K.A. Auty Cup
|K.A. Auty Cup|
|Tournament format||2 day match,
50 over match,
2 T20 matches
|Number of teams||2|
|Current trophy holder||Canada|
|Most successful||United States (32 titles)|
The K.A. Auty Cup is an international cricket series played between Canada and the United States. It is reputed to be the first and longest running international sporting fixture. It has been an annual series hosted alternately by Cricket Canada and the United States of America Cricket Association. The series saw a 16 year hiatus beginning in 1995 due to financial difficulties. Since its revival in 2011 the series has been expanded from a two-day match only to a two-day match, a 50-over match, and two Twenty20 matches.
The first Auty Cup match was a two-day match held from the 25–27 September 1844 at St George's Cricket Club in Manhattan, New York. Largely as a result of this match, the first Canadian Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, declared cricket Canada’s first official sport in 1867.
The trophy was dedicated by K.A. Auty of Chicago, Illinois. The original trophy was retired in 1963 to honour the memory of the late K.A. Auty and re-dedicated 20 years later in Calgary on the 19 November 1983, by Canadian Cricket Association president Jack Kyle and United States of America Cricket Association president Naseeruddin Khan. The re-dedicated Auty Cup trophy resides at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.