Cricket in the USA and Salem
“Cricket – a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented to give themselves some conception of eternity.” – Lord Mancroft. To many of us folks from the Indian sub-continent, cricket is not just a game. It is a daily ritual. The sheer poetry in motion of a well-executed stroke by the batsman, the unbridled aggression of a fast bowler at his peak or the mesmerizing magic of a spinner’s fingers; these are some of the expressions used to enjoy and live the sport we all love. Spanning a wide spectrum of the populace that ranges from the unfortunate slum dwellers in big cities to the not so unfortunate sub-continental immigrant population of Silicon Valley, Cricket enjoys immense patronage, sometimes bordering on religious fervor. There are many amongst us who at some point have always dreamed in vain about donning the national colors and setting the stage alight.
All of us who come to this great country with aspirations of a better life still think about some of the good things that were left behind. After all, every decision that one makes involves some kind of trade-off. And to many people, a significant negative in this trade-off is not being able to follow, play or discuss a game that has grown up with them.
The day is not far when cricket as a sport will gain widespread acceptance in this country as well and we, the members of this club, with continued support and enthusiasm from patrons such as yourselves, hope to make that happen. So, be a part of this dream and come and enjoy a day in the sun with us.