February 12th, 2010
08:59 AM ET

U.S. vs. Afghanistan in cricket

Teams from the United States and Afghanistan battle it out on the cricket field for a chance at the World 2020 Championships.


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  1. rick

    Katy Haber and g clarke have pointed up a fantastic challenge of US cricket, that the homegrown American teams and the official US team have had too little support for each other.
    A match between an Afghan team and a club like the one Katy, Ted, and Theo operate is a long time in coming and should be realized. We come to the pitch wearing white and leave grass-stained and green. We come onto the pitch to win, but ultimately leave with mutual respect and friendship. Such would be a fine model of American and Afghan diplomacy.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Katy Haber

    Thank you Giles Clarke for your comment. In 2002 the Compton Homies, the first All American USA Cricket Team, were planning a cricket tour of Afghanistan, through our policy of cricket diplomacy, Cricket as a tool for peace., but were unable to raise the money..... So happy to see Afghanistan participating in the 20/20 cup... our plans were not in vain.

    Katy Haber, Ted Hayes, Theo Hayes

    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MJ

    Yawn.... Australia's already got it in the bag

    March 15, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ted Neville

    Cricket is a game of strategy, true teamwork, leadership and persistence. It does not have the selfish instant gratification that young Americans expect from every facet of their lives. it is a sport that even has thugs acting like gentlemen. The uniform is practical, and unlike baseball and American football, they do not look like circus clowns.

    February 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Drumlaw80

    Cricket is a boring and pompous sport where the participants dress like milkmen.

    Whatever.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim Venables

    I read somewhere that cricket is actually the fastest growing sport in the US mainly because of immigration from the sub-continent

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. g clarke

    It's time that the US cricket bodies organised themselves a bit and actually got involved in arranging tournaments, overseas tours and invited pre season games.
    This country has huge potential which could start in the inner cities.
    Look what Katie Haber, Ted and Theo Hayes have done in Compton in LA over the past few years. Nothing short of incredible.
    And what support have they had from Cricket USA....nothing.

    It is time that Cricket USA began looking at these hard working and passionate followers of the game and get them involved with grass root cricket programmes. It has to come from within to really make an impact.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim Venables

    Sam S took the words right off my keyboard as it were. The first international cricket match was played in NY in 1844 between America and Canada which incidentally Canada won, but only by 23 runs.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ted Neville

    I will be one of the first one there to see the USA vs Australia in Cricket (hopefully a Test rather than 20/20). You will be welcomed with open arms and no doubt be invited into our homes as we share a common bond (democracy and the desire for a better world). But please leave the likes of John Johnson and Captain America at home.

    February 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dinesh

    CRICKET is not just a game now, its a Multi Billion Dollar Business.

    February 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sabih Iqbal

    I like neville and how he uses his intelect to make people look like bafoons but also know not all americans are disrespectfull neville

    February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehran

    I am an American and have been playing cricket for the last 30 years. Why would the specter of an American playing cricket strange? Just wait until we win it. Go Cricket Team USA.

    February 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sam S

    Very few people know this but the first recorded international cricket game was played between the US and Canada. Go Figure.

    February 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SamRam

    ZOUNDS! Sounds like a "Bloody Good" idea to me. Our citizens are free to pursue any dream they find worthy; and normally excel at anything. If we could only become a world-class soccer competetor; oh well, I guess we'll have to let the women of the U.S. A. take care of that. By the way, where are all trhe chicks at the cricket game? The only one I saw in the clip seemed to be European or American.

    "No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding world, and trot round in the same old path of its fathers without interference. The time was when such could be done. Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence themselves in, and do their evil work with social impunity. Knowledge was then confined and enjoyed by the privileged few, and the multitude walked on in mental darkness. But a change has now come over the affairs of mankind. Walled cities and empires have become unfashionable. ... Intelligence is penetrating the darkest corners of the globe. Oceans no longer divide, but link nations together. ... ”
    ~Frederick Douglass

    “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
    ~Frederick Douglass

    “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck”
    ~Frederick Douglass

    February 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bangash

    Nice to see US involved in cricket. Don't think it will take off in America but US cricket team versus Pakistan or India or Afghanistan etc will be fun matches.

    February 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Adam

    The US plays virtually every sport invented on one level or another, and on a global level in many of those sports. These athletes are given the opportunity to act as ambassadors, showing the world we are not, as seems to be global public opinion, blood-thirsty invaders bent on world domination.

    Win or lose at any of these competitions, the most important thing is that at the the final bell or whistle, handshakes are extended, jerseys are traded, congratulations are made and consolation is given.

    Not having seen the end of this cricket match, I'm quite sure that's what happened. So, despite who won the match, we all have a great takeaway.

    February 15, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  17. G W Greening

    Good to see the US getting involved in world cricket, 20/20 Cricket is just the right formula for the US public and it is a great game, I think if the public take to it, the US would be World Champions sooner than later, go for it Yanks.

    February 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. g clarke

    come along ladies...manners please

    February 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ted Neville

    Johnson, my name is Ted. I am a level 3 Cricket coach and have played for 40 years. Have you ever seen the game played? Does redneck run in your veins?

    February 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. john johnson

    Neville, you're education level isn't high enough to be discussing such a topic. Shut it.

    February 14, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. Ted Neville

    I think my point has been proven....

    February 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  22. Captain America

    Shut it, Neville.

    February 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ted Neville

    USA playing cricket! Cricket is tightly governed by gentlemanly behaviour and respect for the opposing team, it will be interesting to see.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |