Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker gives cricket league his approval

Pratap Murali of the Boise Cricket Club gets ready to flick over the midwicket against the Utah Lions in the Intermountain Cricket League’s Memorial Weekend Tournament in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite many reports to the contrary, spring training isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning for Utah’s premier cricket clubs.

This past Sunday and the next two Sundays in April players from the Salt Lake County Sabrecats, Utah Lions, Vincent Hawks and Layton Bashers have been training together at Salt Lake City’s 11th Avenue Park. It’s the first time the teams have trained together in this fashion.

All four clubs are members of the Intermountain Cricket League, which is in its second season. The 2012 season of twenty20 cricket had four full-time clubs and three part-time (Logan, Boise and Las Vegas also joined in the fun) club, but the winner of the league title was in dispute as the Lions and Sabrecats had similar, but disputed, records.

But as it is with baseball’s spring training, hope springs eternal for the league. Sabrecats captain Nasir Khan met with Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker in February. The city allowed the league more time on the field, while Becker said he was happy to see the diversity of sport being played in the city.

Khan said he was happy that spring is back and to be out of a forced cricket “hibernation.”

“It was brutal,” he said.

After the winter break, the clubs decided to move the annual Memorial Day Tournament to Labor Day to hopefully avoid bad weather after several recent tournament matches were rained out. Khan said historically, rain is much more likely to hit on Memorial Day than Labor Day.

The ICL season openers will be played on April 28. All four clubs are looking for players to fill out their rosters. The following is a list of four clubs, their general geographic area, and contact info.

Salt Lake County Sabrecats (central and western Salt Lake Valley)
Nasir Khan: 801-913-1786

Utah Lions (south Salt Lake Valley, Utah County)
Omar Alam, 801-529-4321,

Vincent Hawks (east Salt Lake Valley, University of Utah)
Krishna Kamojjala (K.C.), 801-867-2994,

Layton Bashers (Davis County)
Rajeev Soorma, 801-414-3434,


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