Cricket in the shadow of baseball in Toronto
This club, York Cricket Club, renamed Toronto Cricket Club in 1834, was established by George Barber, an immigrant from England who brought with him his passion for cricket. He is now considered the father of Canadian cricket.
Formerly Canada’s National Sport
The first international cricket match was played in 1844, in New York, between teams from the United States and Canada. In 23 races, Canada is victorious.
If the popularity of cricket declined sharply in the United States from the 1860s in favor of baseball, this sport remains well established in our country today.
John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, declared cricket a national sport.
There are currently approximately 130,000 players and 820 clubs represented by Cricket Canada. The national team has won the World Cup twice, in 2003, against Bangladesh, and in 2011, against Kenya.