Cricket

April 26, 2014 Fayaz Mogal explains the game of cricket and his team the Fort Wayne Warriors play a game of cricket.

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What is cricket?
Cricket is similar to baseball, as the players bat a ball and try to score as many runs as possible. But there are many differences. The game is played in one or two innings by two teams of 11 players each. Each team takes turns to bowl (pitch) a hard-leather ball. Batters use a flat bat, and instead of running bases, they run forward on a pitch – a rectangular grassy strip in the center of the field.
At each end of the pitch, there is a wicket, or small gate, on which two balls sit. One team bats, while the other team bowls (pitches) and fields.
There are two batsmen (batters) at a time, one standing at each end of the pitch next to the wicket. Runs are scored when a batsman, known as the striker, hits the ball. After a ball is hit, a player may keep running back and forth between the opposite ends, scoring one point every time they complete the full distance.
The fielding team tries to get one batsmen out by tagging the wicket before the batsman reaches the opposite end, a run out, or by catching a ball hit in the air by the striker. An out can also be made if the bowler bowls the ball past the striker and the ball hits the wicket or if the striker hits the wicket instead of the ball. The team that scores more runs wins the game.
Photos by Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne Warriors team member Fayaz Mogal hits a ball during a recent cricket match.
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Member of local cricket team expands interest in game

Many of the men on the team are from India or other countries where cricket is popular.

Fayaz Mogal grew up playing cricket in India. But he didn't become a Warrior in the game until he moved to Fort Wayne in 2006.

Mogal is part of the Fort Wayne Warriors, a cricket team made up of business professionals – including those in manufacturing, health care and technology – who play mainly on the weekends. There are 20 to 25 members on the team, Mogal says.

Like Mogal, who is 32, most of the men are in their 20s and 30s. Mogal is married with a 3-year-old son and works at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

The team started after several men who had an interest in cricket got together to play. Most of the members are from India, but there are also players from Pakistan and from Trinidad and Tobago, Mogal says.

“We knew there was a lot of interest in cricket,” he says. “Being in a small minority community, you get to know people.”

The team played their first tournament in 2009 – the year the team was created. Mogal says the most recent tournament, which the team hosted in September, included 16 teams from across Indiana and Ohio; they have another tournament planned for May 31 at Kreager Park.

But playing cricket in Fort Wayne has had its difficulties. The team currently plays in baseball fields because the city's parks don't have a pitch – the grassy strip used for the game.

That means the team doesn't play official cricket and uses a hard tennis ball manufactured for cricket use, Mogal says.

The team has submitted a proposal to the Fort Wayne Parks Department asking for a cricket pitch to be placed in Kreager Park. Mogal says the park had a pitch at one time, but it was removed.

Adding a pitch to the park would help the team's efforts to promote the game of cricket. Part of that effort is hosting youth camps and talking to people who come to the games and know nothing about cricket, Mogal says.

“We have so many people stopping by, … asking, ‘What are you doing?' ”

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