Cricket is considered as popular sports when compared to Football, Tennis, Basketball and other sports. The reason was the slow cricket. Analyzing deeply we find that, you tune in the tv and you are a sports freek where u get an opportunity to watch a test match.
Who would like to witness a competition that Is going to be played for 5 days that end in a draw. What a boring thing this seems to be. With the changing trends and changing life styles, life kept on moving fast, fast and even more fast making it more difficult for the people to find time for themselves.
Keeping in view certain initiatives were taken that were mandatory to retain the cricket fans. Therefore ODI and finally T20 Cricket has been Introduced. T20 International gained this much popularity in just 3-4 years which other formats couldn’t get in decades. The result was the emergence of International T20 leagues and in few years, Cricket has become a Multi Million Dollars Business.
The Commercial aspect of International Cricket that has disturbed superstars like Sachin R. Tendulkar are as follows;
- Indian Premier League (IPL)
- Pakistan Super League (PSL)
- Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)
- American Premier League
- Burger King Super Smash
- Caribbean Premier League
- Champions League Twenty20
- Cricket All-Stars
- East Africa Premier League
- English franchise Twenty20 competition
- Etisalat Sixes T20 Tournament
- Hong Kong T20 Blitz
- KFC Twenty20 Big Bash
- Sri Lanka Premier League
- T20 Global League
These Leagues have engaged the hearts of millions in few years and now cricket fans wait desperately to see their favourite superstars in action each year in a mixed team.
Another event has been added to the series that is far beyond in the entertainment when compared to these leagues. The speciality of that tournament is that it will be played on ice.
What are you thinking?
Cricket played on ice. Yes, you have heard it right. Played in Minus 5 degree Centigrade at St. Moritz. In Swiss Alps. The game is termed as ICE Cricket Challenge.
Participiting teams were Shahid Afridi’s Royal XI and Sehwag Diamond XI.
The matches played on a frozen, snow-covered lake on an artificial turf carpet, with players using traditional cricket gear and a red ball, but wearing normal sports shoes rather than spikes. It’s been another bustling week in Associates’ cricket, with a portion of the greatest names in sports name cricket.
Those included were Other Superstars, Aussie’s run machine Mike Hussey, Srilankan titan Mahela Jayawardene, Aussie’s ruthless Andrew Symonds, South Africa’s Mr. defendable Graeme Smith, All Times Legend Jacques Kallis, Kiwi’s Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum (the destructive machine), Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar and Lasith Malinga.
Shahid Afridi’s Royals white washed Virender Sehwag’s Palace Diamonds in the two sizzling T20 encounters before a substantial TV gathering, despite of the fact that solidifying temperatures kept the neighborhood swarm measure unobtrusive.
The recreations themselves were nothing if not engaging, Sehwag and Jacques Kallis particularly appeared to be unrestricted by age or massive garments as they treated spectators to a supporting showcase of clean hitting.
Pakistani heartthrob Shahid Afridi also called as Lalla (tough retired from International cricket yet he plays in Official T20 League of Pakistan – HBLPSL, and represents Karachi Kings) has a huge fan following all over the world. The man has been called by many names but he is most famous as ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi for his ruthless batting. The Superstar has won the hearts of Indian cricket lovers with his gesticulation towards the Tri-colour.
After leading his team Royals XI to win over Virender Sehwag-led Diamonds XI in the first edition of Ice Cricket Challenge at St Moritz in Switzerland, Afridi found himself surrounded by cricket fans eager to get his autograph and pictures clicked with him.