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“Competition and fun” are offered by the WSU Cricket Club to its players, according to Murali Chandra, the club’s player-coach.

Founded in 1978, the team is part of the Sport Club Federation under the auspices of the WSU Department of University Recreation.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that was first played in southern England in the 16th century. It eventually became the national sport of England by the end of the 18th century. With the expansion of the British Empire, cricket was carried overseas and by the mid-19th century the first international matches were being held. Today, cricket is played in more than 100 countries.
Chandra, an associate professor, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (VCAPP), said although it has more than 35 players on
its roster, including team captain Ranganath Mamidi,
there’s always a need for more to join the team.

For those interested in joining, already having cricket skills is helpful, but not necessary, “as long as they have a desire, some athletic skills and are physically fit,” he said.

Cricket players need skills and endurance. A cricket match can run to about four or five hours, not including rest time and a lunch break.

WSU team practices and competition are held on Rogers-Orton Field on Nevada Street, near Alan Rogers and Charles W. Orton residence halls.

During cricket competition, there are two teams of 11 players each. The team in the field has two bowlers (pitchers), who bowl (pitch) a hard leather ball. Players hit the ball with a wooden bladed bat. Each team tries to score more runs than its opponent.

Upcoming matches on the team’s league schedule include May 16 against the Microsoft Crimsons at Marymoor Park in Redmond and May 30, starting at 11 a.m., against the Seattle Pioneers at Rogers-Orton.

Want to learn more about cricket? Click on these links: “Cricket,”  “Comparison between cricket and baseball” and “Explaining cricket to Americans.”
For more information about the WSU Cricket Club, contact Murali Chandra, 335-7561 or