Police on sticky wicket as they try to court NY’s South Asian Muslim community with cricket. After establishing a youth cricket league as a front, the police department of New York, one of the most heavily militarized cities in the USA – is marred by spying scandal. Kanishk Tharoor in Aljazeera America
NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2013) — The players in the New York Police Department’s under-19 cricket league refer to one of its oldest supervising officers as “Shabash”(“Bravo” in Urdu). They call him that because he uses the term so often and so indiscriminately. It is the only Urdu word he has picked up in his six years of working with the predominantly South Asian and Caribbean teams.