The Strangest Places to play Cricket

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We’ve all played Cricket in our streets and backyards. For some people however, the game just wasn’t extreme enough. 

In 2007, a group that included Essex all-rounder Graham Napier and Nottinghamshire batsman Mark Wagh played a six-a-side, eight over game at the Everest base camp. You can only imagine how physically fit they were to have played the game at 17,000 feet above sea level!

In Sweden meanwhile, a group of individuals took it upon themselves to popularize the sport of cricket with a slight twist. Instead of playing the game on a lush green outfield, these individuals decided it would be way more fun (and challenging) to play the game on a frozen river! A company that specializes in insurance for Ice Cricket pointed out that it is very easy for the players to injure themselves or even catch Hypothermia. By the looks of the player standing at long on, preparing himself for a catch on what looks like a ferry, these players don’t seem too concerned about any of the obvious risks!

Speaking of cricket on ice, a lake at St Moritz in Switzerland has witnessed several cricket matches since 1988, often for charity. After one such game, former England captain David Gower returned to his car, which he had parked on the frozen lake, only to find a hole in the ice and no car.

So we know there’s 50-over cricket and T20, but have you heard of one-hour cricket? Well, every year when the Brambles sandbank between Southampton and the Isle of Wight When surfaces, a flotilla of small boats, carrying members of two local yacht clubs, descend upon it and play a game of cricket. Short & sweet, right?

Early in 2012, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s tragic polar expedition, a team of British adventurers decided to play a game of Cricket at the South Pole. Britain beat the Rest of the World by two wickets in the match, which was played in temperatures touching -35°C. Now that’s extreme Cricket!

In 1991, another bunch of researchers who travelled to the North Pole decided it was perfect weather for a game of cricket. The crew of the British submarine ‘Tireless’ and the ‘Pargo’ from the United States staged an impromptu cricket match - the result of which was classified information, according to the US Department of Defense. A source close to the British team however, leaked the news that they had won.

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