Philadelphia Weekly's Steven Wells watched a recent match between British Officers' Cricket Club and Montego Bay at the Haverford College cricket ground.
In a nicely written article, published on June 12, 2008, upon running into Americans who quite enjoy the cricket game, he wonders how he could write an article about cricket in America "without the stereotypical straight–from–central–casting stereotype of the American who hasn’t got a clue what’s going on?"
Steven is of the view that cricket will get its chance, just as Soccer did.
At the moment only a few Philadelphians seem to have latched on to the joys of spending a summer’s afternoon watching an alternately fast–and–violent and slow–and–thoughtful game surrounded by nature at its most manicured and well–behaved. And even fewer play it.
But that could change. In the 1960s hardly any kids in the U.S. played soccer. Now it’s second only to basketball as a youth sport. And last Sunday more than 80,000 turned up to watch the U.S. men’s soccer team play Argentina in Giants Stadium. It’s called globalization—the same historical force that brought cricket to these shores in the first place—and if you think so–called ”American” sports are going to stay unchanged and unchallenged forever, you’re crazy.
Here is the link to the full article.