History of cricket in the USA: The empire’s favourite sport was once in its biggest colony

The late Robin Williams, the star of Mrs. Doubtfire and Jumanji, was a renowned entertainer with a sharp sense of wit about him. There was one off the cuff remark he made that caught my eye: “cricket is basically baseball on Valium.”

You don’t need to know Valium or its side-effects to understand that it was no compliment to the sport.

In fact, it is how most Americans see cricket — as an archaic distant cousin of its beloved all-American sport —…