Cricket is one of two compulsory extracurricular activities at Dallas College. Imraan Chand, Dallas College’s cricket coach, began playing social cricket at 21 years of age with the intention of developing a bond amongst men in his community in Botswana.
Mr. Chand’s journey speaks into the experience Dallas College students gain on and off the pitch, “Within a month I realized we had the potential to play at a higher level. Our game improved, and after six months the team and I crossed the border to play in Mafikeng, Rustenburg, Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp. This was the beginning of something extraordinary: young men followed instruction and took on their roles in the team. It was a synergy of leadership in a group.“
The ethos of cricket at Dallas College teaches the chivalric values of leadership, honour and fairness – respect for your opponents, your captain, the roles of the umpire and the game’s traditional values. Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution towards this.
The students make use of the fully equipped sports facilities of the Western Province Cricket Club, where Imraan Chand and Shaykh Habib Bewley train the Dallas College team twice a week.