.NYPD Photo: Participants in the NYPD youth cricket league are competing for the NYPD Cricket Cup, which will be presented to one of 12
teams later this summer.
NYPD Photo: The Daredevils emerged the victors on opening day of the 2012 NYPD Cricket league, with the first day of matches held in Brooklyn. More than 200 young men formed Queens and Brooklyn-based teams competing in the NYPD’s youth cricket league, established in 2008 to serve immigrant communities.
NYPD Photo: More than 200 young men formed Queens and Brooklyn-based teams competing in the NYPD’s youth cricket league, established in 2008 to serve immigrant communities.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today joined with approximately 200 youth and their volunteer coaches, umpires and NYPD Community Affairs officers to open the 2012 NYPD Cricket season on the Gateway Cricket Grounds of Spring Creek Park in Brooklyn.
The league, comprised of young men ages 14 to 19, began its fifth season with 12 teams of 18 players each who registered to compete through the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau, which administers the program.
“Last year, we saw India take home the Cricket World Cup. This year, the action takes place right here, in New York City. These are the games to watch – this is the place to be. I know the competition, the quality of play, and the enthusiasm will be better than ever,” Commissioner Kelly said. “Everyone who organizes and comes out to support the games is helping the Police Department to fulfill one of its top priorities: to build strong, cooperative relationships with New Yorkers of every age, faith, and nationality.”
The youth cricket and soccer leagues were formed in 2008 after outreach conducted by the Department's New Immigrant Outreach Unit found that predominantly Muslim and South Asian communities tended not to participate in traditional after-school programs and Police Athletic League sports. Now in their fifth seasons, player registration has grown and a dozen teams are selected by lottery. There is no cost to register and player uniforms – hat, pants and jersey in colors selected by the teams to resemble professional cricket – and equipment are purchased with funds from the New York City Police Foundation.
This year’s Brooklyn and Queens-based teams include the Brooklyn Knights, Daredevils, Dragons, Kryptonite, Lycans, Nightriders, Night Owls, Predators, Punjab, Richmond Hills Stallions and Super Stars.
On Tuesday, two matches were played at Gateway Park. The Daredevils won 179/6 against the Brooklyn Knights 51/all out; and the Lycans beat the Predators, 83/4 versus 82/all out. Four games will be played Wednesday in Kissena Park in Queens, beginning at 9 a.m.