Add cricket to the list of sports and activities at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex.
On Sunday, the Timmins Tigers Cricket Club will inaugurate the city’s first indoor cricket practice arena.
Director Deepak Datta says it’s an 80-by-20-foot space behind a concrete wall next to the ice rink. It’s equipped with a cricket cage, similar to a baseball cage.
“Kids or adults can practice their swing and their body will be in the same motion,” Datta points out. That will keep them in shape until they can get back on the outdoor pitch in late spring.
He goes on to say it allows members of the South Asian community who play the sport in the summer, to maintain their skills over the winter. He also hopes to attract interest from the city’s hockey, baseball and soccer players.
“Cricket is a medium to connect them to their other friends and community members here, so that way they will feel they’re still at home.”
Datta observes that in Asia and Australia, cricket is a near-religion, like hockey is in Canada.
You can learn more, and how to donate to the club, on the Timmins Tigers’ Facebook page and the audio of Bob McIntyre’s interview with Deepak Datta right here.