Come out to the old (cricket) ball game


Have you ever wanted to win the coveted title of Best Batsman? Or maybe you would like to know what a Best Batsman is! You can see this creature at a tournament organized by the ever-imaginative York is U team. The group has been busy again, dreaming up interesting and unusual ways to whip up team spirit at the University. York is U team member Aaron Vidas, director of marketing & finance, sent YFile the following story about their latest event.


Hear the crack of the bat, the laughing of old friends. Could it be the old neighbourhood baseball diamond on an early fall evening? No. It’s York’s unofficial sport – cricket, of course. Played in the “back alleyways” of York for untold years, York is U is finally bringing it to the vanguard with the first annual York is U Cricket Challenge.

Teams from all over the Commonwealth are meeting on Oct. 4 & 5 to battle it out from 9am to 5pm at the Tait McKenzie Fieldhouse – for the Best Batsman, Bowler and Team magnanimous trophies.

But then again, it’s never been about the glory of the win. Duoaud Shah, our intrepid York is U cricket tournament organizer, remarked, “[It’s about] bringing a part of ‘back home’ into the York community.”

And that’s the aim of the York is U Cricket Challenge – to give those who cherish cricket, or those that have never played, a chance to shine in the York community and maybe get a little whisper of home.

Homesick international students, or just those out for a little fun, can throw on their cricket whites and come on down to the Tait McKenzie Fieldhouse this weekend to take in the pitch.

Come to watch or get a group of friends together for a team, pay $25 and you’re set for a day of enjoyment. You can register to play up until the end of day, Friday.

For more information about this event, contact the Cricket Challenge coordinator Arpit Wij at