Silly as it seems, the US wants to edge its way into cricket’s ...

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Silly as it seems, the US wants to edge its way into cricket’s elite

America has applied for ICC membership, perhaps with half an eye on the sport’s monetary potential

Tim Wigmore and Tom Morgan

When America last seriously adopted one of Britain’s favourite sports, hundreds of millions tuned in to see the embarrassing sight of US singer Diana Ross fluffing a choreographed penalty kick. It went wide.

Now, 26 years on from America’s razzmatazz and ill-fated interpretation of a “soccer” World Cup on its shores, the nation is coming after the more restrained world of international cricket.

The nation better known for Babe Ruth and baseball has launched a concerted effort to become the 13th full member of the elite International Cricket Council (ICC) by 2030. Those behind the bid are convinced the parallels between the quintessential English summer game and America’s so-called “favourite pastime” make it destined to succeed...

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