Cricket for those who might not know cricket yet

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Spin Control

While there's no shortage of differences between baseball and cricket, there is some common ground. If you've watched any baseball, it's very easy to wrap your brain around the idea of a fast cricket bowler bringing the heat and coming in high and inside to a batter. But where the gears start to grind is when a spin bowler comes in and starts to seemingly lob the ball at the batter at 45 mph. And where the gears stop working entirely is when you see how effective this type of bowling actually is.

"We've always been labeled as the clever boys of cricket, because we have to outthink the batter," says Dane Piedt, who spent last year with Major League Cricket's Washington Freedom and -- more recently -- rekindled his international career with the South Africa Test team... (Read more...)

 

Brashna Kasi: Quetta, Karachi, and Canastota

In the time I've been writing about cricket, I've had the chance to meet a lot of other members of the cricket media. And since the American cricket media only goes about nine deep, most of the folks I've met have come from backgrounds far different from my own. But that's what makes it so fun.

Even more fun, though, is when you discover you share fragments of a similar past with someone. I had the chance to sit down and talk Boston-to-Karachi with Pakistani cricket writer, Brashna Kasi. Brashna has been covering sports for the Pakistani press for years... (Read more...)

The Rules

Not the 18th century "Laws of Cricket," but a quick way to understand the basics of the game and be able to watch either live or televised cricket as if you've been doing it for years.

Terminology

Cricket is famous for its jargon and terminology. Don't fret! I've come up with the 40 most used words and phrases that you'll need in order to watch, understand, and enjoy the game.

Features

My take on what's going on in the sport. Hopefully, it'll help you understand things a little bit better. If it doesn't, I apologize in advance.

About CricAmerica

Why an already really busy guy decided to devote a ridiculous amount of his time to watching, thinking about, reading about, and writing about a sport he only discovered a few years ago.

Most Americans have a preconception about cricket -- that it’s a complex and slow-paced, days-long game played in England by guys dressed in white. And while, yes, this is partially true, it's generally based on very limited exposure. (It'd be like generalizing that football is a game played only by giant, freezing guys in Buffalo and Green Bay.)

The fact is that cricket is just a really weird version of baseball. Take a big swig of NyQuil, go to sleep, and have a dream about baseball.

That's cricket.

Batters have to be a bizarre combination of Tuukka Rask, Ichiro, and Mike Trout. The guys throwing to the batters are not only gunning it at 90-plus mph, but they get the added advantage of being able to bounce the ball to further mess with the hitter. No one on the fielding team -- other than the guy that's essentially the catcher -- is allowed to wear a glove. (And the ball is even harder than a baseball.) Oh, and there's no foul ground. You can hit the ball anywhere.

A NyQuil dream about baseball.

Other than that, though, the rules are incredibly similar to baseball.

My goal for CricAmerica is to have you be able to watch, understand, and enjoy cricket. Your initial investment is minimal. Start with The Rules section and the Features section and then poke around the rest of the site, which is constantly being updated.

The return on your investment? The ability to enjoy the athleticism, excitement, and drama of the second most popular sport in the world.

More importantly, it'll let you pretend to work while watching the best players in the world square off live in an Indian Premier League game at 11:00 on a Tuesday morning.

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