Houston man building country's largest cricket complex in Waller County
If you build it, they will come. It's a saying that is most known for baseball. In Waller County, it's ringing true for cricket.
Houston businessman Tanweer Ahmed is building a 90 acre, 10 field cricket complex off Highway 290. When finsihed, it will be the largest cricket complex in the United States, built to serve a growing population of southeast Texans playing the sport. Houston Cricket League President Iqra Farooqui said the complex will be a game changer.
"We have over 30 teams that play in the Houston area, but we just don't have enough fields. This facility will allow us to play and help grow the game," said Farooqui.
Ahmed's field of dreams came about after seeing the need. He grew up in Pakistan, loving the sport. When he moved to the United States, the sport took a back seat to his career. In 2016, he picked it back up.
"A few of my co-workers asked me to play with them and the rest is history," Ahmed said. "I quickly realized there just weren't enough fields in Houston."
Currently, Houston cricket players have only nine fields stretching from Humble to East Bernard. Ahmed's Waller County facility will more than double that. For him, it's all about paying it forward and honoring the sacrifices his mother made while he was growing up.
"Whatever she has done for me and my brothers, I owe it to her. So mom, this is for you," said Ahmed.