In the land of baseball, football and basketball, it is not a well-known fact that Cricket has been played in the U.S. more or less seriously for over two centuries. In fact, the first ever international cricket match was between USA and Canada in 1844, played at the grounds of the St. George’s Cricket Club in New York.In 1965, the U.S. was admitted as an associate member to the International Cricket Council (ICC). It took part in the first ICC Trophy Tournament in 1979. Later in 2004, the US competed in the ICC Six Nations Tournaments in UAE, which it won to qualify to the world stage for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in that the same year. In 2005, USA finished 10th in the ICC Trophy in Ireland , and in 2006 USA Under-19 team reached the plate semifinal in the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Cricket continues to be passionately played in all corners of the country today. According to the United States of America Cricket Association, there are over 25,000 active players who are members of more than fifty leagues and 1,100 clubs across the United States.There are many forms of cricket being played, including taped softball and tennis ball cricket (no protective clothing), and the more traditional leather hardball form of cricket. Cricket is also played predominantly in 3-hours in its latest T-20 (20 overs a side) format.