If you watch the entire series of the West Wing (don’t watch the 9/11 episode, that’s shithouse) you’ll see on more than one occasion cricket pops up for no real reason.
Occasionally it will be something like “That’s just not how we play bridge. It’s not how we say cricket.”
Or when everyone’s favourite late 80s early 90s sit com actor John Larroquette wields around a cricket bat that was given to him by the Queen of England.
But, the single greatest mention has to be when President Bartlet decides to watch a women’s college softball match instead of cricket.
“If that’s what’s on, then that’s what they watch. It’s either that, or a cricket match
between Scotland and Bermuda. Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when someone tries
to explain cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot.”
President Bartlet was such an intelligent man that when terrorists actually attacked America, he was put on non-fiction programs to talk about it.
But, he’s made up a cricket game. Bermuda never played Scotland in any senior game until the 2005 ICC, yet this episode aired in 1999. It’s a lie.
You can make up things on TV for the sake of drama or comedy. So that’s ok.
However, I don’t know much about cricket on TV in America, but if games between sides as hardly watched as Bermuda and Scotland were on TV, than companies like Willow TV would not be necessary.
Outside of an ICC tournament, would this match be broadcast anywhere other than maybe Bermuda.
No, they went too far and because of this the gag of a man watching women’s college softball was completely lost.
The bat that was used in the West Wing by John Larroquette was given to him by Australian legspinner Colin McCool, who was a massive fan of the sitcom “night court”. McCool would quote lines from the first series when visitors popped in.