March 29, 2015

AMERICA'S GAME:

How Philadelphia became the unlikely epicenter of American cricket (Raf Noboa y Rivera, 28 March 2015, The Guardian)

The greatest bowler - arguably - in cricket's long history was an American. Let that sink in for a moment.

Here's another fact: cricket was America's first modern team sport.

These may be strange words to write; even stranger to read them. The United States of America, as recently as the turn of the last century, possessed cricketing talent on par with England, Australia, and other cricket nations.
And then it all ended.

On the eve of the Cricket World Cup final on Saturday, it's worth exploring just how cricket was all but extinguished in America - and if there's any route back for the sport in a country where once it reigned supreme.

Cricket's American roots run deep and gnarled through the soil of American history. In fact, it predates the establishment of the United States by nearly a century, if not more. The first evidence of its existence comes from the secret diaries kept by Virginia planter William Byrd III. Byrd, an infamous bon vivant, was famous for establishing the first major horse race in the New World; something he arranged with other planters he knew. His involvement in American cricket is less well-known, but no less important, because it places it in the historical record.

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