NYPD FORMS CRICKET LEAGUE FOR NEW
YORK CITY YOUTH
Nearly 100 Teenagers to Compete in the
NYPD Twenty20 Cricket Cup;
Majority of Registrants are from NYC
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today
introduced a citywide cricket league for teenagers, administered by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau. The league
is open to youth ages 14 to 19. A majority of those who have
signed up to play this summer are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Guyanese
descent; others are Trinidadian, Jamaican, and Indian (South Asian).
“New York today is home field for new immigrant and
American-born players alike, many of whom excel at sports that local leagues
don’t traditionally offer,” Commissioner Kelly said. “With our help, young enthusiasts from Bangladesh
to Brooklyn now can expect to play them here. The NYPD has long provided
programs for youth while promoting positive police-community relations. Our Twenty20 Cricket Cup
combines the best of both worlds, so to speak.”
Six teams of 15 players each – including the “Pak Brighton,” “Punjab,” “Cosmos,”
“Panthers,” “Superstars,” and “Knight Riders” – will play every Wednesday and
Thursday, weather permitting, from July 23 until late August, when the tournament culminates in a championship game on
Aug. 20. Matches are organized by the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau and refereed by
New York State certified umpires. The cricket tournament comes on the heels
of the NYPD United Soccer league, established in May.
NYPD Community Affairs officers conducted outreach
through community groups, youth programs and businesses in the five boroughs;
they also promoted the tournament through local New York adult cricket leagues. Both the NYPD
Twenty20 Cricket Cup and NYPD United soccer league are extensions of the Department’s New
Immigrant Outreach initiative that aims to establish positive ongoing relations with multiple
ethnic groups including the Arab and South Asian communities.
Caps, jerseys and pants
are provided to players by the New York City Police Foundation, in various colors
resembling international, professional team uniforms. All cricket matches are played in Brooklyn
at the Gateway Cricket Ground in Spring Creek Park.