Cricket In Canada
Cricket has a long history in Canada , and has transitioned to a modern, vibrant, growing sport, reflecting the changing face of the multi-cultural society Canada has become.
It is played in every province on Canada – all ten provinces are members of Cricket Canada – and there is interest in the Yukon and other territories. It is estimated that approximately 1,30,000 players and 820 clubs are represented by the Cricket Canada members, with the largest concentrations in southern Ontario, and the greater Vancouver area.
Cricket in Canada is mostly played on artificial pitches, although Cricket Canada is supporting the development of turf pitches across the country.
Cricket Canada supports inter-provincial competition at several levels, as well as selecting representative teams to play for Canada at ICC events.
CRICKET IN MODERN CANADA
North America has the largest online cricket audience in the world. Sports participation in Canada is declining, yet cricket is on the rise. In 2007, ESPN acquired Cricinfo, the world’s most popular cricket website. North America is seen as ‘the next big cricket market’. Canada possesses the audience, players, vision and demographics to capitalize
RICH IN HERITAGE
Cricket was once Canada’s official national sport, as declared by Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister. Cricket has been played in Canada since 1745 (50 years before the first modern Olympics). The world’s first international sporting fixture took place in New York in 1844 – a cricket match between Canada and the United States. In 1886, the now legendary West Indies cricket team made its first overseas tour to Canada, playing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton. From the 1880s – 1930’s Canada was a regular tour destination for many of the world’s best teams, including England and Australia. Australia came to Canada in 1974 and played Ontario in Toronto . . . and lost!
CANADIAN CRICKET FACTS
Cricket was first recorded in 1745 at Ile-Ste-Helene in Montreal, Quebec
The oldest continuously operating cricket club in Canada is the Toronto Cricket Club which was founded in 1827. The St John's Cricket Club was operating in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1823.
CANADA IN THE WORLD CUP
Canada has appeared in the World Cup on four occasions, in England in 1979 and South Africa in 2003, the West Indies in 2007, and the South Asian Subcontinent in 2011.
Canada has registered two wins in the Cricket World Cup, defeating Bangladesh in 2003, and Kenya in 2011.
John Davison & Ashish Bagai have appeared together in three World Cups; South Africa 2003, The West Indies 2007, and South Asia 2011.
Canada has also appeared in seven Under-19 World Cups (New Zealand 2002, Bangladesh 2004, New Zealand 2010, UAE 2014, Bangladesh 2016, New Zealand 2018 and South Africa 2020.