May 1, 2008


Immigrants making a pitch for cricket

Martin Williamson

An interesting article in Canada’s Globe & Mail reports that the popularity of the game among immigrants is being stalled by the lack of pitches.

There are more players than the cricket grounds in Surrey can hold, forcing some Sunday matches to be held in school playgrounds … [it] has two cricket grounds and there is a growing demand for more. Hundreds of cricketers cannot play because of the shortage of grounds. And the son of one immigrant reveals that his son has now taken up the game.

Ethnically South Asian, the junior Kumar was born and raised in Canada. He started playing cricket this year. He says the game is fun, but it also helps him connect to his Indian culture. "If I leave my own culture, the culture [will] die out," he said.


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Posted by Cuen Lucas on (May 12, 2008, 8:44 GMT)

I agree, but stress the need to get cricket into non cricketing circles as well, when the numbers get higher, sponsors and local authourities tend to take more notice, and that can open doors.

Just a random fact: Cricket is actually still listed as the official sport of Canada! :)

Posted by Arjun Chaudhuri on (May 7, 2008, 11:15 GMT)

It is unfortunate that Canada—a country characterized by a low density of population, coupled with a booming economy, is suffering from a shortage of basic infrastructure for cricket. Canada has the distinction of three ICC World Cup appearances, including two on the trot in the latest editions, with a win over Bangladesh—a Test playing nation. What is even more creditable is that they managed this upset victory on their first appearance at the Cup after 24 years. The Canadian cricket administrators should take a cue from Bangladesh, which in spite of its struggling economy, has been coming up with more-than-decent infrastructure for cricket. Support from cricketing immigrants should be much help.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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