November 29, 2013

USA cricket

It's not just an insect in the US

One of the responsibilities of the New York city mayor's office is organising an annual T20 tournament. Kamakshi Ayyar in Wisden India chronicles the rise in prominence of the game in the United States from an activity introduced by immigrants to the reason why some students went to school.

"It's like a breath of fresh air for them," Bassett Thomson said, the first Public School Athletic League commissioner of cricket. "They all tell me the same thing - if we didn't play cricket, we wouldn't be doing anything else." One player from John Adams High School told Thompson that the only reason he finished high school was because PSAL eligibility rules require participants to pass all classes. "He wanted to play cricket so badly," Thompson explained, "that he made sure he didn't fail any classes."

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