The sport of cricket will be on display to residents in the city this long weekend. The Grande Prairie Cricket Association hopes to welcome 36 to 42 athletes from around Alberta to compete in a three-day tournament for the Grande Prairie Cup.
Association President Vijay Parmar says he is excited to be able to host a tournament of this level in the city.
“We are very excited to host a multi-city tournament for the first time in the history of Grande Prairie…There has never been a cricket tournament here. We have been going out to play in Red Deer, Edmonton and Fort McMurray but this is the first time that we will be hosting a tournament.”
Grande Prairie, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Fort St. John will be participating in the tournament. One game of cricket usually takes around 3-4 hours to complete which is why the tournament has been limited to four teams. Parmar says he would love to see residents come out and use this opportunity to discover a new sport.
“We want people to come and watch and appreciate the sport because cricket once upon a time was Canada’s national sport and not many people know that.”
The tournament will run from September 1-3 at the cricket ground at North Ridge Park. Games will run from 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. every day and are free to attend.