Cricket – Going Beyond Boundaries
Cricket is a game that originated in England. As the British Empire expanded its dominion over territories around the world, cricket began to be played in the British colonies as well. Today, cricket is an international game played in around 16 countries around the world. Cricket is generally dubbed the ‘men’s game’ although initially, before cricket became popular, it was a game played mainly by women and children in the country where it originated.
Many feel that the term ‘gentleman’s game’ is a misnomer for cricket. What with the Aussies getting racist non-white players and players and sleds, by and large, throwing fouls at referees, cricket quickly fell from its raised pedestal into a game only for polite and civilized men. But still, the label ‘men’s game’ is more appropriate for cricket than football, which, according to many, is the world’s most beloved ‘bastard game’. (Football, of course, was never referred to as a ‘man’s game’.) Also, with more and more women choosing cricket as their career, it would be sexist to say that cricket is a ‘men’s game’.
The Game That Unites
Cricket is more than a game. This is a great unifying force. When Indian and Pakistani players shake hands or slap each other during or after a cricket match, the gesture can bring tears to the eyes of hardliners and fundamentalists. When different countries started playing cricket with South Africa after South Africa publicly declared its rejection of the abject apartheid, a legalized practice of racial discrimination and exclusion by white South Africans against black people in the country, it was red letter. a day in the history of cricket that fascinated everyone.
With the advent of the Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket has acquired a whole new dimension. One IPL team is a mix of culture and customs with players from India, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, West India playing in it along with players from other cricket countries. Players who always played against each other and who were considered sworn enemies now played together for the same team, abandoning their prejudices and dislikes. As language, race and cultural barriers disappear with newfound friendships between teammates, cricket gets new and exciting faces every day.
This Is Not Cricket. Or is it?
It is still the same old cricket but it has definitely surpassed cricket. The game has undergone a major facelift in the last few decades. Although five-day trial matches are still respected, they are not popular, as they last five days and tend to be boring. Most cricket maniacs look forward to One-Day Internationals (ODI) to enjoy the ups and downs of the game in just one day. But ODI have also lost their charm in the face of stiff competition from the Twenty20s (T20s). Cricket, it seems, is adjusting to the times to meet the needs of impatient and frenzied fans. Yes, you may run out of money in the race for tickets, but modern cricket will definitely earn you money, even if you watch the game on television.
Invest in Cricket
Cricket, nowadays, is considered as a green field opportunity for business people, a great investment place that can generate huge profits. Many true sports lovers feel that cricket has become too commercial to remain an interesting game anymore. But many others feel that the ‘business’ of cricket actually provides many benefits to the game. Putting real money into cricket actually helps spread cricket, they say. Right. Take a look at some of the other games like hockey, polo, badminton, athletics, etc. from the Indian subcontinent. They are in a miserable state and stagnate due to financial scarcity.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has turned the cricket pitch into a gold mine. Celebrities, actors, and business figures all line up to buy and sell players like antiques at auction, to sponsor teams and matches, and to make big bucks. The tycoons fought desperately to get the most of the big ticket players, making their bids ridiculously high, before the hammer hit. The stakes are very high in cricket these days. While winners are praised by their owners, losers are not recognized and sold quickly. As happens in the commodity market!
Can Brand Ambassadors Be Called Cricketers?
Almost all the top rated cricketers have done support for the product at some point in their life. Cricket is not a very paying game. At least, not too expensive for the world’s best cricketer, who has a luxurious lifestyle. Doing endorsements is the only way for them to maintain their luxurious way of life. Some of these ads can really leave you confused. This is precisely the reason why marketers use cricketers. When you see your favorite cricketer on different courts, displaying or patronizing fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), you may actually be asked to use the same product, yourself. So,
Advertising has another side too. Some players have been accused of making too much money just through advertising…and too little through cricket. They have slipped on the pitch, while their sales pitch is great. They often run out of money in the field while the ads they show have cost viewers and advertising agencies their money. As their bank balances get fatter through brand endorsements, they are dubbed as bad and greedy people who are only interested in money and not in the game or its passion.
