Wednesday 8 August 2012 

Princeton University Joins American College Cricket

Princeton University Joins American College Cricket
 

Though informal cricket might have been played at Princeton in the 1700s & early 1800s a cricket club was formed in 1857, after University of Pennsylvania's in 1842 and before Harvard’s in 1862.

Princeton was challenged to a cricket match by Harvard University in 1889. Harvard coincidentally has just restarted a Cricket Club and become a part of American College Cricket.

From 2009 American College Cricket, and the significant media profile it has generated for the game, including on Facebook, is inspiring young cricketers all over the USA & Canada. The opportunity to compete against their peers is spurring students, who might have left the game, to be re-engaged.

The Princeton Cricket Club was restarted in 2010 by Tushar Gupta, who upon graduation was succeeded by Ric Sengupta, who got his MA in Mathematics this semester. Vijit Kapoor will be the President this Fall.

Ric Sengupta epitomizes American College Cricket's student-leaders : he’s going to pursue his Ph.D on a MIT Presidential Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) but as an undergrad won creative writing awards ! Including :- the Morris W. Kroll Poetry Prize and the Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award, 2010, from Princeton University, to fund research in the British National Archives and the British Library in London, for a novella on Sherlock Holmes’s investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Club member Faeez Ul Haq, was just named a recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Princeton Award.

New Club President Vijit Kapoor, an economics junior, writes for “for the sports section of the school newspaper and have recently been involved in the social entrepreneurship club on campus“.

Like many of American College Cricket teams at the beginning, the Princeton club plays tape-ball, and will transition to hard ball,said Kapoor:

“We play indoor tape ball cricket two nights a week, but we’re trying to get a major order of equipment through the Athletics department, including a half-length jute mat, so we can potentially host matches and play a bit of hard ball cricket ourselves. We’ve only played one match in the two years, which we lost. We’re looking to play matches against other colleges as much as possible. We’re really excited about what American College Cricket is doing !”