New York Times on Cricket and Democracy

The New York Times has an nice op ed piece about why cricket did not catch on in America and Canda but is the dominant game in other parts of the former British Empire. The editorial opines that all the previous reasons given to explain this situation are wrong and the correct reason is due to the “egalitarian ethos of North American Societies”. Rich Americans in the US tried to keep cricket as a sport for the elite and the wealthy. However in India, cricket was actively promoted by the British. First to the elite natives (Parsi gymkhana opened in 1885) and then to the masses.

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