Cricket is a game of millions that has entered the international arena. Moreover, cricket may be included in the program of the Summer Olympic Games, said the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, quoted by the London Evening Standard newspaper. According to the Olympic Charter, a new discipline is included in the program, at least seven years before the start of a specific Olympic Games. Thus, cricket will be able to enter the program of the Games no earlier than 2020. “By the end of June this year, the International Cricket Council will decide whether to apply. If this happens, we will meet. Cricket is an important sport that is popular and attractive from the point of view of television,” Rogge said. In the framework of the Olympic Games, cricket competitions were held only once, in 1900 in Paris. Cricket in India is the favorite pastime for any age. Very often you can see children after school playing “galli” cricket – street cricket. This is an exciting game, especially a day match. The game is widespread not only in India; there are fan clubs all over the world. But Indian fans stand out especially. The so-called “cricket fever” is contagious, and you slowly but surely get involved in the game if you talk to a cricket lover.
India cricket: Indian national game
India is a haven for thousands of tourists. This is a country of many colors, unusual atmosphere and beautiful landscapes. For many people, India is not associated with sports in general. The largest population of India is the younger generation, which is trying in every way to join the world of sport. And let the sporting achievements of the Indians are not as popular as in other countries, but they are, which means that the country’s sports future is still ahead. What kind of sports do the Indians prefer?
Cricket. Yes, officially the Indian national game is grass hockey, but something no one has seen on the Indian streets of boys chasing a club with a club but playing in different versions of street cricket – more than once and when I turned on the TV. Since cricket does not apply to particularly well-known sports games, I will allow myself a little insight into the history and an explanation of the essence of the game. Please don’t beat the hardcore cricket fans with bats – the explanation is as simple as possible.
Cricket is such an old English game with a bat and a ball, the origin of which is lost in the darkness of the middle ages. The first written records refer to the end of the XVI century. It is the antiquity of cricket and the British commitment to tradition that cricket has maintained for a long time – and in part still preserves – completely archaic forms of organization of the sports process. At least the fact that the classic cricket match is delayed for 3-4 days, with breaks for sleep and lunch. You understand that such archaism is simply incompatible with modern professional sports, which have long become an integral part of the television industry. Cricket bosses understand this and try to do something. In the 60s, a one-day format was invented, when the match was played during daylight hours, and at the beginning of the XXI century, the T20 format was created, which allowed to hold matches in 2-3 hours – and this is already suitable for television and sponsors. Not surprisingly, the T20 format is rapidly gaining popularity, despite the grunts of conservatives. Yes, this is an Indian national sport; one could even say more – Indian national madness. You can compare it with soccer in Brazil. And the height of this insanity is the playoffs of the Indian Premier
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League (IPL) for T20 cricket, then the T20 World Championship in the West Indies. Direct reports and numerous repetitions, interspersed with analytical talk shows – well, like during the recent world championship, they were all over the world – all television channels were filled during the time of the matches.
Cricket broadcast a lot. In fact, the game is curious and entertaining. Many people understand her fascination well. There are constant talks about cricket in trains. Even a couple of young intelligent people who talked sadly about the fate of India in the Raipur-Bhubaneshwar train, eventually moving to cricket and discussing the game “Dean Cherghers” (one of the IPL teams for which they were ill) spent much more time . Everywhere you can see posters with one of the main Bollywood movie idols Shahruk Khan. So even he popcorn he advertised Kolkata Knights Riders in the form of his IPL team with a bat in his hand.
And what happened when the Indian national team again failed the World Cup, losing all three matches in the second group stage and not reaching the semifinals! Everybody talked about this: the front pages of newspapers, noisy talk shows, even on central channels. And everything is all around one thing – how are we, a great and such a huge country, where everyone plays cricket, we cannot get some eleven good players to finally win this fucking championship. Many recalled that the next championship will take place already in India. In short, we urgently need to do something! Although cricket didn’t stop watching, at the Delhi airport, for example, Indians are watching the broadcast of the Australia-England World Cup final. Well, yes, they still love cricket even if India lost again.
Overseas cricket: India and the rise of the sports business
The League of Outstanding Gentlemen of the Yellow Ball, a two-month private football championship with the participation of old stars, a cricket league with a turnover of billions of dollars. Inspired by the North American model; India is actively developing a very profitable sports market. India is the second largest country in terms of population and the undisputed leader in some fields, such as computer science. This is one of the main figures in the group of developing countries. Nevertheless, although in many ways it can serve as an example: it still cannot cope with the lag in certain areas. For example, India hardly owns a prominent place in world sports: in the entire history of the Olympic Games, it has only one gold medal in the individual competition.
However, a few years ago everything began to change
First of all, you need to say a few words about cricket. It was first brought along by English colonists in the 18th century, and today it occupies a central place in the press and the life of the local population. This largely unknown sport in France makes the hearts of all Indians tremble. After winning the World Cup in 1983, cricket even became a real business in India. And since the number of potential consumers is approaching a billion, this could not leave indifferent a number of large companies. So in 2008, the national championship was completely rebuilt in order to rekindle the interest of the audience and fulfill several of the economic and commercial tasks.
