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Caribbean cricket fever returns to UTSC

Guyana will face Jamaica with the winner squaring off against Trinidad and Tobago on Aug. 31 as part of the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Cricket Classic.

Guyana will face Jamaica and the winner will square off against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, August 31 when the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Cricket Classic plays out on the University of Toronto Scarborough’s valley fields.

Hosted by the Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and returning for its third year, the event has become a popular celebration of unique Caribbean culture. In addition to the cricket matches, food, music and live performances will enliven a family-oriented day, with a chance to greet former West Indies International Daren Ganga, now sports ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago. The matches will be broadcast live to seven countries and the sides will compete for the Consul General - Sorkkam trophy.

“This has become one of the most successful days on Canada’s cricket calendar,” says Scott McRoberts, director of athletics and recreation.  “The third year of any major event is an important year. The prominence of the T and T Independence Day Cricket Classic for both player and spectator experience has grown exponentially with the number of community members coming to enjoy a great day.”

Players and spectators alike will see improvements to the pitch as the permanent goal posts have been removed.  Organizer Warren Sinnathamby, managing director of Next Productions, is thrilled to see the university providing state-of-the-art facilities. “This will be bigger and better than previous seasons. With the improvements in the facility and more first class and international standard players coming along this season, it's sure to be another hit,” he says.

McRoberts has seen the growing emergence of cricket programming at UTSC and hopes that with successful events and improvements to the playing fields, competitive and grass roots programming will also continue to grow.  “Increased cricket programming in the valley fields and interest from the community gives our students increased opportunities for both sports and experiential learning,” he says.

The Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day Cricket Classic is free and open to the public. The Guyana - Jamaica match will start at 9:30 a.m.

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