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The Michigan Cricket Association USA (Mich-CA) announced on April 29th that for the first time ever, cricket will be part of the AAU Junior Olympic Games in the U.S.
The cricket tournament, which will be held on July 27th and 28th, will feature Under-19 and Under-15 teams from across North America and will take place in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
The event is a result of a collaboration between Mich-CA, which is an ACF member league, the Detroit Sports Commission and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
The AAU Junior Olympic Games is the largest national multi-sport event conducted annually for youth in the United States and is the showcase event of the AAU Youth Sports Program. With over 17,000 athletes and coaches participating in 19 sports, the event will provide a unique opportunity to promote cricket to a wider audience locally, regionally, and nationally.
At an annual pre-season retreat in Troy, Michigan, Mich-CA Chairman and ACF Steering Committee member, Shahid Ahmed spoke of the partnership with DSC and the AAU as a “breakthrough for cricket,” offering a showcase for the sport and a further opportunity for youth participation.
Ahmed acknowledged the efforts of the Executive Director of Detroit Sports Commission Mr. Dave Beachnau and the work of the AAU in reaching this historic milestone for cricket in the USA. Avinash Kommireddy, Mich-CA Youth Coordinator, who worked closely with Sean Krabach of DSC to make the cricket tournament a possibility, added that participation in the AAU Junior Olympic Games was a “huge step for youth cricket in the United States”.
Michael Makin, Information Director of the Michigan Cricket Academy and Secretary of the Mich-CA governing body, added, “I know how long Shahid and Avinash have been working on this project. It’s very exciting to see it come to fruition. We can rely on the support of a host of Mich-CA volunteers, and I expect to see a large turn-out of spectators, too. I’m sure the tournament will be a big success.”
[Source: Mich-CA Media Release]