Thursday, October 06, 2005



  1. Being or seeming to be without an end; endless.
  2. Tiresomely long; tedious.

In comparison (pronounced “comparishun” by the educated in India) to football, cricket can be long—in some cases, excruciatingly so—at least for a stupid foreigner like me. We’re talking days for one game. An excerpt on the common ‘test’ cricket:

Test cricket is played between two teams over five days, with three two-hour sessions per day. (Sessions are usually interspersed with a 40-minute break for lunch and 20-minute break for afternoon tea.) Each team has eleven players.”

For ‘first class’ cricket, you can get a break:

“The game is conducted similarly to Test cricket, though usually of a maximum length of three or four days rather than the five of Test cricket (though a few are). (Technically, Test cricket is a form of first-class cricket. However, the term "first class" is usually used to refer to domestic competition only.) Around the world, these teams are usually representative of internal political divisions — for instance, Australia's domestic first-class competition is between state representative teams. Due to the time demands of such a competition, first-class cricketers are mostly paid professionals.”

And in a move toward (my kind of) progress:

“One-day matches, also known as limited overs or instant cricket, were introduced in English domestic cricket in the 1960s due to the growing demands for a shorter and more dramatic form of cricket to stem the decline in attendances.”

But in the meantime:

Every time I’m forced to watch this sport with Indian friends, I ask them to keep all sharp objects away from me.