Twenty20 Cricket takes India by song
Today's Wall Street Journal, which reported on the singer Duffy (see below), also writes about cricket in India. The game remains, but with some startling changes. There is a new league, "the first ever city-based cricket league in India and the first to allow foreign players" (though their numbers are limited). The games are only three hours long, and "during breaks, spectators sing and dance along to Bollywood songs" led by cheerleaders.
After the Indian team won the first Twenty20 World Cup last year, two million fans greeted them in the streets, and the 'my city my team' concept was on its way.
It is not leisurely cricket on a village green, but Twenty20 cricket "was invented in England". The link, as long as it lasts, is here.