Question: Is mainstreaming cricket important?
This is not a news item with my comments on it, neither is it an opinion piece…… rather its a question and I would like others to either agree or disagree with it giving their arguments…….
The question has popped up regarding countries like US, Canada, UAE and other Gulf States, Hong Kong and Singapore…… basically countries that have been members of the ICC since 1966 but still dont have their national cricket teams representing either their overall ethnic composition, and in most cases, not even born and bred players……..
My question is…… is it important for these countries to mainstream their game? Zimbabwe and South Africa went to great lengths to try and get their black populations to play the game…… Zimbabwe arguably fired their white players to make way for the black players, while South Africa was less radical, but still introduced quotas to incorporate the blacks………
Why is it in your opinion that mainstreaming of cricket (i.e. getting indegenous players to play the game), or any sport for that matter, important? Or so you think it is not important at all?
In March 2006, I gave my point of view on this subject specifically in the context of USA. It would also be good if someone agrees or disagrees with the arguments presented in the article.