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Posted: Jun 2, 2014 11:43 PM

Updated: Jun 2, 2014 11:44 PM

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying an American boom.

Areas such as New York City, California's Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., and Dallas have become cricket hotbeds, fueled by an influx of mostly South Asian immigrants, some of whom arrived as part of the high-tech boom.

In the immigrant-rich New York area, cricket has become so popular that lotteries are being held for the chance to play in pitches at some state parks.

New York City schools have a cricket league that has doubled in size in just seven years.

And cricket backers say a new national traveling league that debuted this spring with 17 teams from coast to coast could also spread the popularity of the sport.

Topics: Cricket Craze

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