Tom Geoghehan ponders the 64 million dollar question - will Americans take to cricket?
And a lot of people weigh in e.g. Don Lockerbie (USACA CEO), Steve Massiah (USA Captain), Kevin Connolly (BBC's Washington Correspondent), Peter Wynne-Thomas (Author of The Complete Encyclopaedia of Cricket), and David Brooks (Sports Historian).
Click on thumbnail for full article. The most interesting parts are without a doubt the reader comments, and the following paragraphs attributed to David Brooks -
Given its need for facilities and equipments, it will need to take hold in schools and universities, says Mr Brooks. And Americans will need to be exposed to world-class cricket, although the time difference means that mostly happens when they are in bed or in work.
"Perhaps if the US team, complete with a baseball star selected by reality TV, qualified for a Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies, with a game or two in Miami, then perhaps, just perhaps, with the right marketing, cricket could get the exposure it needs."
Of course, the following comment by Depaul Singh is indicative of the great passion of cricket's expat fans - "I came from Guyana to the US in 1986 and arrived on a Thursday. On the Saturday I was playing cricket." The part about Depaul's being the "only shop in the US entirely devoted to cricket" is strange. Because we have a shop in NJ devoted to cricket. The truth however is that Depaul was an early entrepreneur in cricket retail and noteworthy are his pioneering ways along with other early cricket retailers - Stuart (who founded his store in 1982) and Bedessee.