It’s an exciting time for cricket fans all over the world as the fourth ICC Twenty20 World Cup, a highly competitive international cricket tournament, is being played in Sri Lanka. As it enters the semi-finals this week, only Pakistan, West Indies, Australia and the host country remain in competition.
But around the same time the World Twenty20 got underway with 12 teams last month, a group of men from a variety of professional backgrounds and a love for the game of cricket took the grounds of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Edison, N.J.
Appeals of “howazat” echoed, a term shouted in enthusiasm in cricket, a way for the fielding team to make an appeal to the umpire to ask whether the batsman is out or not. The Edison Cricket Club was playing a Millennium Cricket League match against the Leisure Team. The league is one of six in N.J. alone. The state has a total of 162 cricket teams.
“You can take an Indian out of his country,” said Amit Patel, 31, an IT manager and Edison team player. “But you can’t take cricket out of his heart.”
This photo essay showcases the Sept. 22 game between both teams and aims to capture the expressions and intensity of players on the field. Most players are first or second-generation immigrants from India.