April 25, 2012
USYCA is happy to welcome the Dulles Cricket Club as its newest member organization. The team is based in Northern Virginia and is one of the top clubs within Division I of the Washington Cricket League (WCL). DCC was also one of 32 teams from across the United States to play in the 2011 US Open cricket tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Demonstrating its committment to youth, the DCC has pledged an annual equipment donation to USYCA, plus DCC offers free coaching to youths during its practice sessions in Sterling, VA. (For more information about the practice sessions, contact Aniruddh Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
DCC returns to action this season after a breathrough year in 2011 in terms of on-field results and emphasis on youth cricket, with the club finishing as runners-up in the T20 tournament and reaching the semi-finals of the 40-over tournament. The average age on the team that went to the 2011 US Open cricket tournament in Florida was just 24, and from the total roster of 13 players, four were under the age of 19. Three of those under-19 players have represented the USA in international tournaments.
Committed to diversity, the DCC has fielded players from the USA, Guyana, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. Also, the club openly solicited under-19 players from Dreamcricket’s youth academy to try-out for the DCC. This focus on youth has paid off for DCC players, too.
Charan Singh represented the USA senior squad during the 2011 Toronto Cricket Festival, scoring the most runs with the highest individual score and also had the best batting average during the 2011 WCL season. Christopher Vantull and Stephon Singh both represented the USA under-19 squad during the series against the West Indies, and Raj Bhavsar of the Edison Cricket Club was the top run scorer for one of the New Jersey cricket leagues.
DCC has been fortunate to have as one of its sponsors Shyam Bhatia, who has provided them with the support system to promote youth cricket. His “Cricket for Care” cause supports underprivileged children who do not have sufficient funding to pursue cricket, but have a keen interest in the sport and are willing to work hard. The DCC also commends the leaders within the WCL Executive Committee for their encouragement along the way.
"We fully support USYCA’s goals and believe that youth cricket in America will grow exponentially in USA through USYCA’s efforts," said Roy. "We believe that supporting youth cricket is essential for growing the popularity of the sport in America and bringing it into the mainstream."
"USYCA couldn't be happier having such a dynamic and dedicated group as the Dulles Cricket Club on our team," said President Jamie Harrison. "With their devotion to youth development and leadership in Northern Virginia, I believe that the DCC will be huge assets as cricket expands in the Washington, DC area."