USYCA is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Shekhar "Shekhs" Aravind, president of the Midwest Cricket Conference, and gives its heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mini and sons, Tarun and Tejas.
Shekhs was a visionary leader and a great friend to youth cricket, a cause to which he was deeply committed. Upon the MCC's joining of USYCA in February, Shekhs said:
"To develop cricket in America and other cricket developing nations, the key is to penetrate into the grassroots levels of education. The game needs to be introduced in school and park districts, so that it develops into a more popular game, beyond the box of an immigrant game status. For this, each cricket league and region should work with individual cities, park districts and school districts to involve these institutions in developing interest among our youth.
"It is my dream, and a key point on my agenda, to develop the great game of cricket in this region. It's one thing is to run a cricket league for all of the interested folks in the area, but the most important point is to develop the game at the grassroots level, so that this game will be embraced by all Americans, just not the immigrants."
USYCA pledges to work together with the Midwest Cricket Conference to ensure that Shekhs' dream is carried forward, and cricket truly becomes a game "embraced by all Americans."