Cricfest is ex­pected to draw 2,000 in S.F.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - PAGE 2 - By Scott Ostler Scott Ostler is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle colum­nist. Email: sostler@sfchron­i­cle.com. Twit­ter: @scot­tostler

How big is cricket in the Bay Area?

We’ll get an in­di­ca­tion Satur­day, when pro­mot­ers an­tic­i­pate a ca­pac­ity crowd of around 2,000 fans for Cricfest, a mul­ti­me­dia cricket event at City View in San Fran­cisco Me­treon, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Head­lined by an ap­pear­ance of cricket le­gends Anil Kum­ble, for­mer Team In­dia cap­tain and coach, and Viren­der Se­hwag, one of the great­est scor­ers in his­tory, the event will in­clude a vir­tual-re­al­ity cricket sim­u­la­tor and en­ter­tain­ment zones, and a screen­ing of “US 6: The Home­com­ing,” fea­tur­ing six top young In­dian Amer­i­can crick­eters on a jour­ney to In­dia for train­ing and cul­tural im­mer­sion.

Cricfest is a pro­duc­tion of Hot­star, an In­dian dig­i­tal and mo­bile en­ter­tain­ment plat­form. A sim­i­lar event was held ear­lier this year in Brook­lyn. At­ten­dance is free and ex­clu­sively for Hot­star sub­scribers.

The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil says the United States has more than 200,000 cricket play­ers, on 6,000 teams in 450 leagues.

“Cricfest is, un­doubt­edly the most ex­cit­ing cricket prop­erty in Amer­ica and brings to­gether the crick­et­ing com­mu­nity from In­dia and the U.S.,” said Kum­ble.

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