Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The rise of cricket in the US

Mar 18, 2024, 7:20 PM

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Cricket is like baseball with two home plates and an oval field. (Canva)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Kate, Kate, Kate. All I read about is the future Queen of England and her Photoshop skills.

It’s not enough that we’re obsessed about her, but now we’re apparently embracing another British sport.

As you bet on your brackets and brace for March Madness, the game of cricket is quietly slinking into the U.S.


And you’re like what? Crick huh?

This is the official song of last year’s Cricket World Cup.

It’s basically baseball with two home plates and an oval field.

The pitcher, known as a bowler, bounces the ball on purpose and the bat is a paddle kind of like what they used to whack schoolkids on the bum back in the olden times.

The rest of it is like watching baseball if you did it while taking drugs.

Innings go forever. Teams score like 100 runs.

All you probably know about cricket is the term sticky wicket which metaphorically means a difficult situation.

But literally, a sticky wicket means wet and troublesome field conditions in cricket.

You might learn about it because the U.S. now has Major League Cricket, six teams nationwide.

At the games, fans are polite. They don’t get rowdy. Their big move is to give a player the silent treatment.

There are cricket stadiums to be built, in New York, Washington and Illinois, with more to come.

I just mention this because we’re in the arena-building business these days. We could always spend another half billion and slap up a cricket park.

Or, we could ask Kate to photoshop the stadium and then use the money for pickleball courts.

Jeff Caplan is the host of Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Facebook and X. 

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