I'm an American, and my passion is 49er football. I've been living in India for some years and being a sports fan I had to watch something so I started watching cricket. It's very similar to baseball, and the game is religion in this part of the world. After a 5 year hiatus due to terrorist issues Pakistan is once again playing in India and I'm sure close to a billion people watch the games. There can be no games in Pakistan because the last time a team (Sri Lanka) played there they were machined gunned by terrorists on their way to the grounds. Several players were injured and they barely made it out alive (talk about a tough home field). The Pakistan team is always fixing matches and their captain and top bowler (pitcher) were banned for taking bribes. This is an ongoing issue with the team. Pakistan is currently shredding the India batting attack and is set for victory in the 5 match series
Indian players are multi-millionaires and are more like rock stars. They pitch every product imaginable. The only problem is that fame and money take precedence over playing cricket. So the team, though hyped as world beaters, is weak . That's a little introduction to cricket on the Asian front.