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Cricketers fight for foothold in baseball-mad Cuba

Havana: The ball bounced off the pavement and Yordeni Caballero swung, whacking it with a soft thud and hurling his bat to the side as if he'd hit a homerun. As the 7-year-old raced down

India TV News Desk [ Updated: October 09, 2014 10:42 IST ]
cricketers fight for foothold in baseball mad cuba
cricketers fight for foothold in baseball mad cuba

Havana: The ball bounced off the pavement and Yordeni Caballero swung, whacking it with a soft thud and hurling his bat to the side as if he'd hit a homerun. As the 7-year-old raced down a street-turned-cricket pitch, his coach shouted instructions about a sport that's barely known in Cuba.

   
The Caribbean is divided between baseball-playing countries with U.S. ties and cricket-playing islands that once belonged to the British Empire. Nowhere is more baseball-crazy than Cuba, but even here, a tiny but passionate group of men is trying to win people over to cricket, baseball's slower-paced, more courtly British relative.
  

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