May 21, 2007


New York recognises cricket as varsity sport

Martin Williamson

While the row over who runs US cricket rumbles on, some good news from New York where the New York Times reports that the city will become the first school district in the country to recognise cricket as an official varsity sport.

As many as seven schools in Brooklyn and Queens have expressed interest in fielding teams when the Public Schools Athletic League launches the season in the spring, education officials said, and recent weekend clinics have drawn scores of students.

"When I saw the ad on the wall I said, 'Damn, I've got to be dreaming,' " said Avinash Sookhwa, a junior at John Adams High School in Queens who emigrated from Guyana in 2004. "It was a feeling like being down to the last point and the game is in your hands. All I wanted to do was play."


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by mir ahmed on (September 2, 2009, 17:05 GMT)

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Posted by joseph on (July 27, 2007, 21:48 GMT)

its finally good to here of cricket playing in the us.... i hope this spreads all over the country and they statrt to play internaionally

Posted by khawar on (June 19, 2007, 14:10 GMT)

wow this is great news. i hope this spreads all over the US and other countries. Kids should step up and enjoy the beautiful game of cricket.

Posted by Steve Weisse on (June 1, 2007, 14:28 GMT)

Here's an excerpt from the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY. We've managed to get cricket approved as a CLUB sport, but we're hoping it will gain varsity status soon.... Anything that grows this great sport in the U.S. is great!

A ball, a bat a . . . wicket?


Gazette Reporter Date: May 10, 2007 Publication: Daily Gazette, The (Schenectady, NY) Edition:Schenectady/Albany; Final Column:SCHENECTADY Length: 618 Words Page: A1

In Guyana, cricket is played by youths and adults, often on any patch of land available. In the United States, not so much.

But a group of students at Schenectady High School played their first match Wednesday in Kailberg Park against Albany High School -- a club that has been around several years but has not actually played a match, for lack of competition.

Schenectady provided that, gaining a "10-wickets victory," said coach Steven Weisse,...

Posted by Colin Siller on (May 31, 2007, 19:14 GMT)

Myself and Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies captain, are coming to the USA in the next 6 months or so, if any Association or Club wishes to have one of our Coaching Clinics please e mail me at Everyone will know Jimmy Adams, as for myself, I was the Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Team in 2005 and have coached around the world, some of my Irish protege's made a name for themselves in the World Cup including Boyd Rankin, Eoin Morgan and William Porterfield.

Posted by Colin Edmondson on (May 31, 2007, 2:46 GMT)

This is a long overdue but welcome move by New York City School District. I can only hope that all the other Metropolitan school districts in the country follow suit.

Posted by pratik on (May 24, 2007, 10:59 GMT)

I hope it spreads all over the US. I live in NY but not near Brooklyn or Queens.

Posted by Nafi Karim on (May 21, 2007, 20:17 GMT)

It's good to see the USACA doing something like the clinics and hope something like this happens here in LA.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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