Far from the epicenter of the world of cricket, 20-year international legend Charlotte Edwards of England recently found a surprising passion for the sport and a shrine to its storied history on the campus of Haverford College.
“I wouldn’t have expected to come to the U.S. and be stood in a cricket library and to see some of the books, the bats,” Edwards said in an ESPNcricinfo report by Peter Della Penna.
“I held Don Bradman’s bat, and I would never have expected to do that in America. I would have expected to do that in Bowral in Australia, where I’ve played and Don Bradman lived, but that blew me away really.”
That tribute was Haverford College’s CC Morris Cricket Library, and Edwards’s visit came as part of an American coaching tour.
“Doing some stuff (in Philadelphia) was brilliant, and I really, really enjoyed it,” Edwards said. “So that’s something I’ve got to look into. Working with players is something I feel I can give a huge amount to, and I look forward to doing that over the next few years.”
Edwards is freshly retired from international competition and testing the waters of coaching.
“It really does feel that the game is growing so quickly. It has a huge amount of history to it, which people feel so invested in, and that’s brilliant,” she said. “I’m a cricket geek myself, and I kind of love it all, so to be (at Haverford College) was absolutely brilliant.”
Read more about Charlotte Edwards’s visit to Haverford College on ESPNcricinfo here.