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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
The K.A. Auty Cup, a trophy contested for the cricket rivalry between the USA and Canada, is scheduled to be held this year as part of a series of matches from November 14-17 in Florida according to information posted on the Cricket Canada web site. Although USACA has not issued a press release regarding the matches, sources have confirmed that player availability is currently being sought to form a squad for a two-day match, one 50-over match and two T20s to be played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.
The Auty Cup multi-day match was resumed in 2011 after a 16-year hiatus. Canada defeated an understrength USA squad by 34 runs in the two-day match in Toronto last summer as part of the Etihad Summer Cricket Festival. USA and Canada played the first ever international cricket match in New York in 1844 and the two countries share a lengthy history together.
While Canada is currently one of the six Associate and Affiliate ODI nations, the USA has still managed to have some measure of success against them in recent years. USA defeated Canada by 81 runs to win the 2008 ICC Americas Tournament in Florida and defeated them in the final of the inaugural ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 Tournament by five wickets in Bermuda in 2010.
Canada defeated the USA by nine wickets as part of an undefeated run to win the 2010 ICC Americas Division One 50-over competition in Bermuda in 2010 and also beat the USA by 10 runs to win the most recent ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 in Florida last year.