Thursday, 5 November 2015

Cricket Courtesy.


                                King's Ely

Above; Cricket being played at my old school.

There are two irrefutable maxims that always accompany the game of Cricket; firstly 'It matters not to win or lose, but how one plays the game', and perhaps more importantly 'The umpire's decision is final'.

The game of Cricket teaches us various things; on various levels. Patience, courtesy, appreciation of others' skills, strategy, fair play, team spirit, and comradeship, amongst others.

Cricket is played in many countries; India possibly being the most fanatical. In international terms the most pointed rivalry is between England and Australia; the current state of affairs being 32 Test Match wins apiece (I think).

I would like to suggest that every school in every country in the world should teach its children to play Cricket. If Cricket had been played throughout Iraq and Syria, would we now be seeing the current barbarity?

The playing of Cricket could be the answer to many of the world's problems. I can even think of a few internet trolls who might have benefited.



40 comments:

  1. Very funny your theory about cricket. I prefer rugby.

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    1. I played Rugby at school, and Club Rugby after school; it doesn't teach the same disciplines.

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    2. No, but it's very useful when dealing with ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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    3. P.S. Silly me! I have only just worked out the meaning of your name, Mia, my love.

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  2. I know absolutely nothing about cricket; and the only thing I've ever heard about rugby is that it's barbaric! :)

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    1. Rugby is not American football !

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    2. Cricket is the forerunner of Baseball (which is known as Rounders in the UK), and Rugby is the forerunner of American Football, which is a health-n-safety version of the original game.

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    3. That's what wikipedia says.

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    4. Good, they've got something right for a change.

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  3. Despite being British, American football is one of the few sports I enjoy watching. At least I understand it. I have no clue what's going on with either cricket or rugby.
    I know.... philistine...

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    1. There's not a lot to understand with American football; lots of padding, cheerleaders, running around bumping into each other;...... if any of them tried playing Rugby, they'd probably run home to Mummy.

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    2. I believe they tried once - an American team came over to play Rugby with a British team, thinking they must be wusses if they didn't need pads.
      Needless to say they went home with their tails between their legs!

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  4. I also think that internet trolls can learn something from the rules of the criket.Wishful thinking.

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    1. Oh Yael I wonder if sometimes you do not agree with someone.You are the perfect friend, always agreeing.Wonderful.

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    2. Yes i am a perfect freind, thank you mia more.

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  5. I have enduring memories of sitting on the grass field at school waiting my turn to bat. There is much merit in slowing life down a little from time to time. As you suggest, perhaps a new format for the next G6 summit.

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    1. For me this meant hours spent dreaming. I was a handy bowler, but hopeless with a bat.

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  6. Although a fan of the short game that must have been inspired by was it Kerry Packer? The real game has now been infected by money. Too much is at stake for the players, the TV and heaven forefend, the bookmakers.

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    1. It's still a great game; the only new thing I don't like is all the coloured clothing. All white always wins.

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    2. Yes a great game. I love the colourful P.J.s, the razz-a-ma-tazz and best of all Bumble doing the commentary
      Mainly white at Wimbledon though.

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  7. Any sport which serves a high tea gets my vote!
    Arilx

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    1. When Lady Magnon was 'invited' to make Cricket Teas for my son's club team, she wasn't quite as keen as you.

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  8. On thinking about it Cro, you don;t see any unfair play or any violence - so maybe you are right.

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    1. You see.... not such a stupid idea!

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    2. Plenty of match fixing and scandal in cricket. Cricketers are not saints.

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    3. No unfair play? Are you absolutely sure about that?

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    4. Yes-ish? That is so funny Cro.

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  9. On the other hand, a cricket bat can be quite a lethal weapon....

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  10. The more violent the sport, the more people love it. People will watch cars race around a circle hoping to see a crash and a hockey games are rated fun to watch when there are more fights. Testosterone rules,

    Baseball used to be American's sport when I grew up, now it is considered boring as there is little violence. Sports and life has changed a lot in my lifetime.

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    1. Cricket remains a 'gentleman's' game; no fights, no histrionics, and no arguments with the ref'.

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    2. Unfortunately, there are not as many gentlemen as there used to be and/or the majority of them live in Britain.

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  11. Our Dad played cricket and he pretty much lived his life according to those rules. He was a lovely man and we turned out OK so, perhaps you're right Cro !! I was in the netball, rounders, athletic and swimming teams and I think that it taught me many things. XXXX

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    1. Sports teach us all sorts of disciplines; even boxing.

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  12. I never understood cricket. At my last job, when I still worked in the office, I talked with one of my colleagues who emigrated from India. He played cricket and found a cricket group not too far away. It seems other cricket players who'd come from other places missed the game so started their own league.

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    1. A lot of Cricket fans don't understand it either. A game that lasts for 5 days is a mystery to many

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