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"India is the cradle of the human race... " - Mark Twain
Mayor’s Cup Cricket Tournament & Festival in Toronto
Mayor’s Cup Cricket Tournament, a two-day Cricket Festival,
hosted exclusively by the Toronto City Hall Cricket Club was
held on July 15 -16 at Sunnybrook Park.
The Festival has been organised since 1987 by Toronto
City Hall Cricket Club (TCHCC).
Mayor’s Cup is actually a spin off of an annual match-up
between the Toronto City Hall Cricket Club (TCHCC) and the St.
John Woods, the then Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Rashmi
Nathwani, Commissioner of City Properties, Mr. Wazir Khullar,
Mr. Sheik Kadir of City’s Finance Department and Mr. Dennis
Perlin, City Solicitor founded the Toronto City Hall Cricket
Club in 1985.
1987, a report of the Annual match between TCHCC and St.
George’s Society was first adopted by the City Council when
Mr. John Woods gave a tongue in cheek explanation to the Council
of the terminology used in cricket such as “fine leg, short
leg, long leg, square leg, maiden over, slips, covers, silly mid
on, googly, etc.” in his report of an annual match between
TCHCC and St. George’s Society.
then members of the TCHCC have been involved in organizing
cricket events, playing and promoting cricket in the GTA behind
2005, in response to Mayor Miller’s mandate to promote cricket
in the GTA, the TCHCC approached Mayor Miller and requested to
be designated as his ambassadors to promote the game of cricket
in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
TCHCC then co-ordinated with CIMA and the Mayor’s Cup was
year’s event followed
the 20/20 format, a format that is internationally being
accepted as the format most likely to catch on in the attempts
to modernise cricket and to compete with the other competitive
participating Teams were: Girls’ Team from Secondary Schools, Mississauga
Ramblers Cricket Club, St. George’s Society Cricket Club,
Toronto City Hall Cricket Club, Police Services Cricket Club,
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Cricket Club, Under 12 Boys
Team, Masters Cricket Club, Feds
players, from the GTA, comprised a wide range of multi-cultural
residents from the various cricketing countries, namely:
Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New
Zealand, Pakistan, and West Indies.
competition was for Mayor’s
Cup, St. George’s Society Cup, Mayor and Police Chief Trophy.
David Miller, Deputy Police Chief, Keith Forde and
Deputy Fire Chief Mr.
Jim Shelton of
Toronto led the teams for Mayor and Police trophy games.
They were impressed with the event and also presented the
trophies to Kid/Girls team. Mr.
Ben Sennick of Canada Cricket Association was also one
of the guests.
net result of the match was The Toronto City Hall cricket Club
won the "St.
George's Society Cup".
The game was held on July 15 and Mr. John Bishop presented the
cup to Mr. Sheik Kadir, the captain of the game. Six teams
played the games (two games each) and two teams - Mississauga
Ramblers and Master Cricket Club - with best average run rate
played the Final on July 16 for "Mayor Cup".
City Hall Cricket Club and Police Association Cricket Club
played the Final game for "Mayor and Police Chief
Trophy". Police team won the trophy and Mr. Wazir
Khullar presented it to the captain, Mr. Richard Moore.
Future plans involve expansion of the tournament in coming years for longer periods over a two-week period and to involve more leagues and teams throughout Ontario. There is also plan to formulate a united body to promote this game and establish cricket centres so as to re-establish cricket in Canada to its former glory and to realize Mayor Miller’s dreams to promote, spread and make cricket available to everyone.
quote Mayor Miller: “Once Canada’s national sport, Cricket
continues to grow in popularity among students in Toronto’s
schools and communities around the world.
It is a game that connects our diverse communities and
improves our cross-cultural interaction.
Players are offered the opportunity to participate in
recreational sports that helps bridge cultural, ethnic and
social divides, fosters friendships and enriches the quality of
Chief Blair, represented by Deputy
said in a message: “The game of cricket provides a wonderful
opportunity for players from Toronto’s diverse communities to
interact and compete with others in a fun-filled and exciting
Festival was sponsored by amongst others, Tim Hortons,
Asian Television Network (ATN), GlobalomMedia, publishers of
South Asian Outlook e-Monthly and South Asian Web TV, Woods
Dr Dilkush Panjwani provided photographic coverage on the final
day of the Festival. Toronto-based S.R. International was
the Media Consultant for the festival.
may not be known to many Canadians, even those born in
countries, where Cricket is a popular game that Cricket has deep
roots in Canada. First
played by the British soldiers in the 1800’s, it became such a
major sport that at the time of Confederation, Sir John A.
Macdonald, and the Prime Minister of Canada proclaimed it to be
Canada’s national sport.
first international competition was a cricket match in 1844
between Canada and the USA.
during the lst part of the 19th century, Cricket in
Canada and the Eastern USA was very popular, with many top
English teams and great players of the day touring North America
during that period.
enhanced the popularity of cricket, which reached such an
uncontrollable limit that Congress passed legislation curtailing
it in the USA. Fortunately
the popularity continued unabated in Canada.
There was a strong resurgence in popularity prior to
World War II and we are now once again experiencing another
resurgence initiated by the vast growth of immigrants from
countries that consider cricket as their heritage.
are approximately 6 million Canadians who are avid followers of
the game. There are 27 cricket leagues in Canada, which are
based in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick,
Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.
There are 290 clubs and 400 teams that participate in
games and 20,000 players and members of these leagues and clubs.
Over 120 private and public schools have cricket programs.
[Photos by: Dr Dilkush Panjwani]