, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 20, 2008 -
Murder at the Cricket World Cup.
The world's most civilised game just took a turn for the sinister. Less than 24 hours after Pakistan (rated fourth in the world) was roundly trounced by Ireland
(first appearance at the Cricket World Cup), the almost universally-liked Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room and died in hospital
. Jamaican police have just announced that based on the autopsy results they're treating the death as murder by manual asphyxiation.
This isn't the first time in recent history that Pakistan has been embroiled
, nor the first time that Metafilter has discussed it
, but this is in a whole new league. Is it a match-fixing scandal
connected to far-Eastern betting syndicates, or something else?
posted by Hogshead
on Mar 22, 2007 -
Umpire offers to quit for cash payment.
Cricket has been gripped by a scandal that started at The Oval cricket ground
It started with an accusation of ball tampering
by one of the match umpires, Darryl Hair, during a match between Pakistan and England. Hair awarded England 5 runs and changed the ball, which is the sanction in the laws. Pakistan then refused to play, forfeiting the match.
Ball tampering is an emotive issue
for Pakistan, as is Darryl Hair who has previously been accused of bias against teams from the Indian subcontinent (i.e. racism).
In a bizarre twist, Hair has now offered to resign as an umpire
, in return for a massive cash payment. It shows the regard in which he is held, that his bosses decided to publicise this. It seems unlikely he will ever stand in a test match again.
posted by winjer
on Aug 25, 2006 -