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T20 World Cup sparks hopes and doubts about cricket’s future in the USA


‘T20 Cup Sparks Fresh Hopes for Cricket in America'

The inaugural ICC Men's set to take place in the United States starting this weekend is generating renewed enthusiasm about growing the game in the largest untapped cricket market. With 16 group stage matches spread across multiple cities followed by the knockout rounds culminating in the final in Barbados, the global spectacle is shining a spotlight as never before on cricket's potential to engage American audiences on a lasting basis.

While expatriate communities have long nurtured the sport in their hometown parks and leagues, this tournament provides a unique platform to expose broader segments of the local population. The clash between cricket giants and arch-rivals India and Pakistan in New York on June 9th in particular is anticipated to attract unprecedented interest. However, doubts persist on whether a short-term event can really transform cricket from a recreational pastime for immigrants into a mainstream competitive sport with deep local roots.

Sustained long-term investment in infrastructure and outreach seems necessary to replicate the grassroots-driven popularity of home-grown codes like baseball. Temporary pop-up facilities have been constructed but permanent world-class stadiums remain scarce. Engaging local youth and incorporating the game into the system could be pivotal for generating new followers and players.

Should attendance and viewership records be set, it may convince decision-makers to support cricket more substantively. Overall, while the T20 World Cup offers hope, realizing the American Dream of cricket potentially becoming a leading sport continues to face challenges around changing entrenched traditions. With the right long-term strategy, this tournament could still represent a giant leap forward.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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