Officials get fired up for new Atlanta cricket team

Once the most popular sport in America, cricket is again on the rise and officials helped launch a new club, Atlanta Fire, last week at a press conference at the Georgia Capitol.

The city’s new cricket team was introduced on June 23 by state Reps. Pedro Marin and Carl Gilliard and Atlanta Fire Cricket Club CEO Mohammed Hasan Tarek.

“Atlanta Fire Cricket Club’s core mission is to elevate cricket’s popularity and represent Atlanta as the premier professional club throughout the United States. Atlanta Fire Cricket Club hopes to function as a first division club to foster cricket development in Georgia and provide opportunities for players residing in the United States to develop into professional cricketers,” Tarek said in a press release.

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