCUSA) 2014 – to date • 1st Vice President – Cricket Council of Ontario 2011- current
• Director Ontario High Performance Program – Cricket Ontario 2010 - current
• President – Hamilton & District Cricket League 2011 – 2015
  • President – Ontario Association of Basketball Officials 2006 – 2008
• Board of Director – North Bay YMCA 1992 – 1995
• President – Elliot Lake Minor Hockey Association 1988 – 1989
• Member of Park & Recreation Advisory Board of Town of Elliot Lake 1986 – 1989

Professional Development

  • Certified Coach ICC Level 1
• Certified Coach Cricket Australia Level 2
• Cricket Canada level 3 Certified Umpire
• Certified Basketball Referee by International Association of basketball Official (National level



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