While not that popular in America or Europe, Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world. It is extremely beloved in Asia, Australia and the UK.
But how is it possible that Cricket is second only to football?
There is a simple explanation. Englishmen came up with a game in 16th century that grew to be Cricket. The problem is the game is long and very complicated. That’s why it spread quickly through the countries of the Commonwealth of nations, namely Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Caribbean countries, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
That’s how Cricket has 2.5 billion fans around the world.
But how can it grow beyond it’s current state and reach people that don’t know Cricket exists?
Take football, potatoes and slots. Why are they so popular? If you ever played here, you’ll probably know that all of them have the fun factor (French fries, competitive football leagues and, simply, gambling). But they are also available to anyone around the world.
Cricket also has the fun factor but the access? Well, it’s growing.
Experiencing cricket in Europe
Cricket is slowly rising in Europe with the help of the European Cricket Championship that has been going on for over 20 years (since 1996).
The biggest contender to be the next Cricket star country is Netherlands which finished 7 times in the top 4 from 1996 to 2008. Unfortunately, since then their senior team has been ineligible to participate but the youth are doing quite well..
Also, Italy and Denmark have stepped up and won the tournaments in, respectively, 2010 and 2015, as well as 2011. However, Denmark also finished runner ups in 2013 and 2015.
You may be thinking why would someone fight to popularize a sport. And the answer can come in a variety of shapes. For example, sports is a great way of meeting new people. That’s especially handy for someone who doesn’t have good people skills.
Or how about – less traveling? We have visitors in places like Netherlands and Germany. They emphasize that life would be much easier if, only occasionally, they could visit their game locally without having to travel for hundreds or thousands of miles.
And it’s a cause. We all need a cause, right? Popularizing cricket is not the worst one, that’s for sure.