Chinese taking to cricket?

If you were nurturing the idea, that cricket has lost its balls, then, let me pour some cold water over it.

For instance, the Chinese government is funneling human and monetary resources into an effort to quickl make the nation a power in cricket. Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) -- the sport's governing body -- has seen an explosive increase in membership, with Guernsey, Jersey, Mali, and Slovenia joining in 2005. Two years earlier, an estimated 500 million people watched the World Cup telecast in India. The game is catching on in North America and Canada is expected to compete in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

(This is actually old news)

If the Chinese are taking to cricket and if it is not an indication of cricket’s resilience then what is it?

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