Cuba March 5, 2006

Cuba's latest revolution - cricket

The Daily Telegraph has a remarkable report on how cricket is making a big comeback in Cuba after disappearing for almost 30 years

The Daily Telegraph has a remarkable report on how cricket is making a big comeback in Cuba after disappearing for almost 30 years. It seems that Fidel Castro is worried young people on the island are becoming too Americanised and wants Cuba to feel more affinity with the Caribbean.

In the late 1990s, the game was confined to the traditional east of the island, but it soon spread to Havana, where there are more than 500 players now. "Thanks to someone in Argentina, we've got the rules of cricket translated into Spanish," Miss Ford told a journalist.

In the past couple of years, as gifts of equipment poured in from other cricket-playing nations, the potential for the sport percolated through to the powers that be.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • tank shannon on March 18, 2006, 20:04 GMT

    Catsro was a good keeper and a handy hitter in his day!

  • Greg on March 17, 2006, 11:57 GMT

    I agree. I think its fantastic that Cuba will be taking up Cricket. It is truly a great game. It thrills me that Cuba, a former Spanish and American territory is going to take up the game. hopefully, the whole Carribean will be Cricketers some day, raising the amount of players and the sports popularity out side of the Uk and the former Commonwealths.

  • Peter Blundell on March 7, 2006, 12:24 GMT

    If this months central american championships proves succesful perhpas we might see cuba in future versions of the tournament

  • Jonathan on March 6, 2006, 13:35 GMT

    The link does not work and returns a 404 error...

  • anmol gupta on March 5, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    it is wonderful to find that cricket is spreading to non british colonies and non traditional cricketing areas like cuba.there should be more competition in the wonderful game.

  • tank shannon on March 18, 2006, 20:04 GMT

    Catsro was a good keeper and a handy hitter in his day!

  • Greg on March 17, 2006, 11:57 GMT

    I agree. I think its fantastic that Cuba will be taking up Cricket. It is truly a great game. It thrills me that Cuba, a former Spanish and American territory is going to take up the game. hopefully, the whole Carribean will be Cricketers some day, raising the amount of players and the sports popularity out side of the Uk and the former Commonwealths.

  • Peter Blundell on March 7, 2006, 12:24 GMT

    If this months central american championships proves succesful perhpas we might see cuba in future versions of the tournament

  • Jonathan on March 6, 2006, 13:35 GMT

    The link does not work and returns a 404 error...

  • anmol gupta on March 5, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    it is wonderful to find that cricket is spreading to non british colonies and non traditional cricketing areas like cuba.there should be more competition in the wonderful game.

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  • anmol gupta on March 5, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    it is wonderful to find that cricket is spreading to non british colonies and non traditional cricketing areas like cuba.there should be more competition in the wonderful game.

  • Jonathan on March 6, 2006, 13:35 GMT

    The link does not work and returns a 404 error...

  • Peter Blundell on March 7, 2006, 12:24 GMT

    If this months central american championships proves succesful perhpas we might see cuba in future versions of the tournament

  • Greg on March 17, 2006, 11:57 GMT

    I agree. I think its fantastic that Cuba will be taking up Cricket. It is truly a great game. It thrills me that Cuba, a former Spanish and American territory is going to take up the game. hopefully, the whole Carribean will be Cricketers some day, raising the amount of players and the sports popularity out side of the Uk and the former Commonwealths.

  • tank shannon on March 18, 2006, 20:04 GMT

    Catsro was a good keeper and a handy hitter in his day!