Sri Lanka vs Canada in Hambantota, by Dhammika Heenpella / Images of Sri Lanka
I’m not a big fan of the cricket, having grown up in America. To me it’s a bit long and rather normal looking guys running around in pyjamas, which I suppose baseball is in a different way. They’re both natural evolutions of the basic skill of hitting things with a club. Perhaps back in the day they played a similar sport with goats. In Afghanistan that’s something they still do. I am a fan of the World Cup. It’s been very interesting so far, and I even went to a game. Not an interesting game, but whatever.
Right now the Sri Lanka/Australia game is rained out and I’m waiting for it to resume. Dunno if it even will. At least the Australians can bat in the dark last time. Last World Cup final the light ran out and the Sri Lankans were batting in the dark, which was totally unfair. Then the LTTE decided to do a symbolic bombing run over Colombo and all the lights in the city went out, including the big screen I was watching the match on. It was a bummer. I blame an Australian/LTTE conspiracy. Just kidding. I like Australia, but have a visceral distaste for the team. They’re just too good, and they’re kinda dicks about it.
That game was impossible to get tickets for. For SL/Pak 500 Rupee tickets were going for like 8,000, so I can’t imagine what the Australia match would have cost. Instead, the Canadian Embassy (that’s the .ca part) kindly procured some tickets for the Canada/Pakistan match, which was cool. I’ve never been to a match and it’s a really nice atmosphere. Unlike, say, football (American) you can actually see and understand better live, and the stands are lively in themselves. There’s also dollar beer and hot dogs and stuff and enough crazy people and kids to keep one entertained.
Canada, of course, got creamed. Pakistan batted pathetically, but the Canada team is obviously worse and made a lot of mistakes that Afridi eventually capitalized on and bowled like four in row. From then on it was pretty much over. Not that underdogs haven’t won in this cup. The Ireland game I just randomly started watching on a restaurant TV and they actually beat England convincingly and dramatically on a very competitive score. I would be really pumped if Ireland got far in this cup, mainly because I always used to root for Packie Bonner’s side in the football World Cup.