CRICKET IN USA
One half of the oldest international rivalry in the world, the United States of America boasts a long relationship with England’s national sport. The first ever international match in all of sports was held in Manhattan in 1844 between the United States of America and Canada in front of 10,000 fans.
Mention of cricket goes back in American history to the early 1700s, and it survived the Revolutionary War, gradually increasing in popularity until it was slowed by the Civil War in the 1860s. The nation shifted preference to baseball, but cricket experienced a brief revival in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bart King emerged from the famous Philadelphians to become “America’s Cricketing son,” and dominated First Class cricket while pioneering swing bowling.
Cricket's popularity tapered during the first World War, and USA wouldn’t play Canada again for 51 years before resuming the Auty Cup in 1963. In 1965, USA would be recognised by the ICC as an Associate Member with USACA as the governing body. Peaks and valleys and controversy would follow, but recent years have seen the Americans, reborn as USA Cricket in 2017, surge into ODI status two years later. The rapid growth of the game in the USA over the past 20 years can be attributed to the increase in the South Asian expat population. USA Cricket have recently gone into a partnership with Willow TV and Times of India to develop a professional major and minor league T20 franchise system.
First men’s international match: vs. Canada, 24-26 September 1844, St George's Cricket Club, New York. Major international victories: 1853 (first international win vs Canada) 2004 ICC 6 Nations Champions 2008 ICC Americas Champions 2010 WCL Division 4 Champions 2016 WCL Division 4 Champions 2017 Auty Cup win 2019 first T20I win 2019 first ODI win Leading men’s international players: George Patterson (1888-1896), Bart King (1893-1912), Christie Morris (1900-1912) Don Weekes (1969-1976), Kamran Rasheed (1979-1990), Steve Massiah (2000-2015), Sushil Nadkarni (2006-2015), Steven Taylor (2010 - ), Timil Patel (2012 - ), Ali Khan (2016 - ), Aaron Jones (2018 - ), Saurabh Netravalkar (2018- ), Karima Gore (2019 - ), Ian Holland (2019 - ) League formats: Minor League Cricket (2021, tentative), Major League Cricket (2021, tentative) WCL History: 2008 Division Five: 4th place, 2010 Division Five: 2nd place, 2010 Division Four: Champions, 2011 Division Three: 6th place, 2012 Division Four: 2nd place, 2013 Division Three: 3rd place, 2014 Division Three: 5th place, 2016 Division Four: 1st place, 2017 Division Three: 4th place, 2018 Division Three: 2nd place, 2019 Division Two: 4th place. World Cup appearances: 0, (Champions Trophy 2004)
First women’s international match: vs Bermuda Women, King City, Canada 2007 Leading women’s international players:Erica Rendler (2011 - ), Nadia Gruny (2010 - ), Sindhu Sriharsha (2015 - ), Lisa Ramjit (2019 - ) World Cup appearances: 0
Church Street Park (Morrisville, North Carolina - pictured above) Woodley Cricket Complex (Los Angeles), Central Broward Regional Park (Lauderhill, Florida)