I’ve never been a big fan of cricket but I’m quite fixated by the Twenty20 World Cup at the moment. Maybe it’s because it’s being held in England or because the Twenty20 form of the game is much faster than your usual test match but I’m getting quite into it!
So much so that I think I’m going to London for the final on June 21st – one of my friends has an extra ticket to the match, which will be held at Lords, and has asked me to come along. I’m really excited, although it’s still unclear who will be in the final. I would have put my money on Australia (who apparently won the 2007 cricket world cup) but they got knocked out yesterday! So instead, I’m going to put my money on Sri Lanka – Australia’s defeaters – and (with all my fingers and toes crossed) England.
I do have one complaint about the Twenty20 World Cup though. All the matches are being played at Lords and the Oval, both in London, and Trent Bridge in Nottingham. So for any cricket fans in the north of England – of which there are many, especially in Yorkshire! – actually getting to the matches isn’t as simple as it could be.
It’s not as if there aren’t any major cricket grounds in the north either. Headingley in Leeds is a big one and so is Old Trafford in Manchester. I’m sure that there are many reasons that I don’t know about behind these decisions, but still – it seems a little unfair!
That said, this summer also sees England and Wales host the Ashes in July and August. Those five tests (can you tell I’ve done my research?!?) will be hosted in a range of locations, including Cardiff and Edgbaston in Warwickshire, as well as Headingley, the Oval and Lords.
Whether or not my newfound interest in cricket will last that long is yet to be seen but for now, I’m definitely enjoying it :).