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10-28-2018, 03:21 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Deep in football country, wickets vie with goal posts as the game of cricket surges

“What is the fastest growing sport in the United States?” George B. Kirsch, professor emeritus at Manhattan College, wrote in the Journal of Sport History in 2016. “Surprisingly, with the possible exception of lacrosse, the answer is cricket.”


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[ I am not really anti-cricket, I just don't get it ]


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I am not really anti-cricket, I just don't get it
Obviously invented by the British, cricket is bar none the most bizarre game played on the planet. An Indian friend tried to teach me the game about 15 years ago, but I still don't get it, either.
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[ I am not really anti-cricket, I just don't get it ]
If you go to a one day game, chances are, by the end of the day, you'll get it.
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Obviously invented by the British, cricket is bar none the most bizarre game played on the planet. An Indian friend tried to teach me the game about 15 years ago, but I still don't get it, either.
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If you go to a one day game, chances are, by the end of the day, you'll get it.
Yeah, I'm no big cricket fan (though I've been to several big matches), but it's no more bizarre than football (soccer for you folks in the US ), American football, baseball, basketball or any other major sport. The reason it might seem weird to others is the regional relevance, popularity and, therefore, understanding of it (or lack thereof). Here in the UK, we're brought up with it. As a result, despite not being a big cricket fan, I completely understood what was going on at the first match I watched on TV, and the first I visited in person. By comparison, the first baseball game I saw for real in the US left me confused, but I was entertained by the overall spectacle of it. There were American kids in their very early teens who clearly understood it all perfectly. I just sat and waved my foam finger

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More weird sports: Curling looks like housework on ice. Golf.
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I am not surprised with the new 3hour cricket format. It's taking over world wide.
Saw this on netflix which was great for figuring it out and a bit more.
"Explained" Cricket (TV Episode 2018) - IMDb
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I used to watch cricket on Star TV network when I was in Korea the first time back in 92 and got to understand it fairly well. I at least understood the object of the game and how runs were scored, but stopping for tea time? Seriously? I have to chuckle.
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....but stopping for tea time? Seriously?
That's the most logical part of Cricket!

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Anywhere where there is a reasonably large South Asian population there will be a cricket league.
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More weird sports: Curling looks like housework on ice. Golf.
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OH, Oh, ( )

it's here in the heartland too:

" Kansas is well known for a good number of things. Since it's the state with the largest number of bingo parlors, why not take a break from one of the many casino bingo establishments and play a round of cricket with some friends? Below are a few of the grounds in Kansas, particularly around the Wichita area. "

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Cricket is bizzare in that there is action for only a tiny percentage of the time. Someone mentioned golf - that too. Cricket games are also called off, it seems. for the slightest of bad weather.

Radio and TV cricket commentaries are therefore largely filled in with stories of past matches and "glories", the weather, and what the teams might have had for breakfast. A newspaper columnist once wrote of an occasion when he switched on the radio to listen to an ongoing test match while washing his car. Half-listening, it took him 20 minutes before he realised that there was no match taking place because rain had stopped play, but the commentators were droning away in normal fashion anyway.
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After and during vacations in New Zealand and Great Britain I have enjoyed seeing a Cricket game now and again. When I was in Victoria BC on a brief vacation we found a odd group of people playing Cricket (not a organized set of sides) so we watched for a while. I have tried to learn the basics, but I just can't seem to follow along.

I do find the technology of the broadcasts on NZ and GB TV rather interesting. Similar to visualizing balls and strikes in baseball but really on steroids. The current work being carried out by Microsoft and some other people to put IoT technology into the Cricket bat for "instant" statistics to be almost funny. Baseball is a statisticians dream, but now Cricket appears to becoming the next thing for analysis. I still chuckle when I see a game where the players and fans take a break for tea.
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Cricket is reported to be the fastest growing sport in Canada ( Cricket Canada - Wikipedia), and it's popular in several larger cities.

I vaguely remember playing cricket when I was a young lad -- our British landlord lived next door. More recently, I was engaged professionally in a small international committee that featured regular poking and friendly gibing amongst the British and Australian members. Something about "The Ashes."

The game is unlikely to ever overtake ice hockey here.

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What Is the Most Watched Sporting Event in the World?
Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Number of viewers: 1,000,000,000+
Cricket World Cup 2015. Number of viewers: 1,000,000,000. ..
A billion people who, presumably, understand the game
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