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    It will always be patronized by sub continental expatriates, so it's very hard to be excited about it...more of the same old. The American psyche will never lend itself to something as arcane, old-world, and "un-american" (whatever be the history of the game in the country) as cricket.

    On the other hand, I'd read somewhere that China was investing some time in the game. That would be a much more interesting development to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    It will always be patronized by sub continental expatriates, so it's very hard to be excited about it...more of the same old. The American psyche will never lend itself to something as arcane, old-world, and "un-american" (whatever be the history of the game in the country) as cricket.

    On the other hand, I'd read somewhere that China was investing some time in the game. That would be a much more interesting development to follow.
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    Cricket is always expat business outside the group of traditional cricket playing countries, right? At least in continental Europe it is.
    But I cant think of better country to develop cricket than US - there are thousands of expats, lots of money and some parts of the country have really cricket-friendly climate.

    True about China. They have invested horrible amount of money into cricket in the past 4 years. Check the ground in Guangzhou. Remember when they started to take over olympic sports and hoarding gold medals?
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    The USACA has been worthless, on top of having a corrupt past. That's where the problem begins. There are several cricket leagues throughout the country, many competing against each other for grounds. Put someone competent in charge of USACA, and something might actually happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10 View Post
    The USACA has been worthless, on top of having a corrupt past. That's where the problem begins. There are several cricket leagues throughout the country, many competing against each other for grounds. Put someone competent in charge of USACA, and something might actually happen.
    But all those cricket leagues are still dominated by expats, and in particular subcontinental expats. Until the sport can reach a broader "American" audience, any governing council is going to have a tough time being successful. Just my opinion, but I don't think Cricket will ever succeed here. It's too foreign and too long for the average American sports fan.

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    The key will be the extent to which the second and third generations of the migrants to America continue to play cricket. I'd hazard a guess that most will be consumed more by the local sports, and it will continue to be a niche sport, no matter the size of the American-subcontinental population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    The key will be the extent to which the second and third generations of the migrants to America continue to play cricket. I'd hazard a guess that most will be consumed more by the local sports, and it will continue to be a niche sport, no matter the size of the American-subcontinental population.
    Dunno, think you're maybe underestimating the tribal pull of some sports.

    The Socceroos seem to have been built on the second and third generation Italian/Greek/Yugoslav communities for a good coupla decades now.

    Judging by some of the AFL/NRL surnames a fair few have "gone native" with their sport choices, but I'd guess there's still a big over-representation per capita wise in the association footballing ranks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    The key will be the extent to which the second and third generations of the migrants to America continue to play cricket. I'd hazard a guess that most will be consumed more by the local sports, and it will continue to be a niche sport, no matter the size of the American-subcontinental population.
    I agree. As NP mentioned, there are many cricket leagues around the country. Those leagues, while well organized and full of passionate players and fans, consists of more than 90% 1st generation participants and do not have a broad following. When I look at the 2nd or 3rd generation kids around me, I see them barely interested in cricket at all. I think the most popular sport for the sub-continental kids is basketball. There are subcontinental basketball leagues that are as popular and full of talent as some of the lower division college leagues. The basic reality is that kids adapt the sports culture they grow up with (in school, and via friends) and sadly cricket is not part of that life.



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