Posted by: nestaquin | February 27, 2009

Felicitous Friday

planet-earthToday, the 27th of February, 2009, is the sort of day that is a cricket enthusiast’s delight. There is a veritable smorgasbord of cricket on display that covers the entire 24 hour spectrum starting, for the author at least, with the important Sheffield Shield fixture at Bellerive.

An hour before stumps are pulled at the charming suburban seaside ground, the second T20 international in Wellington begins and while in the concluding innings of that game South Africa and Australia resume their intense battle at The Wanderers before England continue to pummel the West Indies in beautiful Barbados.

The global reach of cricket and boutique nature of the ancient game can be seen when you consider that international cricket is being played simultaneously in the South Pacific, the Caribbean and in the Horn of Africa and if we include First-Class fixtures, at such diverse cities as Kurenegala, Columbo, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Sheikhupura, Mirpur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Okara, Nawabshah, Peshawar, Sialkot, Pointe-a-Pierre, Kingston and Providence.

I can think of only one other team sport that has a reach longer than cricket’s and if you can name that game and find all the cities aforementioned on a globe then give yourself a gold star, turn on your communications device of choice or necessity and enjoy this glorious Friday, in harmony with millions of others around the world, with an ear, an eye and a heart attuned to the sport that is played within a boundary yet transcends them all.



  1. Perfect last line.

    I’d add that for all that geography and all the physical effort the game entails, its that small distance between the ears that matters most.

    Have a good Friday readers.

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