By RON FANFAIR
The world’s oldest sporting rivalry resumes next week with Canada meeting the United States in the historic two-day cricket tournament for the Karl Auty Memorial trophy at Maple Leaf ground in King City.
Started in 1844, the competition was held annually up until 1912 when it was interrupted by World War 1 and other global events. Revived in 1963, the series ran for another 17 years up until 1980 when there was a three-year hiatus before a restart in 1983.
The last time the tournament was played was 1995.
An excellent cricketer and former president of the Chicago Cricket Club and the Illinois Cricket Association, Auty – he lived in Canada for six years – passed away in 1959 at age 81.
The Karl Auty Memorial trophy has been the symbol of cricket supremacy between Canada and the USA since 1963. The two-day match will be played on August 15 and 16.
Prior to the historic meeting, Trinidad & Tobago will join Canada, the USA and Afghanistan in the Ethiad Summer Festival quadrangular Twenty/20 tournament. The T & T cricketers are using the competition to prepare for next month’s Champions League Twenty/20 qualifier in Hyderabad, India from September 19-21.
The T & T touring party to Canada is Daren Ganga (capt.), Rayad Emrit, Samuel Badree, William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin, Sherwin Ganga, Adrian Barath, Jason Mohammed, Justin Guillen, Imran Khan, Richard Kelly, Navin Stewart and Aneil Kanhai.
Omar Khan is the manager while former West Indies wicketkeeper David Williams and Ronald Rogers are the coach and trainer respectively.
The four-team tournament begins today with T & T opposing Afghanistan and Canada playing against the USA. Canada meets Afghanistan and T & T plays the USA tomorrow while the USA will play Afghanistan and Canada will hosts T & T on Saturday.
“Part of the mandate of the festival is to assist with the development of cricket in the region,” said Cricket Canada’s president Ranjit Saini. “The inclusion of the USA adds some more excitement to an already riveting schedule.”
The matches will be played at King City starting at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.