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What’s cricket and where is it popular?

Some sports have grown all over the world, while others are known and popular only in a few places.

For Slovenians, the national sports are alpine skiing and ski jumping.

But these two sports cannot be compared with the popularity of cricket in India and Pakistan.

Cricket is almost unknown to the average Slovenian, and few people know its rules.

In India and Pakistan, however, cricket is almost like a religion; and the best players are worshipped like gods.

Privrženec najboljšega indijskega igralca kriketa vseh časov Sačina Tendulkarja. Vir: Wikipedija
A cricket fan of the best Indian player Sachin Tendulkar. Photo: Wikipedija

In both countries, it is especially lively when their national teams compete. It is one of the fiercest rivalries in the world of sports. The Cricket World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events.

Cricket originates from England.

Cricket competitions are also held in this country, but the most important are those held in former colonies in Asia.

Novozelandska igralca kriketa v tradicionalnih pletenih puloverjih. Vir: Wikipedija
New Zeland players in the traditional outfit. Photo: Wikipedija

Cricket is also very popular in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

And how does this game work?

Two teams, each with eleven players on the field, compete against each other. Everyone wants to score as many runs as possible.

One match can last several days. The rules include breaks for sleep and food for the competitors.

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Perhaps precisely because there’s no fixed length of time for a match, this sport has not caught on in countries where they say time is money.

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The original version of this article was published on August 1st.

English translation courtesy of JL FlannerTotal Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.

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