Tales of Actual Legislation: Senator backs bill to promote cricket

At a time when the sports talk at the state Capitol is about making baseball the Empire State’s official sport, a state senator is looking to boost cricket.

Albany Highlanders’ bowler Ashok Adikooppula, right, releases the ball during their semifinal cricket game against Uprising on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at Grout Athletic Field in Schenectady, N.Y. Uprising batters are Amit Dinaram, left, and Gavin Narine center. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union)

Sen. James Sanders, D-Queens, has re-introduced legislation that would establish an Empire Region Cricket Board to be comprised of appointees from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The bill, which went nowhere in 2015 or 2016, also would require passage in New Jersey and Connecticut before the board would be established.

The stated purpose is to promote and grow the game of cricket in the tri-state area, which allegedly…

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