Intermountain Cricket League looks for even better things in 2014

Team Captains Kapil Soorma, left, for the Layton Bashers, and Krishna Kamojjala for the Hawks hold the Intermountain Cricket League Championship Trophy before squaring in the championship game at 11th Ave Park on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Team Captains Kapil Soorma, left, for the Layton Bashers, and Krishna Kamojjala for the Hawks hold the Intermountain Cricket League Championship Trophy before squaring in the championship game at 11th Ave Park on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

After the most successful cricket season the state of Utah has ever seen, league founder Nasir Kahn sees an even better season on the horizon.

The second season of the Intermountain Cricket League saw the Vincent Hawks top the Layton Bashers in a closely-contested match at 11th Avenue in the league’s first-ever championship tilt.

The annual Memorial Day-turned-Labor Day Tournament was a success with the Salt Lake County Sabrecats coming of top in the six-team, three-state, three-day festival of cricket.

The league was not only featured in this blog, but also in the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

“Honestly, this was my ultimate dream come true,” Kahn said in a interview before the ICL title game.

The third season of the ICL — if all goes as planned — will take a big step forward in 2014. Kahn hopes to add a sixth team, giving the ICL enough teams to get registered in the United States of America Cricket Association. That development will allow top league players to get recognized by USACA as candidates for the national team programs. Registering the league also fits in with USACA’s new focus.

With growth comes some happy challenges. The league is looking for a new ground. Just two pitches for six teams isn’t enough. Kahn said they’re looking at a few grounds in the southern half of the valley and in Utah County to help the Utah Lions’ travel situation.

Kahn’s also looking for companies that would be interested in sponsoring uniforms. Many players are students and can’t afford the $50 for a kit. You can contact him at nasirjkhan@msn.com

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