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Hall of Famers in Push for Baseball in Cricket-mad Region

Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera smiles after being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House on  Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington. Rivera and ex-Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin are leading a push to bring the sport that made them famous to India, Pakistan and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Former New York Yankees baseball pitcher Mariano Rivera smiles after being presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington. Rivera and ex-Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin are leading a push to bring the sport that made them famous to India, Pakistan and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Brisbane, Australia (AP) -- Two Hall of Fame baseball players are leading a push to bring the sport that made them famous to India, Pakistan and the Middle East.

Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera and ex-Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin are the familiar faces behind the United International Baseball League. The UIBL plans to bring professional baseball to an area of the world more associated with another bat-on-ball sport — cricket.