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Everest Cricket Match!

 

Updated : Apr 15, 2009

Two cricket teams from Britain are on their way to Mount Everest to play the sport's highest-ever match.

The 50-man strong group will bring bats, pads and are not worried about a snowy covered paying pitch as they also took their own pitch with them.
The expedition is on its way to Gorak Shep, a plateau 5,165 metres (17,000 feet) above sea level, close to Everest Base Camp, for the record-breaking charity game.

"We are acclimatising on the foothills of Everest. All the players are looking forward to the match," expedition leader Richard Kirtley explained.

Self-confessed "cricket obsessive" Kirtley dreamed up the idea during a trip to the world's highest mountain in 2006.

He said he thought Gorak Shep resembled The Oval cricket ground in south London, and resolved to organise a fixture.

The 22 players, eight reserves, medics, groundsmen and even a few spectators will take up to ten days to get from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to the "venue" before the game scheduled for April 21.

"I think it's going to be a very competitive match. We all know it is going to be tough but all the players are ready for it and they are really excited," said Kirtley.

Kirtley said the two teams -- named Hillary and Tenzing after the first men to climb Everest -- would play the short-form Twenty20 version of the game.

Nepalese weather forecasters told AFP that the cricketers could face testing conditions.
"There is a chance of fresh snowfall above 5,000 metres near Everest," said Keshab Das Shrestha, a senior meteorologist.

But the players are prepared, and will use a pink ball to make it easier to see.
"We have come all the way here to play. Nobody goes home without playing. Even if it snows we'll play," Kirtley said.

VeryHappyPig knows Bob Marley didn’t just like cricket, he loved it, but thinks the Jamaicans passion for the game may have wavered if he had to play it in such artic conditions.

 

 

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