South Korea's cricket switch

Cricket has emerged as a new sport in South Korea as baseball players enter a team at the Asian Games.

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    Baseball is king in South Korea but cricket is now being looked upon as the new sport in town.

    Baseball players prove a hit in Twenty20 cricket as the country prepares to make its debut as the Asian Games hosts this month.

    The team – unlike other embryonic cricket nations built on second-generation immigrants from the subcontinent – is fully South Korean.

    What made them ready for international competition was the fact that all of them were baseball players. 

    Most of them had never played cricket until a year ago, but their baseball careers have helped them adapt - while their skill with chopsticks has been an unlikely aid to spin bowling. 

    Paul Rhys reports from Incheon.


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