Money, stars, and spectacles
The new championship was created on the initiative of Lalit Modi, vice president of the cricket control board of India, and quickly made a turn in the direction of entertainment. The basis of the Indian Premier League lay down a simplified form of the game and an innovative system. The maximum meeting time was limited to three hours (before the match could last four days), which is much better suited for television broadcasting. As a result, the new league quickly managed to attract the attention of TV channels.
Cricket Pakistan team (Urdu پاکستان رکٹ ٹیم) represents the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in international test matches, as well as ODI and Twenty20 cricket matches. The team, which received test status in 1952, is managed by Pakistan Cricket Board. Pakistan ranks fifth in the test ranking, sixth in the ODI rating and fourth in the list of the strongest teams in Twenty20.
More than just a game
When the Pakistani cricket team enters the field, the citizens of the country forget about terrorism, poverty and corruption, merging in a fit of patriotism because cricket is not just a sport. It was the end of March 2011, the city of Mohali, India. Stepping on the field, the team captain realizes that he is the last hope of the country. He is wearing a green T-shirt, the color of Islam, the color of Pakistan. Through the bars on his helmet, he sees his opponents – the eleven players of the Indian national team.
Rejoicing in the stands turns into a hum. The semifinals of the cricket world championships have been going on for the seventh hour. India vs. Pakistan is the most principled of all fights in this sport that you can imagine. “The winner of this match will be the world champion,” sports commentators predict. The outcome is close. The captain of the national team of the country Shahid Afridi taps a bat on the ground; it looks like a ritual of a spell in front of millions of viewers. In Pakistan, it is called Boom Boom. Afridi’s “Boom-Boom”: because he likes to take risks when serving. “Cricket is our second religion,” they say in Pakistan. The game of the captain of the national team is similar to the country itself: equally proud, aggressive and wayward. Pakistan is mired in poverty, terrorism, and corruption; on the eve of the championship team was involved in scandals. But the captain-superstar brought her to the semi-finals.
India’s victory over Pakistan in cricket has become a national holiday
Hundreds of millions of eyes on both sides of the troubled border for several hours were chained to the screens, where a dramatic match was taking place, which made the residents of two countries with a total population of almost half a billion people nervous. India’s victory over Pakistan in the World Cricket Championships took the front pages of Indian newspapers, eclipsing all other news. Cricket is a national sport for the countries of the British Commonwealth. This is a dynamic game for dexterous and quick-witted, where every player must own a bat, throw a ball accurately, catch it and run fast. The British infected this game half the world. For India and its eternal rival Pakistan, cricket is synonymous with the word “sport” and an element of big politics. On Monday evening, on the streets of the Indian capital, it was unusually uncrowded. At about five o’clock in the evening, the usual “traffic jams” on the roads had resolved, and the yards of residential quarters were filled with fans’ cars.
The townspeople made sure that they were in front of the television — in the office, in the store, at home, or in the yard — exactly at half past five in the evening, so that they could follow the cricket match with India’s historical rival, Pakistan, in the final South Africa. Hundreds of millions of eyes on both sides of the troubled border for several hours were chained to the screens, where a dramatic match was taking place, which made the residents of two countries with a total population of almost half a billion people nervous. “The Pakistani team is strong, but the statistics are on our side,” said Causel, who came to watch the game with his family and friends in a square in the South Melvia-Nagar area, where the local authorities installed a large projector with a screen, said before the match. About 300 residents of neighboring houses gathered here – men and women, children and old people. “We can lose in the finals to anyone, but not to Pakistan – they never won in the final match against us,” 34-year-old Kaushel explained his point.
India won the toss and the right to defend the first “gate” – three columns with a crossbar. Alternately, hundreds of fans’ hands then happily heaved into the air then with lashes fell down, joyful cries of support were followed by a distressed whistle when the Pakistanis knocked out another “star” of Indian cricket. Half an hour after the start of the match, it became clear – the game for the Indian national team is not glued.
Former cricketer has become the new prime minister of Pakistan: even so!
The leader of the Pakistani party Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan, who was a professional cricketer in the past, even speaking as captain of the national team, said he plans to take the oath of office on August 11 to make the ceremony public so that every citizen can come and see for yourself this event. However, Khan still needs to find supporters among other parties who are ready to enter into a coalition with his party, since she could not get enough votes in the parliamentary elections held on July 25 to form a government. For this, the winning party needs to get at least 137 seats, while PTI received only 116 seats. It is ranked 64 with the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), the former leader of which, Nawaz Sharif, is currently imprisoned on charges of corruption. In third place is the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with 43 seats. However, PML-N and PPP have repeatedly stated that under no circumstances will they agree to an alliance with Imran Khan due to fundamental differences.