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16 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Congratulations to the England cricket team

Congratulations to the England cricket team

The World Cup Cricket in England and Wales has concluded successfully with the crowning of England as the new champions. Congratulations to the English lions for a cohesive performance all throughout the tournament which has earned them the top spot in the meet of the ten best teams in the world.

Bangladesh also fared well in the meet though the tigers’ performance faltered in the last two matches. Cricket has proved to be a sporting spectacle which can also provide intense suspense as the final match between New Zealand and England showed.

The Kiwis also deserve kudos for giving the world a spectacular game in which, the outcome was decided in the last ball of a super over. Those who used to denigrate cricket as a sedate sport will have to acknowledge that in the current world, the game can also provide memorable cliffhangers.

Aside from the excellent cricket over one and a half months, holding the World Cup across England and Wales has showcased the natural splendour of Great Britain during the glorious months of summer. The rain of course came unannounced to spoil some games but cricket and rain are two sides of one coin. The World Cup cricket is a celebration of multiculturalism. Cricket, ironically, is a colonial era game, now playing a crucial role in cementing ties among nations. What was once played to assert imperial superiority is now a sport helping players break away from poverty and privation to carve out a living of respect and comfort. For South Asian teams, like Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan, cricket is a way to strengthen ties with the large South Asian diaspora in the UK who have made Britain their home but have never lost the affinity towards their roots.  This time, World Cup cricket also used state of the art technology, causing minimum controversy regarding the decisions of umpires and allowing the spectator to get slow motion glimpses of situations which cannot be ascertained by the naked eye. Cricket World Cup also saw thousands of fans travelling to the UK, including plenty of people going from Bangladesh. This indicates that socially and economically, Bangladeshis have become solvent to travel to a far-away country for sport, holiday and fun. The only disturbing aspect is the lack of emerging teams in the tournament.

To make the game more popular, ICC should at least allow three new countries to take part, instead of just one. Hats off to England who have shed decades of ill-luck to finally clinch the trophy. They are truly the lions this English summer.

 

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