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By Paras Ramoutar, South Asia Monitor - Continued On Page 4 Commentary News India Times (June 8 - June 14, 2024) June 14, 2024 3 T20 CricketWorld Cup Sparks Popular Interest And Business In Insular NewYork A fter 273 years since the first re- corded cricket match in America, a large outdoor screen at the World Trade Center at the heart of Manhattan shows live the games of the T20World Cup being played 50 km away in a Nassau County stadium and across theWest Indies and the US in Lau- derhill, Florida and Dallas, Texas. In a country where baseball and basketball are the main sporting pas- sions, TV news programs are explaining the nuances of cricket using the meta- phors of bowlers and pitchers, sixers and home runs, which is setting off a spark of awareness about the game that is almost a religion across South Asia and has an estimated 2.5 billion fans around the world. Hundreds of NewYorkers and visitors to theWorld Trade Center from around the globe are watching the matches and trying to find out more about a sport that seems mysterious, having faded slowly since the 19th century. Nearby, at practice nets coaches and visitors try bowling and batting to get a feel for the sport. The crowds are expected to swell to thousands on Sunday, June 9, for the relay of the India-Pakistan fixture and other matches featuring 20 cricket-playing countries culminating in Barbados, in the Caribbean, on June 29. In all there are 55 matches, with six na- tions within theWest Indies will also play- ing host: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. As the India-Ireland match was play- ing out on a giant screen for NewYorkers and visitors from around the world on Wednesday, a Japanese man watching the Irish team bat waited impatiently for the Indian side to take the field while trying to decipher the game and wondering why there were no centuries that he had heard of in T20. Jeanne, an India fan from Barba- dos wearing a team shirt, was there onWednesday, June 5, with Yvonne, a shamrock-wearing Irish American New Yorker, for the India-Ireland game at East Meadow on the big screen. “We’re rivals today”, said Gina. With the team from the land of her ancestors coming to play, Yvonne said she took a crash course in cricket from her friend, but added, “I’m having a problem dissociating from baseball”. Yvonne, a lifelong cricket fan who has developed a love for India, was asked if she saw cricket becoming popular. Pointing to her friend, she said, “Yeah, I think it will do well.” Visiting from Ireland, Lee Mitchell who said he hadn’t played cricket since he was nine, tried batting at the nets. Afterwards, he said he was hoping Ireland would give India a drubbing, but the match ended with an eight-wicket win for India. Mitchell said cricket is “not massive in Ireland, but definitely it’s getting bigger.” Leonard Prasad, a NewYorker from Guyana, tried his hand at bowling and batting at the nets and said, “It’s amaz- ing.” He comes from a culture seeped in cricket, but his two children, he said are interested in tennis and golf. “I want to get them interested in cricket,” he said. Prasad said he was going for the Neth- erlands-South Africa at East Meadows on Saturday with American friends. His brother, he said, had managed to get tickets for Sunday’s India-Pakistan match, the holy grail for cricket lovers. The Port Authority, which operates the World Trade Center, sponsored the cricket spectacle. “When we heard about cricket being the second most-watched sport in the world, we wanted to get involved in, offer our platform and our traffic numbers to this sport that really hasn’t been spot- lighted domestically,” said Arianna Kane a programmanager for the organization. “Everyone’s been incredibly excited that we’re showing something that is not very popular here, but we’re bringing the popularity domestically, teaching people who’ve never heard about cricket or don’t understand cricket,” she said. “And then the people that grew up with it in their home countries are excited to see it here because they don’t often get to see it and it’s bringing back childhood memories for everybody,” Kane said. Anderson Economic Group, an eco- nomic and business consultancy, has esti- mated that just the India-Pakistan match is expected to benefit the NewYork metro region by $78 million – $46 million in direct benefits and $32 million indirectly. AEG said it arrived at the number by taking into account the ticket sales, direct attendee spending from domestic and overseas travelers, new stadium construc- tion investment, and other impacts on the region. “The CricketWorld Cup is an unprec- edented sporting event for cricket fans in the US and will also attract thousands of global visitors, likely spurring a positive spillover effect on cricket’s resurgence in the US,” said Shay Manawar, a senior AEG analyst. -Used under special arrangement with South Asia Monitor Fans at the India-Ireland T20 World Cup tournament match played in East Meadow, Long Island, on June 6, 2024, are shown live at the Occulus outside New York’s World Trade Center set up to introduce the game to visitors from around the world. Photo:South Asia Monitor By South Asia Monitor Opinion