March 5, 2006

Cuba

Cuba's latest revolution - cricket

Martin Williamson

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.

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Posted by tank shannon on (March 18, 2006, 20:04 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by Jonathan on (March 6, 2006, 13:35 GMT)

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Posted by 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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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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