By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
Davis Joseph vehemently believes in professionalism whether playing cricket at the local or international level, a principle he adapted throughout his lengthy and illustrious cricketing career for Canada.

Davis Joseph

His representation for the North American country at the 2003 International Cricket Council (ICC) 50-over World Cup in South Africa is still an accomplishment he cherishes on a daily basis.

What is more incredible for the Grenadian-born Joseph was his recent induction into the inaugural Cricket Canada Hall of Fame, a recognition that will be undeniably memorable.

In 1998, Joseph was playing for Canada in an ICC Olympic limited-over Commonwealth tournament in Malaysia, where he bowled India’s retired batting star Sachin Tendulkar very cheaply, another unforgettable moment for the experienced fast-bowler.

On the local scene, he was known for his hostility and intimidation while playing for Victoria Park Cricket Club and Overseas Cricket Club. His elevation to the national combination was one of his greatest moments, which commenced in 1984.

Following Canada’s early elimination at the World Cup in 2003, Joseph announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 39 having donned the country’s colours for 16 consecutive years, an unprecedented achievement. His longevity can be a great example to young aspiring cricketers.

“I thoroughly enjoyed playing for Canada; that was everything to me and that meant sacrificing a lot by taking no-pay leave for six successive months prior to the 2003 world cup just to be prepared and ready and now being recognised [is] also a great honour,” Joseph expressed.

He represented Canada in a number of ICC Intercontinental matches and faced his own Caribbean sides in a plethora of encounters.

His splendid bowling performance (6-39) against Jamaica was another highlight of his career and was indebted to his own willingness coupled with determination and enthusiasm to succeed. Joseph is a true believer that discipline and hard work can take you to the top. For him there was a tremendous amount of satisfaction seeing Canada make it to the World Cup mega event after many attempts during his time on the team with qualifiers’ tournaments.

Vastly talented and had a profound desire and passion to learn any art and technique to improve his bowling skills, Joseph remembered several former great West Indies’ quickies for their personal support.

He said he was very thankful to Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh among others distinguished and legendary fast-bowlers from the Caribbean. He was anxious to follow their guidance, which helped him immensely to be a regular member on the Canadian touring team.

“It was a great privilege to meet these guys on tour and talked about the game; they were happy to tell and teach you something and I was blessed to be in their presence,” Joseph, who played 31 List A games for Canada, divulged.

Joseph reminisced on his earlier times with Canadian Cricket. In the late ’90s, he stated that the cricket was very competitive and the right structure was in place. People were eager to make it for the Canadian team and made sacrifices to play the game.

He enthusiastically declared that Cricket Canada needs to continue to encourage and motivate the youngsters about the game. The youth are the future of the game and he would like to see the game get the type of coverage enjoyed by other sports such as baseball, soccer, football and rugby.

Since his final over in 2003, Joseph has switched gear to his family and subsequently has been very committed to his wife Cindy, his 15-year-old daughter Taelor and 10-year-old son Nicholas.

His son has taken a likeness for football and Joseph said he would not interfere with his inherited passion and profound love for it but will encourage him to pursue his academic studies seriously.

Joseph, who graduated with a Business Management Diploma Certificate from Ryerson University in Toronto, is always willing to give back something to the sport and has been an occasional contributor to community sporting activities.

The Assistant Manager at Walmart was advised by former West Indies cricketer and ex-Canada’s senior coach Gus Logie to become a full-time coach too because he was told by Logie that he had what it takes to be all-round cricket coach.

“Yes, Gus told me to take it up seriously because he knows that I am capable to being a good coach. Coaching cricket something I still consider pursuing,” Joseph related.