Henry J. Brown
As popular as cricket is in most other countries around the world, not many Americans know anything about it, much less understand it.
The sport itself isn’t all that complicated, it involves hitting a ball the size of a baseball into the air, and running back and forth between two sets of three posts called wickets to score runs for your team. These are the basics of the game, but just a portion of the rules that make up the second most popular sport in the world.
There are a few other rules, such as how to bowl (the equivalent to pitching the ball in baseball) the ball in cricket, the numerous ways to get a player out and how to hit the ball, but that’s not the point of this article. The point of this article is to show how cricket has increased in popularity in America.
Some believe that this popularity in cricket began in the mid-1970s, when immigrants from the West Indies arrived in America, which makes sense seeing that the sport was already very big in that general area.
One possible reason for its lack of popularity in some people could be the length of game, which can last far longer than most sports that we watch.
“Cricket’s a fun sport;” said Kofie Yeboah, assistant editor at The Undefeated. “I just can’t watch it for 3-5 hours.”
If you were one of those people who didn’t know much about cricket, you wouldn’t know about the many leagues and cricket clubs scattered around the country, particularly in heavily populated states like Florida, California and New York. The Washington area, for instance, sports two leagues with over 40 teams, and almost 2,000 weekend players.
One of the largest audiences captured by cricket includes children, primarily because of the satisfaction of easily hitting a ball with a bat, while actually hitting the ball is harder in baseball.
If cricket were to be advertised more, then that would be one big way to get cricket more out there, and more noticed by the public. Since ESPN is the largest way that most sports fans notice things in the sports world. If cricket were in the Olympics or something or had a World Cup-type event on a big sports channel where everyone could see it.