This letter is being written to encourage the county and all local governments in Westchester to consider doing what the town of Greenburgh recently did — create a cricket field for the enjoyment of residents. I’m amazed at the positive response we have received from our residents and believe that cricket, if more playing fields would open up in the county, would become a very popular local sport.

Cricket is the second most followed sport in the world after soccer. Regions like Asia, Africa, UK, Caribbean Islands, Australia and New Zealand have a large fan following for the sport. In the U.S., baseball may be thought of as an American sport with a long and illustrious history, however cricket predates it. Cricket was being played on this land before it became the United States and historical records as early as 1737 have chronicled its existence. Even though baseball has eclipsed cricket in popularity, there are more than 600 dedicated cricket playing fields in the U.S.

Creating a cricket field in the town of Greenburgh was not very hard. We implemented our short-term goal of repurposing existing fields in the town to play cricket by curating a customized 22 yard by 10 foot cricket pitch either on concrete, grass or turf at Richard Presser Park on Central Avenue, Hartsdale. Feel free to email me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com if readers would like more information about this important sports initiative.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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