If you’re a hard core cricket player, you may want to consider transferring to Haverford College.
Coached by Kamran Khan since 1974, the Main Line school has the only varsity U.S. cricket team in the country and has competed both within the United States and abroad.
If, like me, you have no idea what cricket involves, here’s a little background. Cricket was first played in England as early as the 1500s. Since then, the game was introduced to other countries as the British Empire expanded.
Partially forming the basis for American baseball, Cricket is considered a “ball and bat” sport. Instead of a pitcher, the player throwing the ball is called a “bowler” who tries to hit the wicket (situated behind the hitter) in order to get the hitter out. Thus, the hitter is responsible for keeping the ball from hitting the wicket and scoring runs. Similar to baseball, the hitter is also out if the fielders catch the ball before it hits the ground.
Unlike baseball, there are two hitters on the field at time, and they must run to the opposite wicket in order to score a run, running back and forth multiple times if time allows. Cricket’s “home-run” equivalent scores the hitting team six points.
While reading about the game can seem confusing, check out this video for a visual explanation!
You may be wondering how Haverford become known for cricket. Well, rumor has it that the sport was started by landscape architect William Cavill who designed the school’s grounds. Either way, it’s a historic sport with club competitions occurring since the middle of the 19th century.
“Haverford cricket is known all over the world,” said Khan. “We get lots of applicants from India, Pakistan, Nepal and England.” Haverford’s cricket team’s history is scattered between countries, with regular trips across the pond. But in the recent years, the trips have decreased. A notable trip occurred in 1996 when Haverford took on big name British schools such as Oxford and Cambridge.
“[In more recent years],the team has traveled to England, Scotland, Bermuda, Bahamas and Canada,” said Khan.
The best part is that Haverford covers the travel expenses!
Though Haverford is the only varsity team in the U.S., they regularly play against other teams in the Philadelphia area.
“The team has developed very nicely in the past few years,” said Khan. “Actually, we were in the Finals of the Haverford Inter-Collegiate tournament last year. All the local universities including Villanova, Temple, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware participated.”
Haverford will be taking on a number of local teams during the upcoming season including Villanova on Apr. 17, UPenn on May 1 and Temple on May 2.
All games are held at Haverford’s Cope Filed and are scheduled for 12 p.m. so stop by to check it all out!
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