By Gulshan Singh
Cricket continues to generate more excitement in the United States. After two successful cricket festivals in Pearland of the Greater Houston area and Cedar Park of Greater Austin area, World Cricket Initiative, also known as WCI, organized ‘Cricket with Colors’ last Saturday.
All these cricket events have also been part of the Indian government’s initiative Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence worldwide. ‘Cricket with Colors’ combined the celebrations of cricket and colors during the Holi weekend in the Williamson County Park of the greater Austin area. In this day-long event, people of all age groups from broader communities participated.
Through the day multiple youth, men and women games were played. In the midst of cricket games, the festival of colors, Holi was celebrated in the pavilion.
The Mayor of Cedar Park City, Corbin Van Arsdale along with his wife Stephanie Van Arsdale joined in to celebrate Holi. In his talk, he appreciated the spirit of the festival and acknowledged the emotions attached to cultural events of the home country.
Mayor Van Arsdale also appreciated the efforts to develop youth cricket in the city’s growing communities. He offered his help to build cricket infrastructure in the greater Austin area.
With such cricket events for broader communities, WCI continues to drive the “Cricket for All” initiative to expand the footprint of youth cricket in the USA. WCI’s founder Alok Singh and his team shared their optimism for many more community events, world class coaching, and professional games in 2022. They all are looking forward to 2024 ICC World Cup games to be played in Texas and cricket to be included in 2028 Summer Olympics in LA.