Cricket is one of the newest sports on the UR campus. This semester’s cricket club, a club sport, shows the true meaning of choice and diversity on campus.

Started about a decade ago, the UR cricket club became inactive after its management graduated and did not find a successor. Beginning last year, a new wave of students showed a great interest in bringing the club sport back from the grave. “Our goal is to eventually get enough people interested and playing regularly to be able to hold mathces against other universities,” Vice president and sophomore Nachiket Joshi said.

UR prides itself in allowing students to begin a club sport if it does not already exist. The proposed club sport needs to have a minimum of 10 undergraduates willing to take part in the sport. The next step involves a lot of paper work.

As of today, the URCC has a total of 20 regular members. There are 13 players on the field at any given time. In one game, everyone will either bat, bowl or be on the field – the three positions in cricket.

The game of cricket has many similarities to the game of baseball. It is a bat and ball game. Nonetheless, cricket was the one sport that was missing from the diversity of UR.

Cricket is a very precise and rigorous sport. Due to this, UR adopted indoor cricket, with rules that are not as strict as in professional cricket.

“Right now it’s just for us to have fun and generate interest so that we get more people to join and play enthusiastically,” Joshi said.

To get more information on the sophisticated sport of cricket and to learn how to play, stop by the Field House in Goergen Athletic Center on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Buitrago can be reached at jbuitrago@campustimes.org.



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