Tellicherry which is a coastal town in north Kerala is sometimes referred to as the city of cricket, cakes and circus. Along with the rest of the country, Tellicherry which has a cricket ground that is 207 years old, is also celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of India’s entry into Test cricket. The Bi-centenary of the Tellicherry Municipal Cricket Ground (now Thalasserry Stadium) was celebrated in 2002 with a match between former Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers.
It is believed that Arthur Wellesley (1st Duke of Wellington of Waterloo fame - see photo) brought cricket to Tellicherry in the 1790s when he was commanding the East India Company’s army in Kerala and Karnataka. What is interesting is that apart from the soldiers of the Tellicherry garrison,
The locals formed Tellicherry Town Cricket Club in 1860, the year that cricket was introduced in
It is said that Colin Cowdrey’s (Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, b. December 24, 1932,
The cricket fervor continues unabated in Tellicherry, and nearby town of
Between Tellicherry (which was under the British) and Mahe (former French posession) is the