The Cricket

If you’re going to go to cricket, go to evening cricket.  And if you’ve got to go to cricket, try to go with Aussies.  They are a jolly good time!

I’m not much of a sports fan.  I grew up watching Monday Night Football.  I’ve been to plenty of baseball games.  I kind of like watching March Maddness –especially when they are down to the final four.  I love seeing all these guys playing with their hearts and souls.  It’s pretty inspiring.  But as far as my day-to-da life goes, I honestly couldn’t care less about sports.

But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to check out a cricket match in a place where cricket is taken so seriously.

Apparently it takes days to finish a match.  Since around the time when I arrived in Sri Lanka, Australia has been here playing against Sri Lanka’s cricket team, which evidently is quite good.  This weekend, they were at the end of the series (or whatever they call it),

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On a Friday night.  Perfect for the casual tourist looking for an experience but not too much of an investment.

Well, it turned into a bit of an investment, but it was all part of the experience.  We sat in traffic for a good hour.  I was packed into a tuk tuk with two delightful Aussies.   The traffic was pretty epic, but we made the most of it.

We had plenty of beer while we were there.  We did want to fit in after all!

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I didn’t end up watching much of the game.  I was there to see what it was all about, and to have the experience.  I didn’t try to understand the game.  It was a bit too complicated for my little American brain to wrap itself around 😉

 

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