Omaha, USA. As one billion people partied last Saturday night, a technical fault in a TV satellite resulted in news of India’s World Cup win reaching far beyond the cricketing world. A near collision between an American satellite and the Star Sports probe caused a brief signal switch for one American viewer.
Thanks to the signal mix-up, Trevor MacLean, 45, from Omaha, Nebraska, became the first American ever to know something about the Cricket World Cup and the first American for over one hundred years to be aware of the sport of cricket.
“I was watching TV and suddenly there were loads of guys dancing,” he said, “I thought ‘hey, those guys look just like my doctor’, then the voice-over on TV said something about cricket”.
After consulting a dictionary, Trevor realized that the commentator was probably referring to the “game, popular in England, for two teams of eleven players” rather than the “jumping orthopterous insect”.
He was shocked to learn that cricket’s “World” Cup actually included many different countries, unlike US sports, which may feature a Canadian as international color.
Due to Trevor’s exposure to the sport, albeit for 24 seconds, he has been made “ambassador for cricket to the State of Nebraska” by the BCCI, a position with a rupees 10 crore annual salary, previously held by Sharad Pawar.
Trevor says that his future research in the post might include “asking Mr. Patel in the corner store if he knows anything about it”.
In 2009, an American tourist near the Taj Mahal had a brief encounter with the sport when he was given a cricket bat to hold as he was passing a street game. Eye witnesses report that he looked perplexed, made a canoe paddling motion with the bat and quickly returned it.
Star Sports apologized for the signal error, which meant that someone in India had to suffer 24 seconds of ice-hockey.