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    Cricket league to be formed?

    LONDON -- Cricket's governing body in the United States wants to create an elite Twenty20 competition along the lines of the lucrative Indian Premier League.
    The USA Cricket Association announced Thursday it hopes "top-class international cricket" will finally take root in America by launching the first professional competition, the USA Premier League.
    The first steps were taken by inviting proposals from potential organizers, sponsors and broadcasters in a country dominated by football and baseball. Proposals must be received by Aug. 7.
    A Twenty20 game is a shortened version of cricket, completed in about 3˝ hours to bring it closer to the length of other sports played in the United States.
    Rushmans, an international sports event management company based in England, has been appointed as commercial adviser.
    Nigel Rushman said he is confident, with the right partners, that the USA can host a world class Premier League and attract large television and online audiences.
    The USACA said it wants to unlock the sport's potential in a "massive market" and use the revenues from the new league to help spread cricket across the U.S. and form a competitive international team.
    "The commercial potential of cricket in the United States is widely recognized and that was underscored by the number of approaches USACA has received from many significant and prestigious organizations ranging from broadcasters to promoters and sports marketing companies," Rushman said in a statement.
    Organizers hope to build on the existing passion for cricket in ex-patriot communities from the Caribbean, the Asian subcontinent and other traditional cricket playing nations like England.
    "Cricket is a truly global sport which has been liberated by developments in the media," Rushman said. "The success of the IPL in South Africa is evidence of that."

    Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

    Anyone seeing this take off and becoming a hit?



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post

    Anyone seeing this take off and becoming a hit?


    NO.
    for reference about stupid sports played overseas....see soccer.


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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    I saw part of a game(match?) on ESPN360 once. I had no clue what was happening.



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    I saw this article and thought about posting it but decided it probably wasn't worth the effort. I feel the same way about the people setting up this thing, it probably isn't worth the effort.

    Soccer is a hugely popular participation sport in this country. At the professional level it can't even hang with tennis or golf, let alone the major mainstream sports. Cricket hardly exists here from what I can tell, outside of the occasional group of Indians I see playing. What the heck makes them think this thing will succeed for a second? And who are all the sponsors and broadcasters lining up to back this thing? Give me a break.



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    I saw part of a game(match?) on ESPN360 once. I had no clue what was happening.
    Good im not the only person who has no idea what is going on



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    I have no idea how you play either but I'd like to try to hit the ball they bounce at you.


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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    I bet it gets wicked violent in the US, once you get to know the rules, cricket doesn't suck.


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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Anyone want to do a CF Cricket outing?



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    A Twenty20 game is a shortened version of cricket, completed in about 3˝ hours to bring it closer to the length of other sports played in the United States.
    Thank God. I went to visit family in Australia when I was about 12, and went to a cricket match. We left after 8 hours, and my uncle (who I was staying with) gave me the option of going back the next day to see them try to finish the match. I said no thanks, and we did something else. The match lasted three more days--I was on a plane back to the US when it finally ended.



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

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    Only if it's in Ankeny. Me and Cycofan will be riding our bikes....


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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Still more exciting than soccer.


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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Twenty20 cricket isn't that bad (about as exciting as baseball). Basically eliminates the most boring parts (and length) of cricket and adds an emphasis on slugging the ball to get big points rather than just staying alive and getting points slowly and carefully like you often see in test cricket (or even one-day cricket to an extent).

    But yeah, as other posters said, I just don't see this taking off in the USA. There is no cricket culture here outside of immigrant communities from the subcontinent (and to a lesser extent the West Indies, Aus/NZ, etc.).



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    Re: Cricket league to be formed?

    Quote Originally Posted by spk123 View Post
    Twenty20 cricket isn't that bad (about as exciting as baseball). Basically eliminates the most boring parts (and length) of cricket and adds an emphasis on slugging the ball to get big points rather than just staying alive and getting points slowly and carefully like you often see in test cricket (or even one-day cricket to an extent).

    But yeah, as other posters said, I just don't see this taking off in the USA. There is no cricket culture here outside of immigrant communities from the subcontinent (and to a lesser extent the West Indies, Aus/NZ, etc.).

    This was the longest post I've ever read about cricket.


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    Only if it's in Ankeny. Me and Cycofan will be riding our bikes....
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