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August 19, 2013

Cricket participation growing slowly in Iowa, US

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The church has donated the land and manicures the field during the summer.

Just as Rajesh and Sanju will pass on their Hindu religion to their sons, 5-year-old Rohan and 9-month-old Aakash, they plan to pass on their love of cricket.

Both families in Hyderabad were devoted to the game, and Rajesh wants his son to be familiar with his family's background, which includes the sport.

"It's his ancestral identity," he said. "I don't want Rohan to grow up and not know where his parents are from. If someone asks him about a ritual or about cricket, I don't want him to not know."

So Rohan comes to the matches, gets to know the game and the players and takes a few swings with the bat.

Just as Rajesh shares his passion about game and country with his son, he'll do the same with colleagues come Monday.

"It makes me proud to share the game and explain how it fits in our culture," he said.

"It's great to tell how India is united based upon a game. It's the competitive spirit.

"For that moment, when a team gets an out, it's like that team becomes one country."

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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