August 7, 2006

Canada

Cummins on cricket in Canada

Will

There's a fascinating article with Anderson Cummins, the former West Indies allrounder who now lives in Canada. While cricket in Canada is booming, Cummins is aware of the need to market it to the local people and not simply rely on immigrants from cricket-playing nations.

"It's important to market it appropriately so it doesn't remain something that is played primarily by the immigrant population," he said.

One rare homegrown cricketer is Zubin Surkari. His father came here in the '70s from India and Surkari, 26, got involved with the game through programs at the Toronto Cricket Club at an early age. He's been on the senior national team since he was 19.

"It's hard to get homegrown players to play at a level that is good enough, when there are people coming in from other countries where they play cricket all the time," he said. He scoffs at the notion that cricket is a slow or boring game.

More at the Toronto Sun

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