I’m fascinated by the sport of cricket. It’s a sport that is hovering just below the radar in the U.S. , but internationally trails only soccer (I would guess) in popularity. I just ran acros a couple of interesting stories I thougtht were worth sharing.
First, from the Economist has a story on India’s IPL (Indian Premier League) which will soon be starting it’s second season. The IPL caused quite a sensation when it launched last year. But, as the Economist story points out, political issues have forced this season to be played in… South Africa?
That’s right, the Indian-based league will play in South Africa (England was also in the running). Fans, sponsors, team owners – this must go down as a lose-lose-lose scenario. The players, international in scope probably aren’t adversely affected here, they will still be paid handsomely. But it goes to show how strong the organizations of American sport are. Yes, we have the occasional work stoppages, (along with other scandals), but the show usually goes on.
It will be interesting to see how TV ratings and gate attendance will stack up in season two compared with last year.
Also of interest to cricket fans was the recent American College Cricket spring break championship. This first time event was a labor of love the
drew a small group of dedicated players to Florida. I would not be surprised to see it grow significantly in the years to come. Check out there Facebook page here. And here’s a great New York Times video story on the event.