Indianapolis mayor blasts cricket field critics

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, then Auckland player Lou Vincent plays a shot during the Champions League Twenty20 cricket qualifying match between Somerset and Auckland in Hyderabad, India. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says Democrats on the City-County Council are demeaning minorities with their continued criticism about a $5 million park project including cricket fields that he’s championed.

As Democratic council leaders outlined a $340 million city infrastructure plan at that park on Wednesday, Councilman Zach Adamson said their spending proposal would be “cricket-proof.”

The Republican mayor tells The Indianapolis Star ( ) that such comments are demeaning to someone from India, where cricket is highly popular. Ballard says the cricket fields are a sign that the city is welcoming to international sports.

Democrats have frequently questioned the cricket fields project rather than using the money on road repairs and hiring police officers.

Adamson said he believed it clear the Democrats are talking about what he called wasteful spending.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star,


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