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

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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)

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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.

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“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.

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

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