The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival (PICF) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The 25th edition will feature over 200 players from 14 different nationalities and a dozen guest teams from across the US.
The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival (PICF) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The 25th anniversary edition of the festival will feature over 200 players from 14 different nationalities. This great sporting occasion is hosted by five of Philadelphia’s preeminent cricket clubs: the British Officers' Cricket Club, Germantown Cricket Club, Haverford College, Merion Cricket Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club.
A dozen guest teams from across the globe are expected to play in the tournament. Guest teams this year include: CANAM (Women’s Team featuring Claire Taylor – the first woman to be named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2009), Melbourne (AUS), Royal Automobile Club (UK), Toronto (CAN), Western Province (RSA), Australian Embassy (DC), Amwell Valley (NJ), ANZACs (NC), Mad Dogs (NY), Sarasota (FL), Staten Island (NY), and West Haven (CT).
Since its inception, PICF has promoted cricket, friendship and community service through sporting contact. Thanks to the generosity of the participants and event sponsors, charitable support of local youth development programs is possible. Members of the public are invited to join in the festivities on Sunday, May 7th starting around 1 pm for the event final being staged at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
A celebrity guest, Devon Malcolm – former England test cricketer, will attend the 2017 Event. Previous celebrity guests to the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival have included Dennis Lillie, Michael Kasprowicz, Shaun Pollock, Jonty Rhodes, Deryck Murray, and Fred Trueman. Organizing committee Chair, Tom Culp remarked that “In 2017, fans will enjoy an afternoon of top class skills and competition while non-cricketing sports enthusiasts can learn about the art of the game”.
For more information about the 2017 Philadelphia International Cricket Festival, please visit www.cricketfestival.com