31 October, 2020

Yanks In Pyjamas

The ‘gentleman’s game’ might just make a mark in the US

Yanks In Pyjamas

CALIFORNIA, say the geologists, is slowly cracking along the San Andre as fault. And Woodley Park in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, where the India and Australia ‘ A’ teams battled over five matches last week, was near the epicentre of the last big one: the January ’94 quake which set back California by $50 billion. This time, however, the tremors were provided by the pitch which the groundsman from Surrey botched up by shearing off all the grass. Says Ravi Shastri, former Indian captain and TV commentator, "It was a technical oversight which the USCA (United States Cricket Association)  was the first to acknowledge. We need groundsmen from the subcontinent. Otherwise, the tournament was an advanced version of the way Sharjah started out."

The matches themselves weren’t an aberration in US cricketing history though, which, incidentally, is nearly 250 years old. In 1759, Benjamin Franklin returned from London to his home in Philadelphia with a copy of the cricket rules. In 1844, a US cricket team played Canada, and in 1859...



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