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Cricket

Cricket is played on an oval field with a rectangular centre, which houses a wicket (a set of three wooden stumps) at each end. The aim is to score as many runs and therefore points as possible during an inning. The pitcher aims to throw the ball and hit the stumps while the striker with a bat attempts to prevent the collision and strike it into the outfield to score runs. The number of innings depends on the format of cricket agreed upon. T20, a shortened form of test cricket that is widely played around the globe, is a popular format for local competitions in the GTA.

Is this activity known by any other names?

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Cricket was developed in England, and spread throughout the British Empire in the 18th and 19th Century. Due to British colonial influence, cricket has been played in Canada since the 19th Century, however it was not as widely popular as in many other Commonwealth countries. Since the 1960s, immigrants from Southeast Asia and the Caribbean have played cricket in large numbers, and the sport remains popular in these communities.

Who takes part?

Cricket is popular in among Southeast Asian, Caribbean, British, Australian, and New Zealand communities in the GTA. Competitions and recreational games exist for males and females of diverse ages.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Primarily played outdoors in the summer, although indoor leagues with modified rules are run in the winter.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Ontario Cricket Academy & Club; Cricket Council of Ontario; Ontario Cricket Association; Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs; Toronto Cricket; Skating, and Curling Club; Toronto Premier Cricket League; Toronto City Cricket Club

Cultural Significance

Cricket is very popular in the Southeast Asian and Caribbean communities.

Is there anything else we should know?

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