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With the development of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis cricket program, the American Cricket Federation believes IUPUI could play a significant role in helping cricket in the U.S. grow. Jatin Patel (front row, center) recently led a practical cricket lesson at the IUPUI campus. Patel introduced the sport to the university in 2013 and the program has grown over the years. (photo provided)

The American Cricket Federation Dec. 5 said that, following a cricket lesson at the Indianapolis, Ind.-based Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus led by certified international cricket coach Jatin Patel, it believes IUPUI’s cricket program could help U.S. cricket grow.

Patel, who holds Cricket Australia and many U.S. Soccer coaching credentials, led a practical lesson for 21 IUPUI undergraduate students Dec. 5, but had introduced the university to the game in 2013.

Since Patel’s introduction of the sport, IUPUI has been organizing “Basics of Cricket” education and coach certification programs each year. The year 2017 marks the fifth successive year the program has been conducted.

The program uses USYCA youth cricket sets and the American Cricket Federation’s cricket coaching certification program for educational purposes only, the ACF news release said.

During the program, students go through a physical education class in cricket under Sandy Barnett, an Indiana University’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education lecturer for the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at the IUPUI campus.

Since 2013 and during the fall semester each year, participating students receive a basic practical education in the sport through on-field sessions at the semester’s end, ACF said.

Patel delivers the basic practical cricket lesson, including throwing the ball, catching, running between the wickets, bowling, playing strokes, wicket-keeping and the proper use of the batting crease.

The “future physical education teachers/coaches” were divided into groups to get the practical experience in all the vital areas of the sport, ACF noted.

Indiana is the only state in the U.S. currently offering such cricket coach education programs with a prime focus to develop future primary education programs for schools based on the simple concept of how physical education teachers and coaches alike can better understand the game.

USA Cricket recently announced a number of zonal volunteer positions in the areas of performance, participation, and membership; with a view to continuing to build a new USA Cricket national governing body and growth of the sport, ACF said.

USA Cricket recently noted that as it looks to expand its reach and deliver various activities within the community, local support will be helpful to realize the potential of these initiatives across the country. USA Cricket’s intention is to employ both full-time and part-time staff in the near future, as well as volunteer roles.

Keeping in mind these developments to promote cricket in the U.S., the IUPUI’s program and other college cricket education programs can play a significant role, in the development and growth of the sport in the country, ACF said.

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