Cricket is considered very British. But the enthusiasm for sports is not limited to the UK alone. Quite the opposite, in fact, in the former British colonies, too, the sport is causing enthusiasm. In a sense, he divides the world into two parts. On the one hand, countries are facing Great Britain; on the other hand, the rest. The latter does not understand the fascination of cricket and has little to gain from the sport. How much cricket captivates its fans can you see at world championships. A game may gather more than a billion viewers in front of the screens. That means that cricket has a similar relevance on TV as the soccer World Cup.
A Coveted Job in India
In countries like India, you can make good money with it. In the Indian Premier League, there is an auction at which the clubs can auction the players and their salaries. During the season, which traditionally takes place from the beginning of April to the end of May of the year, average players can earn more than 100,000 euros. The top stars can even hope for millions in salaries. If a player is in demand, then the clubs may fight for him. That happened a few years ago with the New Zealander Trent Boult. He asked for a minimum bid of 70,000 gages at the auction and ended up going home with 540,000 euros. Three clubs had previously submitted a competition for his services.
Field In The Surf
That’s amazing after all, sedate cricket doesn’t fit into our fast-moving times. When you consider that an average game lasts around eight hours, it takes a lot of perseverance to follow the development. Cricket, therefore, requires a certain level of fitness not only from the athletes but also from its fans. The teams play only 49 matches in the World Cricket Championship, but these take place over six weeks. Many young New Zealanders have chosen rugby as their favourite sport. It looks quite different from the New Zealanders’ big neighbour. In Australia, cricket is the national sport. The country now records world champions. The enthusiasm of the fans even exceeds that in motherland England. Melbourne Cricket Ground is to cricket what Wembley Stadium is to football. The stadium has a capacity of 100,000 spectators and was therefore also the venue for the Crickets World Cup final.
During the 2015 event, fans in Australia only had one major problem. How should you watch the World Cup when you only had 20 days vacation a year? The TV stations now dictate the long duration. They want only a few games to take place at the same time so that they can broadcast as many as possible. Even the shortening of the games to one day came about in the 1960s under pressure from television. To this day, traditionalists see the five-day games as the only proper form of cricket.