Having originated in south-east England, Sport of Cricket has developed globally in the 19th and 20th century. Governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Cricket is the world's second most popular spectator sport. ICC has over one hundred members.
The origin of the first international cricket match lies in a trip to Toronto by a team from the St George's Club in 1840. Mr Phillpotts had invited St George's to play the Toronto Cricket Club at home. As the Canadians were not expecting them, there was lack of preparations. A cricket match was hastily arranged. The team from New York won the game which was attended by a good number of spectators, a brass band and the Governor of Upper Canada Sir George Arthur. The New Yorkers invited the canadians for what was to be the first international cricket match.
The first official international cricket match has been played in 1844. The Canadian cricket team became the first international team to travel to another country when they visited the United States in 1844.The Match took place at the St George's Cricket Club, Bloomingdale Park in New York between 24 and 26 september 1844. The game was originally scheduled for 2 days but after rain prevented the play on second day, it was extended to third day.On the day one of the match, USA won the toss and decided to field first. After the first day of play, USA was being on 61 for 9 in reply of Canadian score of 82. After the resumption of match on third day, USA were all out for 64. Canada then scored 63 in their second innings setting the USA a target of 82 runs to win. Canada bowled out USA for 58 in their second innings and won the match by 23 runs.
The game was watched by between 10,000 and 20,000 spectators and it is said that around $120,000 worth of bets were placed on this match. The US team had members from cricket clubs based in Boston, Washington DC and Philadelphia as well as a number in New York. Likewise, the Canadians tried to present a representative national team, rather than simply the Toronto CC team. This match was billed as "United States of America versus the British Empire's Canadian Province"