Midwest Cricket Conference established in 1965, is a fully insured, non-profit sporting body and a long-standing member of the United States of America Cricket Association. This umbrella organization comprised of teams from Chicago and suburban areas was formed to organize the sport of cricket played in the midwest. Other prominent members besides clubs from Chicago, are clubs from Peoria, Milwaukee, Madison and St. Louis.
Originally a British import, Cricket in the midwest as in most of United States, is played mostly by players from the Caribbean and the Asian subcontinent. People from all walks of life – doctors, engineers, students, computer professionals, cab owners/drivers, businessmen spend most of their summer weekend at the Washington Park indulging in the leisurely game of cricket. For a lot of them, it’s their favorite pastime.
Cricket in midwest has grown remarkably in the last five years. From 12 teams in 1995 to over 47 teams in the 2004 season the game of cricket has taken a huge leap forward in the midwest and there’s no looking back. Besides providing an opportunity to play cricket to the impassioned afficionados, weekend warriors and the ageless enthusiasts, the larger goal of introducing to the locals and to the youths remains a constant dream.
Cricket has a lot to contend with in this sport crazy city and country. Basketball has become less of a threat with Michael stepping out of the court, but then in came Football, Baseball and lately soccer ….its like running a steeplechase up the mountain with hurdles galore.