Friday, December 28, 2007

Cricket Cubano

Outside of what I learned in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, I don't know a thing about cricket. But I do know about double standards, and the folks at Dreamcricket USA have stumbled upon one in the U.S. government's refusal to allow the Cubans to participate in an American-backed cricket tournament while permitting the Cubans to play in the World Baseball Classic last year:

Playing at the Petco Park in the MLB World Classic Baseball final against Japan, the Cubans lost in front of a sold-out crowd of over 40,000 spectators. "What Cuba has shown to the world is not only that we could play up to par with other major leaguers," outfielder Frederich Cepeda said. "We don't get paid for doing this. We deserve a high place in baseball because we do this with sacrifice, with human value and courage and sportsmanship, and because we give our utmost in order to come to the field and show what good baseball is all about."

These lines about courage and sportsmanship apply to Cuban cricketers even more than Cuban baseballers. After all, Cuban cricket does not enjoy even a fraction of the popularity that baseball does.

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