East Side Detroit Resident Makes A 'pitch' For Cricket In The D, And It Works

This is source I found from another site, main source you can find in last paragraph

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Divers explore sunken S.S. Clifton | 10:12

During the summer of 2017, David Trotter and his team of technical divers managed to perform nine different expeditions to the S.S. Clifton wreck site in Lake Huron. Divers were able to document the historic vessel both inside and outside. WZZM

1 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Dlectricity lights up Midtown | 0:58

The Dlectricity festival of art and light opened Friday in Detroit. Ann Zaniewski / Detroit Free Press Ann Zaniewski/Detroit Free Press

2 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Chris Ilitch: We are committed to owning Tigers | 2:51

Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch addresses the media on photo day at Comerica Park, says he's enthused by moves GM Al Avila has made & affirms his family's commitment to "long-term Ilitch ownership of the Detroit Tigers." Recorded Sept. 22, 2017. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

3 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Ronna Romney McDaniel on Kid Rock | 1:02

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Friday she welcomes the excitement generated by talk of musician Kid Rock running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. Paul Egan/Detroit Free Press

4 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Jimmy Howard on new arena's wow factor | 1:18

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard talks Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Little Caesars Arena. Video by Helene St. James, DFP.

5 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES 2,000 Detroit freshmen to get free cell phones | 0:56

The cell phones and free access are provided by Sprint, which is working to bridge the digital divide. Wochit

6 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Brad Ausmus will not return at Detroit Tigers manager | 5:02

Al Avila announces Brad Ausmus will not return at Detroit Tigers manager next season. George Sipple/Detroit Free Press

7 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES Michigan's largest Kroger Marketplace opens in Southgate | 1:12

The largest Michigan Kroger Marketplace store has opened in Southgate. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press

8 of 9
Skip in >Skipx

Embed

x

Share

CLOSETODAY'S TOP STORIES What you need to know about the Detroit Free Press Marathon | 1:06

The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon will happen in downtown Detroit on Oct. 14-15. Wochit

9 of 9Last VideoNext Video
  • Divers explore sunken S.S. Clifton Divers explore sunken S.S. Clifton
  • Dlectricity lights up Midtown Dlectricity lights up Midtown
  • Chris Ilitch: We are committed to owning Tigers Chris Ilitch: We are committed to owning Tigers
  • Ronna Romney McDaniel on Kid Rock Ronna Romney McDaniel on Kid Rock
  • Jimmy Howard on new arena's wow factor Jimmy Howard on new arena's wow factor
  • 2,000 Detroit freshmen to get free cell phones 2,000 Detroit freshmen to get free cell phones
  • Brad Ausmus will not return at Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will not return at Detroit Tigers manager
  • Michigan's largest Kroger Marketplace opens in Southgate Michigan's largest Kroger Marketplace opens in Southgate
  • What you need to know about the Detroit Free Press Marathon What you need to know about the Detroit Free Press Marathon

Saiyed Ahmed at a Michigan vs. New York cricket match in Queens, N.Y. In the 1850s, cricket was the most popular sport in Detroit.(Photo: Faruqe Miah)

837 CONNECT>TWEET> 13 LINKEDIN 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE

Saiyed Ahmed has been used to playing cricket on the concrete parking lot near the Detroit Public Library. But Ahmed got sick of watching young boys getting skinned knees in a sport meant to be played on grass.

So Ahmed, a native of Sylhet, Bangladesh, who moved to Detroit at 15, began petitioning city officials to do more.

On Saturday, after three years, he will get his wish. The city will break ground on Detroit’s only official, public cricket pitch, the first in the city since the 1970s and recalling the 1850s when cricket was the most popular sport in Detroit.

More Rochelle Riley columns:

Fix Detroit by fixing the city's schools

'Detroit' film leaves a disturbing feeling of grief, nothing to celebrate

“There is no other (public) pitch in the city," said Ahmed, 29, whose mom is a homemaker and dad works in the auto industry. “There is one personal pitch at Telegraph and 8 Mile. But that’s private. We play in a parking lot near the Detroit Library at Conant and Davison, and we got injured, people scratching their knees and hands.”

Ahmed said he wants to start a Detroit Cricket Academy to meet the burgeoning interest of a Bangladeshi population that numbers more than 10,000 in Detroit's District 3, where he lives.

“It’s hard to put into words how important this cricket pitch is to the residents of the 3rd District and those who in particular live in the BanglaTown area,” the district’s councilman, Scott Benson, said. “They’re extraordinarily excited.”

The city will host a ribbon-cutting for the new grounds at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by a cricket match between youths sponsored by Mayor Mike Duggan and a team sponsored by Benson.

The pitch also will expose Detroit children  to a new international sport that isn’t that new.

Cricket is a game played with a bat and ball between two teams of 11 players each. And that is where the similarities to baseball and football end.

It is played on a field with a 22-yard-long pitch that has a target called the wicket, a set of three wooden stumps. During each inning, one team bats and attempts to score as many runs as possible. The teams might have one or two innings each to score, and the winning team is the one that scores the most runs.

 

In 1858, according to one story, “the Peninsular Cricket Club played on a large field in what is now Midtown.” And news stories from the turn of the 20th Century through 1915 called cricket the most popular sport in the city.

But whether the new cricket pitch spawns clubs or leads to another professional sport, the grounds represent the culmination of a dream for Ahmed, who arrived in Detroit in 2003.

“When I moved here, I didn’t know anything about cricket but found people playing in parking lots," Ahmed said. "Now, I’ve played in different states, New York, Florida, Texas, all around, playing and seeing how the game has grown. Before, it wasn’t a professional sport. Now people are looking for professional cricket in Michigan."

Ahmed spends his days between his day job as a waiter at a private club in Bloomfield Hills and playing “every chance I get."

“It’s very exciting and very delightful for this community, and we’re very excited and very proud. We have the talent in Detroit," he said. “We’ve just got to work with them and have the right structure."

Brad Dick,  director of the General Services Department, which is responsible for all park maintenance and architecture, called the project a win-win-win.

“Ironically, we’d been discussing what the community wanted and for some time we talked about doing a pitch over there as part of the J. Lasky Park recreation center," Dick said. "It’s a perfect size for a pitch. Now it will be the only formal, regulation, cricket pitch in the city."

As important, he said, it was a resident's project.

“The community helped with the design,” he said. “Now, we’re just praying that rain comes so the grass grows.”

The cricket match this Saturday that pits Team Duggan against Team Benson will be played on a field next door to the new construction. The teams will comprise kids from the Bengali community.

Dick said the city will post signs around the field with a phone number for residents to reserve the pitch for matches.

But they may not have to worry about it. Saiyed Ahmed plans to tell the world.

This is source I found from another site, main source you can find in last paragraph

Source : http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/08/04/detroit-resident-makes-pitch-cricket-d-and-works/538106001/

line

acting

East-side Detroit resident makes a 'pitch' for cricket in the D, and it works
City of Strays: Detroit's Epidemic of 50,000 Abandoned Dogs
Heartbreaking video shows a three-year-old boy walking into a Detroit gas station at 4.30am in his pajamas looking for his mom who left him home alone
How the GOP Lost Arab-American Voters
Robert Moses and the decline of the NYC subway system
Read President Obama's Speech in Flint on Water Crisis
How oligarchs destroyed a major American city
Indy's struggling parks: 'We have work to do'
The 49ers' Stadium Is As Empty As It Deserves To Be