The introduction of a cricket team to the slate of athletic programs at Keyano College is expected to draw more international students to the school.
Irfan Bangash is coaching the Keyano Huskies cricket squad in its inaugural season. Bangash is the president of the Fort McMurray Cricket Association, and has been coaching the sport in the community since 2013.
“There’s so much talent in this town,” said Bangash, adding that players from the local league have already joined Keyano’s new team.
In addition to homegrown talent, the program is also attracting interest from athletes from across the world, including Trinidad, Nepal, Jamaica, and Pakistan.
Bangash said more international students will be coming to Keyano next semester to play cricket.
“This is an example,” said Bangash. “Every school in Canada, if they want to attract international students, bring cricket.”
Keyano is offering a scholarship for cricket players