Cricket's development could be its demise

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A good read this - from the Wall Street Journal.

All sports want to expand their geographical footprint. But a sport like cricket needs to tread very carefully if it wants to preserve the things that made it popular. The aim is to narrow the gap between nations with established and new teams, but it could be causing that gap to widen.

Turning new nations on to the sport is proving a challenge for cricket's authorities. It's one of the most complicated sports—in its rules, tactics and the residue of culture, history and etiquette that are so important to so many of those that love it.

As Haroon Lorgat, chief executive the International Cricket Council, who visited Hong Kong recently for the conclusion of the World Cricket League Division III competition, puts it: "Cricket is a game that you either grow up with or don't get." Plus, to play it to a high standard requires good weather, a big patch of completely flat ground, a trained groundsman and a lot of expensive equipment.

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Its such an unpractical game.

Its such an unpractical game. It costs a fortune to buy equipment, its hard to play just anywhere and so many other issues. The shortest version of the game still requires you to take a day off from work!

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