Asian community news Service USA
Chicago: Midwest Cricket Conference (MCC) kicked off its 20/20 cricket season with its inaugural Chicago Premier League — Abid Laheri Night Tournament Season Opener — at Northwest suburban Hanover Park on June 7.
The tough competition between Pak Gymkhana and their old rivals United Gymkhana became more exciting with cricket lovers cheering the battling teams.
Several dignitaries were among the large crowd that enjoyed the match and accompanying festivities. The Mayor of Hanover Park, Rodney Craig, delivered the first ball to inaugurate the tournament. He also read out an official proclamation declaring June 7 as Midwest Cricket Confer-ence Day in Hanover Park — in honor of the cricket league.
Shekhar Aravind, president of MCC, presented the Mayor with a plaque to mark the occasion.
Also in attendance were Skip Strittmatter, DuPage County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, accompanied by Lorraine Freeman, who is familiar to many MCC members, and vice president of FIA Ashfaq Sharif. Also joining the crowd fresh from the airport to watch his teammates in action was Ashhar Mehdi, wicketkeeper for Team USA, having just returned to the USA team’s triumphant T20 America’s Cup tournament victory in Bermuda (where he himself was awarded the “Best wicketkeeper of the tournament” award).
The exciting event concluded with the tremendous victory of Pak Gymkhana.
With the increasing popularity of this exciting new brand of cricket, the CPL Abid Laheri tournament has also taken a quantum leap forward this season, jumping in size from 12 teams last season to 20 teams this year. Matches in the CPL Abid Laheri T20 Tournament will be conducted every evening, Monday through Friday, at 1909 Walnut Avenue, Hanover Park, under lights from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.