Councillor Stephen Blais scored six runs for FDRC. The City is preparing to break ground on a combination of soccer fields and a cricket pitch at the François Dupuis Recreation Centre.
CRICKET?🏏 … REALLY?
- Cricket was Canada’s first official sport
In 1867, John A. MacDonald declared cricket Canada’s first official sport. Lacrosse was appointed as the national sport a year and half later.
- Cricket is Canada’s fastest growing sport
There has been an explosion of interest in cricket in Canada. The sport’s biggest challenge used to be lack of interest — its biggest challenge now is finding enough space to practice and play.
- The first international cricket game was Canada 🇨🇦 vs the U.S. 🇺🇸
Most cricket fans think the first international game was England 🏴 vs Australia 🇦🇺. In fact, the first international cricket match was Canada vs the U.S., which took place at Bloomingdale Park in Manhattan in 1844. The game drew a crowd of 5,000 people. Canada beat the U.S. by 23 runs.
- The most watched game in the history of sports
According to the BBC an estimated one billion people tuned in to watch the recent Pakistan vs India game at the Cricket World Cup.
The fields will be located immediately behind the new Fire Station #55 on Portobello Boulevard.