Canada host their first-ever international match as Sahara Cup gets underway

Despite the British influence and sizable South Asian expat population, Canada hasn’t been a major cricket nation. The first of the three Sahara Cup got underway and Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club was the venue.

On this day, in 1996, India and Pakistan played in the first ever Sahara Cup match, and the game marked the first-ever international cricket match in Canada.

The crowd turnout was less than a thousand but those who arrived witnessed a Sachin Tendulkar classic. India beat Pakistan by eight wickets with captain Tendulkar leading from the front with a stroke-filled unbeaten 89.

The above picture shows Indian fans cheering the side who completely dominated the first match.