With the winter season sports, such as football and rugby, coming to an end for another year (not forgetting the first time in history that we will see both the Champions League and Europa League contested by all English clubs). It’s time for sportspeople to start refocusing on the sports which we get to enjoy throughout the summer.
Cricket is the most popular summer sport played throughout England, and from a survey which was collated in May 2018, it is believed that approximately 292,000 adults play cricket at least twice a month. However, the sport has seen a dramatic drop in participants since 2016, as the same source believes that in 2016 there was approximately 364,000 adults playing cricket during that time.
Cricket has already come up with innovative ways to breed new players and spectators into the game. In the winter of 2002, the concept of T20 cricket was invented which has gone on to improve spectator attendances at cricket grounds throughout the UK. More recently the ECB have announced another new format of the game with a working title of ‘The Hundred‘, this has been introduced to attract even more spectators and new players whilst also creating sustainable broadcasting revenues.
The traditional long format of test cricket will always be seen as the pinnacle within the sport. You can’t think of cricket and not associate it with the likes of Don Bradman, Brian Lara and more recently Freddie Flintoff and Virat Kohli wearing the ‘whites’.
That being said THE international tournament to win is less than a month away. Hosted in England and Wales, the ICC World Cup will begin at The Oval on the 30th May and will see ten nations fighting it out to become World Champions and crowned at the home of cricket on the 14th July at Lords.
England (ranked 1 st in the One Day International standings) will be hoping to get off to the best start possible against South Africa (3 rd ranked) on the opening day. Each nation will play each other once within the group stage with the aim to finish in the top four positions to qualify for the semi-finals.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, we get the excuse to look at the new team kits which eight out if the ten nations have created for the upcoming tournament. Only Afghanistan and West Indies haven’t released new team uniforms but the countries which have, have released some impressive designs. Our pick of the kits has been created by Sri Lanka. This great design has been making headlines for all the right reasons. The blue and yellow jersey which the national team will be playing in has been made out of recycled oceanic plastics which have been collected from beaches around the country. With climate change and global warming an ongoing threat with extensive news coverage recently it is really exciting to see the advances in technology allowing the recycling of plastic into clothing.
To see all of the other designs on display, make sure you follow the World Cup this summer and help cheer England or who ever you wish to win to victory. Don’t worry if you don’t see England lifting the World Cup though, as there is an immediate chance to bounce back when they host the Australian Cricket team in a highly anticipated Ashes Test Series starting on the 1st August.