By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Cricket Anyone (African American)
( AFRICAN AMERICAN ) WORLD CUP ON NOW
The Revolution will
FINALLY come to Sports
for African Americans when
Black Americans FINALLY
Get it Right
There are many Sports out there just crying out for young Black talent. Yes we talk about it all the time in the Box. Just a few days ago about Swimming. The list of Sports African Americans absent themselves from is Very Long.
As anyone can justifiable Argue young Black boys and girls, men and women are NOT encouraged to participate. In fact Discouraged in all sorts of Ways. Many rather Insidious. Well Big Deal. That story is over 300 years old.
Today it’s Crickets turn
not for the first time
in the Box
But what makes this a worthy subject right now is the once every 4 years World Cup being played in the Caribbean. Others are writing about the mystery murder of the Pakistani team’s coach as the story of the Cup. Not here. Here it is the lack of American involvement. The same lack there always is.
Cricket is one of the most popular Sports on Earth. It is Baseball on Steroids for Thinking People. Many experts content it is far more sophisticated than Baseball but requiring the very same Athletic Skills. At this point since Bid Selig and the Boys of Summer are effectively squeezing African Americans out of Baseball, Cricket offers a very interesting Option.
Here are the countries that qualified
for the 2007 World Cup
Australia Bangladesh Bermuda Canada England India Kenya New Zealand Pakistan Scotland Sri Lanka The Netherlands West Indies Zimbabwe
There are many more Black players competing in the World Cup than you will find in Major League Baseball except none of these Black players are American. But what’s in it for u says the Chorus ?
Cricket worldwide is another Billion Dollar Sport. If African Americans began playing and the United States became competitive as it would, there is plenty of sponsorship money to be had. All kinds of international endorsement deals. And media attention that would develop To Die For. The so called peripheral benefits could be far greater in terms of business deals and access to another world African Americans have always been excluded.
For Deep Thinkers the Benefits
are far more far far more
Cricket is much more than Cricket from this perspective. Cricket could be a Breakthrough Sport for African Americans to begin an Assault on all those many Sports with few often NO Black Americans competing. The example of a Big Success Story in a so called “non-traditional” African American Sport would resonate within and beyond the African American community.
To do our part to try and get
this Process underway
Here are the Basics of Cricket
compliments of Wikipedia
” Cricket is a bat and ball sport played between two teams, usually of eleven players each. A cricket match is played on a grass field (which is usually roughly oval), in the center of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards long, called a pitch. At each end of the pitch is a set of three parallel wooden stakes (known as stumps) driven into the ground, with two small crosspieces (known as bails) laid on top of them. This wooden structure is called a wicket.”
” A player from the fielding team (the bowler) bowls a hard, fist-sized cork-centered leather ball from one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching a player from the opposing team (the batsman), who defends the wicket from the ball with a wooden cricket bat.”
” The batsman, if he or she does not get out, may then run between the wickets, exchanging ends with the other batsman (the “non-striker”), who has been standing in an inactive role near the bowler’s wicket, to score runs. The other members of the bowler’s team stand in various positions around the field as fielders. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.”
It is a fascinating Sport millions
around the world follow like
we do Football & Basketball
We’ll also direct you to
the World Cup Website
where you can follow
the World Cup matches
What are you waiting for ?
How about an African American team in in the next World Cup to be played
February & March 2011 in Asia
4 long years from now
plenty of Time to learn
Cricket and compete now
go get a Cricket Bat !
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