Pakistani fans at the start of the India/Pakistan match.
The T20 World Cup has been a lot of fun so far and now it’s getting quite exciting. Since it’s held in Sri Lanka I’ve been able to go for a few matches, so here’s some pictures. One of the best things is the fans. I often find myself missing what’s happening on the field, but there’s always more proximate entertainment in the stands. There’s the Indian fan with full body paint, the horrid cheerleaders and cheerful amateur cheerleader fans. Then, of course, beer and T20 World Cup food.
A panorama of the India Pakistan match
I’ve gone for matches at Colombo’s R. Premadasa stadium. It’s OK. To get to the grandstand or B Lower you have to walk past what seems like a fart factory. The place is zoned weird, with a temple and government flats seemingly within the grounds. But it’s a nice enough stadium, as stadiums go.
Indians and Pakistanis not fighting
The fans are great. Sri Lankans seem to cheer for themselves, Pakistan and India, in that order. Actually, I’m not sure that we cheer for India much at all. When we went there were a ton of Pakistani fans and less Indians. I think there were three fans repping Afghanistan.
The amazing six beer holder.
The food is whatever, dominated by Pepsi and KFC. You can get a cup of Lion beer for Rs. 100, but it seems watered down and ineffective. This beer holder, however, is an engineering marvel. Bit of cardboard that enables you to immediately carry six in one hand, twelve comfortably. This is shot in front of a rather strangely customized Sri Lanka jersey.
The amateur cheerleaders in the stands
Finally, the cheerleaders. They’ve been getting much flak for sucking, which they do, but we saw some young people in the stands who were copying their moves much better, and with much more gusto. Perhaps it should be a volunteer thing.