US cricket struggles for attention at home



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — There was a moment back in 2004 when cricket fans in the United States could be forgiven for believing that the sport might one day rise above a curiosity at home.

The national team had reached the Champions Trophy and was playing alongside cricket giants Australia and New Zealand after a historic victory over Zimbabwe.

Though they were beaten badly in the elite competition, the experience had the potential to be a turning point for the sport — much as the 1994 World Cup was for soccer. But it never caught, on despite being introduced in the American colonies nearly 275 years ago.

Now the aim is to expand Twenty20 cricket, which lasts about 3 hours instead of several days.