PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES PROFESSIONAL CRICKET WITH OPEN ARMS AT THE “ PHILLY SUMMER CRICKET FESTIVAL 2022 ”
PHILADELPHIA,PA(AUGUST 10, 2022)-Saturday,July 30, 2022will be a dayetched in the history of cricket in the country as 1500+ fans thronged to attendthe inaugural Philly Summer Cricket Festival 2022 hosted by The PhiladelphiansCricket franchise in association withToyotaMinor League Cricket at the ExtonPark playing fields in Exton, PA. The festival will go on record as one of the highestattended professional domestic cricket events in the country in recent memory.The ToyotaMinor League CricketChampionship presented by Sunoco, launchedin 2021, is the nation’s largest,officially sanctionedsemi-professional T20 cricket league featuring 26 teams from across the country. The Philadelphia region isrepresented by “The Philadelphians Cricket”franchisewith the team’s home baseset at Exton Park Playing fields, PA.Encouraged by strong pre-event registration, the organizing team ensured nostone was left unturned in terms of making sure the stage was set to put up ahigh-quality display of professional T20 games coupled withplentyof funactivitiesfor fansoff the field. On offer weretwoaction-packed professionalMinor League Cricket T20 matches featuring the cream of international anddomestic talent represented by teams from Philadelphia, New York, New Jerseyand Washington DC, all of whom put on high voltage performances on the field.
The day began with a free cricket clinic hosted byThe Philadelphiansengagingyoung playersbetweentheageofsixandfifteen. The youngsterslearnedaboutthe sport from England World Cup winning superstar, Liam Plunkett,and a renowned international cricket coach who’s also the Philadelphians’ head coach,Aravind Raghavan.Adding to the zing off the field was a special concessions area featuring boothsfrom the sponsors of the leagueas well asThe Philadelphiansand multipleoptions forlocalfoodandbeverages from local vendors. Minor League Cricket’stitle sponsor Toyota brought along a swanky looking 2022 Toyota Tundra Pickupfor display coupled with a captivating virtual reality cricket game that became aninstant fan favorite. The Philadelphians’principal sponsor PARX Casino added tothe flavor by offering free gaming coupons and a standout golf cart drive aroundthe field treating fans to some free official Philadelphians merchandise. TheChester County’s tourism bureau presented fans and VIP guests with welcomegoodies while local sponsors like realtor Maharshi Patel brought in special fanoffers for the event. At the Philly Cricket booth, fans got to buy some coolfranchise merchandise as well as to meet their favorite cricket stars includingformer England world cup winning superstar, Liam Plunkett, and Milind Kumar,former IPL star and the Philadelphians’ captain for pictures and autographs. The history of cricket in Philadelphia is much celebrated given the presence of thesport in the region since the 18th century and the dominance of teams from thecity in the 19th and 20th centuries. This was well represented by a special boothset up by the CC Morris Cricket Library which runs the oldest cricket museum inthe western hemisphere featuring rare artifacts-including the personal cricketbat of global cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman as well as personal gear of thegreatest cricketer of America, John “Bart” King. The fans got an opportunity to getup and close withthese special memorabiliaas well as learning about the deep-rooted history of cricket in America and more specifically around Philadelphia. More thanhalfof the attendees had their very first live encounter with aprofessional cricket match and the excitement was palpable. Fans could be seenteaching and learning about the sport with the DJ/AnnouncerAB Bhaktadishingout game details coupled with peppy tunes to keep the audience engaged androlling.The franchise’s volunteer group was led by enthusiastic high school kidsrepresenting nonprofit organizations like "Sewa International” and "Asha Jyothi”that focus on personality development of the youth and in shaping up futureleaders. Attendees were well impressed by the cheerful greetings from our young volunteers whose primary goal was to ensure a smooth operational flowthroughout the day. The cricket action did not disappoint the fans as the afternoon game between thePhiladelphians and New Jersey Stallions went down the wire till the very last ball. Thatroundedup what will remain as a memorable day and a huge step forward in terms of reloading thebeautiful sport of cricket in and around Philadelphia.Cricket definitely was welcomed with open arms by the sports loving fanbase of Philadelphia atbeautiful Exton Park.QUOTES:“At Major League Cricket, we aim to bring cricket to a wider audience in the United States andcommunity events like the Philly Summer Cricket Festival act as an important catalyst in thatdirection. It is great to see so many fans come out to enjoy a day of Minor League Cricket gameswhile learning about the sport and its history,”saidSameer Mehta, co-founder, Major LeagueCricket.“The Philly Summer Cricket Festivalwas a fantastic showcase for Minor League Cricket, withThe Philadelphians’fan engagement efforts in the communitypaying dividends. It wasgreatto experience the atmosphere at the match and speak with so many new fansenjoying the gamealongside hundreds of passionate Philadelphians supporters and young local players. I expect tosee this event become a significant annual fixture in the Philly cricket scene, helping to forge anew era for the sport locally,” said Tom Dunmore, Vice-President of Marketing, Major LeagueCricket.“The Philadelphians Cricket franchise takes a lot of pride in the rich history of the sport in thecity of Philadelphia. It is our primary goal to bringcricket back to itsformergloryin the UnitedStatesand the success of the Philly Summer CricketFestival definitely offers a glimpse ofPhillysports fans’appetite towards well packaged sporting events. We aim to make this a regularfeature in the region’ssummer calendar and treat our fans to more cricket-basedentertainment,”saidMurali Kailashnath, founding partner, The Philadelphians Cricket LLC.“It was an honor to be asked to attend my first cricket match on July 30at Exton Park.I greatlyenjoyed the match and it is clear that cricket in Exton Park is a sport on the rise,”saidSeanKilkenny, Montgomery County Sheriff, PA.“It was like a dream come to life to watch a professional cricket game in our township with afestival like atmosphere supported by the largest crowd for any league game in the country.The Philadelphians cricket franchise really put up a great event for fans in the region to enjoy,”saidRajesh Kumbhardare, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, West Whiteland Township, PA.“July 30th was a special day for The Philadelphians and the cricketing community in general. Wecouldn’t be happier to have witnessed what turned out to be a historic response from Cricketfans in the region. Glad that we could plan and handle all of this to the fans’ satisfaction. Weaim to make this bigger and better going forward,”said Anand Subramanian, Head ofOperations,The Philadelphians Cricket LLC.ABOUT MINOR LEAGUE CRICKETMinor League Cricket (MiLC) is a nationalsemi-professionalTwenty20 cricket competition for city-basedteams from across the United States, launched in 2021 with 26teams taking partin the 2022 season.The most extensive competition in American cricket, MiLC provides a foundational structure as apathway to Major League Cricket and the United States National Team for the nation’s best players.Visitwww.minorleaguecricket.comformoredetails.ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIANSThe Philadelphians Cricket LLC was established in 2020 with a vision to bring cricket back to itsold glory in Philadelphia and to scale up the sport at a professional level in America.Driven by the rich cricketing history of Philadelphia and existing growth potential, thePhiladelphians’ primary goal is to enable professional cricket by means of fielding a top qualitycricket team representing the city of Philadelphia in Minor League Cricket, investing in playerdevelopment programs at the grassroots level, developing infrastructure, engaging national andinternational professional players and coaches, working closely with the local communityincluding its leaders to make Philadelphia asought after and commercially viable hub for cricketin America.Visitwww.phillycricket.comfor more details.