August 22, 2017
What We Did On Our Summer Vacation!
The official Maryland Youth Cricket season ended in June with the state championships, but that didn't end cricket activities for many local volunteers. Here's what they've been up to:
- MYCA President Jamie Harrison (LFYAA) spent three days in June introducing cricket to Cub Scouts and Webelos in Anne Arundel and Frederick counties, while Vice President Anu Babbar (Germantown) and his team also spent a day with scouts in Frederick County. The children loved the game, and many inquiries were made about where to buy cricket sets.
- Harrison also spent four days teaching cricket to boys and girls at Elks Camp Barrett near Annapolis, and a cricket set was donated.
- Roy Fernando of Bowie and Jamie Harrison of LFYAA spent three days in Florida working with the ICC and Cricket Australia. They were part of a group that is developing a new entry-level youth program, designed to introduce cricket to younger American children.
Part of the work was in meetings, but a considerable amount of time was spent outdoors learning and testing skill drills, and engaging with children during a clinic at the Broward County Boys And Girls Club.
The new USA program is projected to be rolled out in March 2018.
- Maryland's cricket infrastructure continues to grow, with Sham Chotoo (BBGC) overseeing the construction of a new pitch at Kenilworth Elementary School. This is the third youth cricket pitch in Bowie, with the other two at Whitehall ES and Rockledge ES. Sham has also been running coaching sessions throughout the summer.
- Shaffeel Ahmed (Rockville) and Mahendra Sapa (Burtonsville) have been instrumental in arranging summer matches at the 15U and 13U levels. A number of teams have participated and many matches have been played, giving many of Maryland's players extra opportunities to improve their games.
As you can see, the hard work to develop cricket in Maryland never stops, and no doubt the effort put in this summer will continue to pay dividends for years to come.