The Indian Association of Columbus will host its annual cricket tournament today and Sunday at Kenneth O. Dunn Stadium, just north of the 4-H Fairgrounds.
And for those who would like to learn how to play one of the world’s most popular games — or just want to try to bowl a ball past a batsman to strike a wicket — volunteers will offer a cricket camp Sunday for ages 10 and up.
The tournament will feature 13 teams, including one each from Indianapolis and Bloomington and 11 from Columbus. Games on Saturday will begin no later than 10 a.m. and finish by 8 p.m. Playoffs will be Sunday, said Shashi Singh, an organizer and Cummins employee.
Each team will have at least 10 players and, with spectators, attendance could reach 200.
Spectators can watch the tournament and participate in the clinic, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday, for free. Clinic participants should wear clothes in which they would play baseball. They do not have to bring equipment.
Organizers view the event as a mixture of athletics and amusement.
Singh, an electrical engineer at Cummins, and a native of Bihar, in eastern India, said that at least one team will have members exclusively from countries outside of Asia. On Sunday, organizers will offer free samosas, a traditional Indian fried pastry filled with potatoes and spices.
Cricket matches are gaining popularity in Columbus especially because of the influx of residents from the Indian subcontinent. During colonial times, the British exported the game, which has similarities to baseball, throughout the British Empire, and it has become one of the most popular sports on the planet.
If games are rained out today, Singh said the whole tournament will be postponed until June 8 and 9 and moved to Ceraland.