A good idea to promote the game in second most populous nation in the world:
Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2926191.eceAmerican baseball scouts have started a contest to find the fastest pitcher in India, in an attempt to attract talent, fans and sponsors from the cricket-mad sub-continent.
Thousands of young cricketers will compete next month for a prize of $50,000 (£25,000) plus 12 months’ intensive training in San Francisco and a chance to join a Major League team for the 2009 season.
And it looks like more of these competitions will be held:'Million Dollar Arm Hunt' winner Rinku Bhramdeen Singh, left, and runner up Dinesh Kumar Patel, right, pose for photographers, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Friday, May 2, 2008. The hunt which was launched in December 2007 was to find the fastest baseball pitcher in India with the winners receiving 12 months intensive baseball training in San Francisco, and a chance to try out for a major league baseball team for the 2009 season.
source: http://www.andhranews.net/Sports/200...ball-43172.aspJB Bernstein, the organiser of the contest, aims to expand the competition worldwide to popularize the sports.
"We saw a lot of kids in this country who have very strong arms and we'll be expanding the contest next year. This year we'll be doing 30 cities, next year we'll be doing 1500- 2000 cities. And we hope that in the next five to ten years, we can really grow this, find some great talent and once they get off to the US. Hopefully, people will follow them and learn about baseball," said Bernstein.