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In “big win for the community,” Detroit’s only public cricket field opens

A public cricket field opened in Detroit on Saturday for the first time since the 1970s.

saiyed ahmed standing in front of field
Lester Graham
Cricket player and community organizer Saiyed Ahmed.

Cricket player Saiyed Ahmed is one of the people who helped make the new pitch a reality. To keep up with cricket’s rising popularity in Detroit, he pushed for the city to build a professional, public field.

“Slowly, Detroit residents, officials, everybody started getting used to the game,” Ahmed said. "And since that, now we’ve got a cricket field in Detroit.”

Ahmed started playing cricket in Detroit around 2004 — just about a year after he moved to the area from Bangladesh.

Back in 2004, Ahmed says only about eight people played the game in Banglatown, a neighborhood located on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit. Now, there are around 16 teams with 11-15 players each in this area alone.

Listen above to hear Ahmed explain why this pitch is a “big win for the community.” And for those Americans unfamiliar with the British pastime, he also explains how the game of cricket works.

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