Inside The 30-Year-Old Minnesota Cricket League You Didn’t Know Existed
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Inside The 30-Year-Old Minnesota Cricket League You Didn’t Know Existed

September 6, 2019


I’M ABOUT TO LEARN SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HERE. YOU KNOW ABOUT CRICKETS WHEN YOU TRY TO SLEEP AT NIGHT. THIS IS CRICKET THE SPORT. THERE’S BEEN A BIG EMPA SIS IN — EMPHASIS IN BASEBALL TO SPEED IT UP. IT TAKES TOO LONG CRITICS SAY. THIS SPORT IS GROWING IN POPULARITY IN MINNESOTA. WE’RE INTRODUCED TO THE MINNESOTA CRICKET ASSOCIATION. THREE ON THIS GROUND YOU’RE WATCHING TWO TEAMS PLAYING THE PREMIER DIVISION LEAGUE. TEAMS, A LOT OF GREAT TALENT GOING ON TODAY. IN MINNEAPOLIS, A GAME YOU DON’T SEE TOO OFTEN IN AMERICA. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS HIT THE BALL AS FAR AS YOU CAN LIKE BASEBALL. THIS IS THE MINNESOTA CRICKET ASSOCIATION. A LEAGUE THAT’S BEEN AROUND MORE THAN 30 YEARS. IT HAS MORE THAN TWO DOZEN TEAMS. THE GAMES ARE ON THE WEEKEND AT SIX DIFFERENT PARKS AROUND THE METRO. MAYBE THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD MOST AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO PLAY. CRICKET IS VERY POPULARLY PLAYED IN ASIA. IT ORIGINATED FROM THE BRITISH AND WHEN THEY WERE GOING AROUND THE WORLD, THEY SPREAD THE BRITISH COLONIES PRETTY MUCH SPREAD CRICKET AROUND THE WORLD AND IT’S BEEN VERY POPULAR BACK HOME AND WHEN WE ALL MOVED AS IMMIGRANTS, WE WANTED OUR SONS TO KEEP PLAYING A GAME WE LIKE AND THEN WE STARTED PLAYING AND IT’S GROWING AND GETTING POPULAR DAY BY DAY. THAT’S RIGHT. IT IS GROWING IN AMERICA. IT IS GETTING POPULAR. NOT IN THE PLACE OF SOCCER OR OTHER GAMES, BUT BECAUSE CRICKET IS A VERY LONG GAME. THAT’S WHAT SEPARATES CRICKET FROM OTHER SPORTS. A SINGLE GAME HERE IN THE MINNESOTA LEAGUE LASTS 7 1/2 TO EIGHT HOURS. FOR PEOPLE IN THE WESTERN WORLD, THEY LIKE SHORT AND SWEET. YOU KNOW, LIKE A BASEBALL GAME OR A BASKETBALL GAME ABOUT THREE HOURS. MAYBE A FOOTBALL GAME FOR ABOUT FOUR HOURS. NOBODY HAS TIME TO BE ON THE FIELD FOR EIGHT HOURS. WE DO BECAUSE WE LIKE IT. WE PLAY A GAME WHICH IS 40 OF US. EACH COUNTS AS SIX PITCHES. SIX TIMES 40 IS ABOUT 240 PITCHES. THAT’S WHY IT TAKES THAT LONG. THERE’S A REAL SENSE OF COMMUNITY HERE ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE IMMIGRATED TO MINNESOTA FROM CRICKET’S MOST POPULAR COUNTRIES, INDIA AND PAKISTAN. FROM AS FAR AROUND THE WORLD AS YOU COME, A CHANCE TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SPORT IS A BIG DEAL. THE PASSION WE HAVE FOR THE GAME WE DO GO LOOKING AROUND WHERE IT IS BEING PLAYED. RIGHT HERE IN MINNESOTA. DAVID McCOY, WCCO4 SPORTS. PRETTY COOL STANDING IN THE BACKGROUND THERE. SEEMS URBANNISH. KIND OF COOL IN THE CITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT GOING ON.

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  1. You are so completely wrong India and Pakistan the most popular cricket players that is completely incorrect no mention about the West Indies at all who dominated cricket from the early 80s to mid 90s for more than 20 years just absolutely dominated the entire sport please do more research. And these fuking Indians and pakistanis bulshit. Indian and pakistanis are nothing but a bunch of crooks absolute crooks and some of the most illiterate people on the face of the Earth

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