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T20 World Cup 2024 kicks off with cricket’s oldest rivalry as USA takes on Canada – Firstpost

By Vaseline May30,2024

The US cricket team is made up of immigrants from India, Pakistan and other countries. American cricket image

The 2024 T20 World Cup kicks off with the world’s oldest rivalry, even older than Ashes. It starts with a match between co-hosts USA and Canada at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas on June 1 (June 2 in India) and not many people know that the first ever international cricket match between the USA and Canada was also played in 1844. at St George’s Cricket Club in New York.

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In fact, the first match between England and Australia was not played until 1877, 33 years after the US and Canada played the first ever international cricket match. That match was won by Canada by 23 runs.

According to a report from the BBC, five thousand people watched the first day of the US vs Canada match at St George’s Club, with around $100,000 wagered on bets on the outcome of the match.

Canada batted first in the match after the USA won the toss, scoring 82 in the first innings after David Winckworth, George Sharpe and Freeling each scored 12 runs. Sam Wright picked up a fiver for the USA, while Henry Groom got three wickets. In reply, American captain Robert Tinson, while the United States, were bowled out for 64. Winckworth and Fred French took four wickets each in the first innings.

With an 18-run lead, Canada scored 63 runs in the second innings, with Winckworth again scoring 14 runs, while captain George Phillpotts added 13 runs, giving the US a target of 81 runs. Groom took a five-wicket haul for the US this time, while Wright scalped four wickets.

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In the final innings, USA were bowled out for 58 runs and lost by 23 runs, with George Sharpe taking six wickets. Winckworth and French also took a wicket each.

It was expected to be a two-day match, but due to rain on day 2, which meant no play was played, the match will be played over three days.

Cricket History in the USA

The very first cricket match in the US was a result of the colonial era, when it was promoted as ‘The United States of America versus the Canadian Province of the British Empire’. Cricket remained a popular sport in the US before baseball took over its popularity and others. sports such as baseball and American football were given priority.

The US has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1965, but has never participated in the ODI or T20 World Cup. Their first and last appearance in a major ICC event was in 2004, when they played in the Champions Trophy.

The US has regularly competed in tournaments for non-Test nations.

However, grassroots participation has grown in recent years with local leagues thriving and the T20 format has been used to develop a stronger base, with Minor League Cricket and Major League Cricket on the rise in recent years.

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It is still too early for these structures to have an impact on the national side, but clever use of the qualification criteria has made the side increasingly competitive.

The team, coached by Australian Stuart Law, goes into the tournament on the back of a 2-1 T20I series win over Bangladesh that has given them real belief.

The Americans won the first two games before resting several key starters to provide some opportunity for their backups.

The USA, led by Monank Patel, will face giants India and Pakistan, along with Ireland and Canada, in the group stage.

The addition of former New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has introduced some World Cup experience and top quality into the squad.

Anderson moved to the US in 2020 and played domestic cricket and as his last match for New Zealand was in 2018, he was able to switch in 2022 due to the ‘four-year rule’ that applies in these cases.

Vice-captain Aaron Jones, who was born in New York but grew up playing in Barbados, says the US team is determined to make a statement in the tournament.

“We want to show everyone in the world that the US can actually be a cricketing nation and of course be role models for the kids coming up,” he told AFP.

Jones is one of several players with experience playing cricket outside the US and has been impressed with the standard of the countries at associate level.

“It’s about getting the opportunity and of course seizing that opportunity. Afghanistan is a very good team at the moment and they came through an employee. Ireland clearly came from a collaborator. So the opportunity is there and we just have to really grab it and showcase our talent to the world,” he added.

Law has been able to work with a core group of players, including pace bowler Ali Khan, who grew up in Pakistan and has played in the Caribbean Premier League.

Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh represented India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2012, while Miami-born Steven Taylor has extensive experience in Caribbean cricket.

Jones, who was persuaded by Taylor to join the US team, rejects any idea that the US is in the tournament just to make up the numbers.

“We want to win games. We want to bring as much competition as any other team in the tournament,” he said.

The shortest format of the game offers the opportunity for more surprises and Jones believes his team is capable of producing them.

“We are a very good team. Obviously we showed that against Bangladesh, one of the best teams in the world,” he said.

“I wouldn’t call it an upset if we beat Pakistan or India. I just want to say that we played better cricket that day. It’s a cricket game. The bigger teams can also lose.”

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