The Ivy League played a huge role in the development of sports in America & won many early collegiate titles. With the Ivies’ rules against the granting of athletic scholarships however, other colleges have come to dominate college sports. Using cricket the Ivy League schools have the opportunity to even the score, as when University of Pennsylvania reached the final four in the American College Cricket National Championship in 2011.
There are intense sports’ rivalries among the Ivies, and the earliest were in cricket and rowing. Now Cornell University has become the 4th Ivy League school to be a part of American College Cricket, following University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Princeton.
On April 22, 1903 some graduate students at Cornell University met in Barnes Hall and, after considerable discussion & meetings, decided to form the Cornell Cricket Club. In the 1800s cricket was active at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Harvard University, Princeton University and clubs like Merion, Philadelphia, Germantown in PA, St George’s in NYC and Longwood in MA. However Cornell Cricket had sporadic activity and by 1911 went the way of cricket itself in America – it practically disappeared.
Attempts were made to revive cricket at Cornell in 2003, and 2008. In 2008 the focus was put on tape-ball, and over the next couple of years Cornell played against neighboring universities like Colgate & Syracuse.
In founding American College Cricket, President Lloyd Jodah did try develop a team at Cornell to play the first American College Cricket Spring Break Championship in 2009, but the effort was in vain.
However in 2012,with Salil Nanda as club president, Cornell University finally became a part of American College Cricket. Salil, a fast bowling an all rounder, graduated with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering but has remained part of the club. An example of the alumni involvement by American College Cricket achieving results. With colleagues Aritro Roy,Aadhar Jain,Taimoor Akhtar,Surya Saha, Madhur Srivastava,and Sekhar Moganty the Cornell Cricket Club was reorganized, and given focus.
Hard ball matches followed as the Cornell University Cricket club got ready for the 2012 American College Cricket North East Championship, sponsored by Coca Cola, in New York City in October. The Semis and Finals will be televised by TV Asia in USA and Canada.
American College Cricket has been leading the way for cricket in USA & Canada, becoming the first to webstream domestic cricket in March 2010, then televise it in Oct 2011.
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