Crime in cricket reached its peak during the match-fixing years. Talking about it in the past tense shows that the author sincerely hopes that match-fixing really belongs to the past. During this tragic period, cricketers sold their game, themselves and their country to bookies and others to make a quick buck. That’s embarrassing! The number of players caught for this affair proves that cricket is indeed bitten by the devil himself. Bad players will deliberately place their feet in front of the goal in order to get out. Sides and teams will lose matches and tournaments on purpose because a single loss is much more profitable for them than the prize money of a single win. cricket, country, and loyalty traded freely for cash. Cricket never pays as badly as you might think from match-fixing episodes. It is not the lack of money that drives cricketers to improve the game. Greed is what drives them. Greed to print and hoard money at any cost. While they’re out to eat duck in the morning and break the hearts of loyal fans, they’re probably congratulating themselves on the amount of roast duck they’ll get at the best hotel with their friends that very night. Greed to print and hoard money at any cost. While they’re out to eat duck in the morning and break the hearts of loyal fans, they’re probably congratulating themselves on the amount of roast duck they’ll get at the best hotel with their friends that very night. Greed to print and hoard money at any cost. While they’re out to eat duck in the morning and break the hearts of loyal fans, they’re probably congratulating themselves on the amount of roast duck they’ll get at the best hotel with their friends that very night.
It’s Really Not Cricket
Gossip columns in newspapers and magazines are filled with obscene stories from the private lives of cricketers. While some cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar are unwaveringly dedicated to this game, other cricketers have other dedications besides cricket. It takes a whole book to document all of their interests, which is sometimes very immoral and unpleasant to talk about. Still understand what that means…? Late night parties at the hotel, drinking, getting involved with the opposite sex…..So, who won the lottery the next morning? Not cricket. Cricket throws in while excess life takes his place. Players returned to the pavilion, not with their heads lowered as they should be, but with their arrogant heads held high. He went straight for the bar and arms of the most despicable member of the opposite sex. But such a player is never capable of setting or breaking records. Only a conscientious, earnest and committed player like Sachin Tendulkar has set records and broke records.
Cricket Plays Great Round and Remains ‘Not Out’
Nevertheless, cricket continues to hold sway over present and past cricketers as well as thousands of spectators with an inherent magic. One four and the stadium, whether it’s Centurion, Lord’s or Eden, comes with applause. One six and a terminally ill patient watching the game from his home, smiled. A century and the whole nation cheered and cheered forgetting all differences of caste, creed, race, gender. He may not have raised a finger to help play the game but as soon as he raised his index finger in the air, the referee caused a nation to explode with joy. While thunder and lightning can stop play and force people to beat up Duckworth Lewis, thunderous applause is sure to be heard once play resumes.
Cricket is a sport, a game that captivates the heart. Cricket matches can be very interesting and make people nervous. One Day Internationals and Twenty20s can really give you a heart attack if your ticker isn’t strong enough to withstand the fear and excitement of the game. Cricket is often used to build relations between countries, to patch up hostilities, to forge new bilateral and multilateral ties. Cricket binding and joining; it brings solidarity, and breaks the ice. Cricket is capable of changing relations between nations and international equality. Cricket transcends all boundaries. How about a game that comes from a grammar school in an unknown English village?
Damien Ghosh is a prolific article writer focused on technology, places and people. Damien has worked in various industries such as the information technology industry, the travel and tourism industry, as well as the retail industry. He has worked on several projects for blue-chip companies, which are part of the IT, travel and tourism, and retail industries. His work and passion for travel have led him to travel all over the world. He has led a large work team to achieve business goals successfully. His rich experience undoubtedly helped him to write extensively. Damien writes for magazines, the web, and for newspapers.