Boston University begins Credit Course in Cricket !Taught by BU Capt Hayat Khan!

As a boy,I played cricket every chance I got, mainly with my brothers, Michael & Ricky who were close to my age & later Errol, or with anyone, & even alone !…we played in the sunshine & in the dark….I wished I could get school credit for playing, but thought that was pure fantasy !  

Well, thanks to the work of Boston University Cricket Club President Hayat Khan students at BU can now get credit for learning & playing cricket !

Some months ago Hayat began the process of motivating the relevant college administrators to start such a class. He discussed the idea with American College Cricket President Lloyd Jodah, who gave Hayat a syllabus,& some suggestions. Nadir Budhwani, Phd had pioneered such a course  in 2005 at the University of Minnesota, which was continued by Charles Peterson.

In between doing his college work & exams, playing in the American College Cricket Regionals ( BU’s first match on TV), & getting the team ready for the Nationals, Hayat made a film & did the requisite presentations to get the course approved, then called Lloyd with the great news !

Here’s Hayat’s description of the class:

The class is called PDP GS 150 (GS for general sports). It’s a 1 credit class and it meets in the FitRec which is the Fitness and Recreation Center (the gym). It will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 11 am. BU student Hayat Khan will be the instructor for the class.

Beginning-level course on the history and rules of cricket. Basic skills will be explored with an emphasis on mastering batting, bowling and fielding techniques. By the end of class, students should be familiar with the fundamentals of cricket and be able to participate in practice games. Equipment will be provided.

Hayat at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, teaching a boy how to hold a bat.

This class comes soon after BU put an exciting moving cricket graphic as their banner on the University Homepage !

A true American cricketer, Hayat Khan is the BU Cricket Club President & Captain, & has played in a number of American College Cricket National & Regional Championships. As a high school student he played in the PSAL and the NYPD youth cricket leagues, & one of the reasons he selected Boston University for college, was because he read about BU’s American College Cricket team.

The Boston University CC under then President Sumantro Das, & Captain Shilpin Makwana is one of the 5 pioneering pillars of American College Cricket that played the first Championship in 2009 and has played every tournament since. It was given the honor of being the first college team (vs Rutgers) to play at the CBRP Cricket Stadium (in 2010).

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