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Canada and U.S. to resume cricket rivalry this summer for the Auty Cup

TORONTO — Canada and the U.S. will renew their cricket rivalry this summer in the Auty Cup, which was first contested in 1844.

Pending final approval by Canadian health authorities, the 50-over series will be played in Canada from July 26-30 at a venue to be determined later.

The historic series, which resumed in 2011 after a 17-year absence, will follow the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier, which Canada is hosting from July 17-23. 

Canada will use the Auty Cup series to prepare for its ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League series while the U.S. looks ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series in the same month. 

Both teams have been sidelined for a year due to the global pandemic.

“After an incredibly difficult 12 months or so for all cricketing nations, we are very pleased to be able to have a strong summer of cricket to look forward to in 2021.," Cricket Canada president Rashpal Bajw said in a statement Tuesday. 

"We are looking forward to renewing rivalries in the Auty Cup and host our neighbours in USA Cricket directly after the T20 World Cup Qualifier this summer."

The first Auty Cup Trophy match was a two-day affair held in September 1844 at St George's Cricket Club in Manhattan.

The trophy was donated by Karl Andre Auty of Chicago.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 9, 2021

The Canadian Press

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