Friday, February 19, 2010

Preparing To Watch Cricket

Heading off to watch a game of cricket is quite different from watching just about any other professional sporting event on the planet. Some would say that the fact that it is so different is what makes it such a great game.

It's undoubtedly the case that cricket is often played and watched at a slow pace. Critics would suggest that this is one reason why it struggles for universal popularity.

Others, however, would suggest that the sport harks back to different times. The way in which players conduct themselves, for example, recalls a previous era.

Unlike in many other professional sports, players are expected to respect each other and referees. There are lapses, of course, but these are generally seen as running against the real spirit of the game.

As a fan, one thing that I like about watching cricket is that you are treated as an adult. This often contrasts with the experience at football.

At a cricket match, it's almost expected that you should arrive at the ground with a few beers, or a bottle of wine. It would be a surprise if you didn't bring sandwiches or other snacks.

While football clubs like to make money by charging high prices for drinks and food inside the ground, many cricket administratos realise that spectators often see a match as an excuse to have a picnic.

That's all part of the different atmosphere that you find within a cricket ground. Where else would you see professional sportsmen stop for a lunch break and then again for afternoon tea?

There's no doubt that, when held up against other modern sports, cricket is something of an oddity. That's what makes it so great.

Next time that you're preparing to watch a match, think about just how unusual it is.