Cricket World Cup 2015: How do you play cricket? A guide for Americans

The American Video That Explains Cricket to Americans

The American Video That Explains Cricket to Americans

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March 23 2015 10:24 AM

Cricket for Americans

A guide to the completely simple, totally not confusing sport.


Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

While Americans obsess over college basketball for the next month, far more people in the rest of the world will be taking in the final stages of the cricket World Cup. The game has often been compared to baseball, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. Here’s a quick guide by and for Americans who want to understand one of the world’s most popular sports.

A.J. McCarthy is a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a former Slate writer and producer.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.  

Lisa Larson-Walker is Slate’s art director. She also is the editor of Slate's Instagram account.

Erica Walsh is a senior producer for Slate Video.