Parsees cricket team

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Parsees cricket team
Owner: Parsi Gymkhana
Founded: 1877
Home ground: Parsi Gymkhana Ground
Bombay tournament wins: 10

The Parsees (a.k.a. Parsis) cricket team was an Indian first-class cricket team which took part in the annual Bombay tournament. The team was founded by members of the Zoroastrian community in Bombay.

The Parsis competed in the Bombay tournament from its outset in 1877, when they challenged the Europeans cricket team at the Bombay Gymkhana to a two-day match. At this time, the competition was known as the Presidency Match. It was recognized as a first-class tournament from 1892-93 until its final staging in 1945-46. The Parsis won the first-class tournament outright 10 times, and shared victory 11 times.

The Parsis made two tours of England in the 1880s. None of the matches were first-class. See: Parsee cricket team in England in 1886 and Parsee cricket team in England in 1888.

External links[edit]


  • Vasant Raiji, India's Hambledon Men, Tyeby Press, 1986
  • Mihir Bose, A History of Indian Cricket, Andre-Deutsch, 1990
  • Ramachandra Guha, A Corner of a Foreign Field - An Indian History of a British Sport, Picador, 2001