Cricket (What Else?) in Silicon Valley on July 4 Holiday

July 4, 2013 9:34 PM

Cricket (What Else?) in Silicon Valley on July 4 Holiday

" What could be more American on the Fourth of July that apple pie and... cricket?

Well, that's what more than 120 cricketers are doing this long July 4 weekend in Silicon Valley, in an annual tournament hosted by the Northern California Cricket Association that starts Thursday.

While cricket is a game started by the Brits (ironically) and wildly popular in South Asia, the polite, complicated game is actually the precusor to baseball. Which is indeed an American sport. And it's beloved by many Indo-American and Pakistani Americans who now call the Bay Area home.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," said Hemant Buch, one of the South Bay's premier cricket advocates and the founder of a youth cricket academy. He added that his colleagues chose the day, not specifically because of Independence Day, but the long weekend provides ample time for players to travel and enjoy the game.

There are 12 teams competing in the event on various cricket "pitches," or fields, in Santa Clara and San Jose. Each team of about 11 players paid $2,000 to participate and the winning team will earn $20,000, Buch said "

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