The joy of cricket

Our Arizona community is involved with cricket for many decades now. We started a league back in 2006 which led to massive improvement of our playing and general involvement. One thing that connects people from all ages, background and community in Arizona is cricket. Never thought I would be playing cricket regularly after moving to U.S. Even in Bangladesh I did not get much chance of playing. The Bangladeshi community in Arizona has done a tremendous work to promote cricket. Now a days when I go to a dawat (party) all I hear is cricket. Either its local or international we have surrounded us with cricket. The passion that runs through our vein for cricket just exploded during this Asia cup tournament.

Right before that we had our Final game for Murad-Rana Memorial Tournamnet in March 10. It turned out to be another exciting final match. The heavily favorite Broncos lost to Cheetah in a most dramatic collapse I have seen in MR.

The wicket was unpredictable since moving to a new ground just for the final game. Many batsman have misjudged the length and was bowled out. The photo above tells the main story for the game. The victory was imminent after a sudden collapse and when the last wicket fell The crowd were up and running to the field.

The new Champion Phoenix Cheetah with their third win since the tournament started.

Past two days I have been sad about Bangladesh losing the Asia Cup Final. It prompted me to write this blog so I can vent online rather than in person and do something stupid ;). I was sad to see Shakib and Mushfiq cry which made me teary but I also felt the joy. The joy of what our team has achieved. I love cricket and love our team. It has given us many ups and down but at the end we all are proud of their effort. The trophy is not what we achieved rather its the hearts of millions cricket loving fans.