On the heels of the recently concluded Maq T10 cricket tournament in Fort Lauderdale USA, Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) has now decided to launch ‘Cricket 5’ a new format.
The idea came to CEO Mahammad Qureshi while the rain was pelting down at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill on Saturday. With the weather forecast gloomy for the Sunday, CCUSA decided to try their best to finish the T10 tournament on Saturday but the rain would not let up.
After a while the rain held and with just a couple hours to finish three matches before the lights at the Stadium goes off at midnight, Qureshi decided that the matches will be played as five overs per side games. This was met with apprehension by some initially but as soon as the first game got under and balls started to fly in all direction, the crowd came alive. The excitement was tremendous and the fans were really into the format. With Americans being big lovers of fast pace sport, they lapped up the action. Runs were coming quickly but wickets were also falling as batsmen were taking risks.
Many times the ball found its way into the stands much to the delight of the fans who were trying to catch it. Immediately Qureshi decided to have ‘Cricket 5’ registered and pretty soon he will be launching a new tournament called ‘Maq Cricket 5’ and this according to him will be a useful tool in taking the cricket into schools in America in order that it gets a footing.
According to the millionaire businessman :”We have been trying all the while to build cricket and the process has been a long frustrating process. As a businessman when investment takes place I expect to see returns and although I have spent millions in cricket, I don’t want a financial reward. The return I am looking for is greater participation in the sport and a strong and meaningful USA cricket team. Now I think this ‘Cricket 5’ should be taken into the schools and will help to popularise the sport here. In order for cricket to become popular you have to attract the youths and when this is not done then it cannot grow. If we have them talking about the sports in school corridors then we will get somewhere and I intend to take ‘Cricket 5’ into the schools.”