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Cricket At Wrigley Field? Sadly, No.

An ESPN online report said yes, but it's not going to happen.

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UPDATE: Late Monday, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said regarding this report, "We are not hosting any exhibition Cricket matches. We were honored to be considered but due to our baseball and off-season construction schedule, the timing does not work."

There's been no announcement from the Cubs about this, but according to an ESPN site called "ESPNCricInfo," cricket will be played at Wrigley Field this November:

Former Australia legspinner Shane Warne has confirmed that he has booked three of the most famous baseball grounds in the United States of America as venues for a series of exhibition T20 matches that will feature retired international players.

Warne said that Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Yankee Stadium in New York and the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles had been booked as venues for games likely to be held in November. The series in the USA is part of a league planned by Warne and Sachin Tendulkar that aims to hold exhibition matches around the world over a three-and-a-half-year period. The idea, reportedly, is to take matches to places where fans are starved of good quality cricket, and Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and UAE are also being looked at as venues.

"At this stage we've booked three stadiums, Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium," Warne told News Ltd. "We're going to have Bollywood-theme nights and it's all shaping up pretty well." 

I must confess, I've tried to watch cricket and read the rules of cricket and I just don't get it. In many parts of the world, particularly England, India and Australia, it's a wildly popular sport, though. You've probably heard about cricket matches that last for several days. I'd hope whatever they play at Wrigley wouldn't last that long.

Beyond the lack of any release from the Cubs on this, Wrigley Field will continue to be a construction site for at least the next three offseasons, although the construction going forward won't involve anything as massive as the bleacher project, which still isn't quite complete. Still, I wonder how they'd manage to play a cricket match with construction going on in various parts of the venue. A Bollywood-theme night would be interesting, I'll give them that.

I've reached out to the Cubs for comment on this and will post anything I receive from them.