Student Shares His Passion for the Game of Cricket
Grade 9 student,Karan Amin, travelled to Guyana on the northern coast of South America for 12 days over March Break as a member of the U16-U18 Ontario Cricket team. In Guyana, Karan played against nine other U16 teams from across South America and the world, including the very competitive Guyanese team.
“Our team won five games and lost four (against the really big teams),” recalls Karan. “I bowled all nine games and took 16 wickets.” For those not overly familiar with the game, those are pretty good stats and with Scouts in abundance, Karan is hoping he got noticed.
Karan’s Ontario team chose to compete in this tournament as a way to measure themselves against some high level teams and see where they rank. While they were playing as a team, they were also being observed for their individual skill level as selections for the U16 Team Canada are currently underway. This is the second year Karan has played for Ontario and his sixth year competing in this sport. His ultimate goal would be to make Cricket Canada and compete in Australia for the World Cup next year. Karan will find out in June whether he is selected.
He developed his love for the game from both his father and grandfather. His dad taught him the rules and instilled the passion by watching cricket on TV, while stories of his grandfather who played in the Ranji Trophy, a domestic cricket championship in India, are family lore.
Karan’s enthusiasm for the sport is infectious. A few years ago he convinced his teacher, Mr. Jugoon, to start a cricket intramural sports club at CDS, which is now in its second year and has doubled in size.
According to Mr. Jugoon, “Karan has been instrumental in revitalizing the CDS Cricket Club through his tireless efforts to recruit new members. Due to his provincial playing experience, he brings an elevated level of technical expertise and deep understanding of the game to our school club. When Karan joined, he challenged existing members to build upon its recreational foundation and inspired them to approach the sport with professionalism, pride and intensity. We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our club.”