Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean Diaspora

The Varsity- Univiersity of Toronto’s student newspaper recently reported a lecture by Janelle Joseph, the author of the recent Sport in the Black Atlantic: Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean Diaspora. She discussed her research and shared stories from her ethnographic interviews with older, male Canadian-Caribbean cricketers.
“Many of these Caribbean cricketers are aging out of the game, instead choosing to play in ‘Masters Leagues’, where the emphasis is on fun rather than competition. Many of these players struggled to encourage their sons to take up the game, and as such represent a last generation of committed and talented Caribbean-Canadian cricket players.
Furthermore, the Caribbean dominance of Canadian cricket is today quickly being displaced by a strong contingent of South and Southeast Asian players. Sometimes, Joseph explained, tensions between the two groups of players can erupt, as both try to navigate their shared colonial attachment to cricket and its place in their cultural histories”
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