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Friday, June 17, 2005

Question for you

Today is day two of the SAJA conference, so again, for me, an in and out kind of day on this.
Had a question, though -- was just downloading my mail, and I notice several links being posted in comments, to cricket clubs here in the US. Puts me in mind of a project I have been vaguely mulling over for some time now -- this could be a good time to bounce it off you.
Does it make sense for us to bring all these clubs together on one platform, however informal? For instance, how about we start a group blog which will (1) link to all the club websites; (2) keep track of ongoing activities; (3) highlight visiting cricketers/events (for instance, I notice quite a few of the Windies cricketers tend to pop over to this part of the world and turn out, at times, for the local leagues?
Any thoughts on whether such a group blog is a good idea? Why? How we could go about it?


  • A very off-the-cuff-ish, i.e. not well thought-out:) reply...
    It's a fun idea, and I think a Wiki (something very broadly defined, like "Cricket in the USA") is what you might be looking for, Prem. A place that can, at a glance, show all the cricket that is being played anywhere in the country and one that can be updated by anyone that wishes to submit a link or a news item.
    NY has a pretty vibrant cricket culture, as does California. There's quite a lot of cricket being played in the Houston/Dallas area as well.
    I'm part of a weekend league here in the Bay Area that has around 70 teams (and growing!). Kapil Dev was in the area recently, and I'm sure a bunch of people would have liked to meet him.
    a) a chance, as you say, to learn of the cricket being played in the country. could potentially even grow into a sort of recruitment platform!
    b) an oppty to promote some interaction across states, since right now, all these leagues are pretty much self contained and sort of insular.
    c) ideal for sharing best practices and easy for anyone wanting to join (cricketing conventions every couple of yrs? :)much too ambitious?)
    a) not all cricket is leather-ball cricket. (isn't really a "con" but just wanted to emphasise the different nature of some of these leagues). Tennis ball cricket is hugely popular and in a lot of cases, not that much different qualitatively.
    b) the sheer number. There are close to a hundred clubs playing various forms of cricket and this is just in the bay area alone. Aggregation will probably need to happen at the "league" level instead of at the club level, but individual members can all interact with each other regardless of affiliation.

    By Blogger avinash, at 11:30  

  • i know that in Socal, there are a lot of teams playing cricket. There 4 divisions and every division has around 12 teams. Some of the 1st division teams like hollywood pay money to get better players. So you have some ranji players and a few from WI playing here. I have seen Nikhil Chopra nad Rohan Gavaskar play in some exhibition games.
    But for the most part this league (played with cricket ball) runs on the enthu of paricipants. Most teams do not get the well maintained grounds as their home grounds and have to maintain their grounds, do umpiring assignments on the weekend as the part of being in the league and spare 1 day of the weekend. A lot of times players travel more than 60 miles to get to the grounds; people go to San Diego to play games.

    Its all enthu.. Thats what it runs on. and yes its immense fun!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56  

  • What an awesome idea!!! Need to think seriously bout that!! I have been playing in LA for a few weeks now, I have noticed its fun yet serious and ppl put major amounts of tuime and effort towards it. Team prepare grounds, wickets etc etc.
    Very impressive and an informal forum would be kewl

    By Blogger KB, at 12:33  

  • Sounds like a great idea. Havent got a soln for you :)
    Some thoughts,
    I play in the Washington DC metro area with the Washington Cricket League (www.wclinc.com) (claim to fame, at least two team USA players Naseer Islam and Imran Awan) There is another league in the area as well Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board www.wmcb.org.
    I'm sure both these leagues would benefit from knowing more about other leagues, players and mainly Best Practices...be it shceduling, running the organization, PR, improvements, coaching camos etc...
    If one of your readers took it up as a project it would be great..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:19  

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    By Blogger Rahul Kulkarni, at 13:56  

  • I think it has to be a collaborative effort. One guy cannot take it up as a project. Most of us here (posting comments on PP's blog) are full-time employess or students and cannot do this on their own. They simple do not have the time to do it thenselves. I will be willing to help in gathering data (about the clubs) as I am subscribed to many cricket forums.

    By Blogger Rahul Kulkarni, at 13:57  

  • There are efforts in this direction already.

    Try these links


    We have one in our team website that most clubs in Houston Cricket League use


    and we use this site for statistics - it can be cool for whole leagues to link up here so that a consolidated statistics systems can be evolved.



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:44  

  • Prem...just stay away from US Cricket

    Goto http://www.uscricket.com/idealbb

    And you can see all the ugliness. There are not too many +ves in US cricket. Don't waste your time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17:26  

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