Cricket in Norway

Hi Everyone

Quite a few times I have been asked how it can be for a Norwegian to actually be interested in cricket. For me it has been quite simple. I’m interested in sport in general, and when living in India, cricket is off course the main sport you have to follow.

But what about cricket in Norway you might ask? Well, honestly, it is not that big. The conditions for cricket are not the best in Norway for sure. I think that cricketers are a bit, what should I say, not really that tough guys, or something like that. I mean, come on. A sport that can hardly be played if it’s drizzling just a little bit and where half of the competitors sit at a bench most of the time, it’s not really a sport for hard men is it? So I can understand that cricket players find it difficult to play when it is snow and ice and like -10 degrees in Norway.

But it is surely picking up. I read in a Norwegian newspaper the other day that it is now the 17th most popular game in Oslo! That in number of participants. And that put it above sports like ice hockey and badminton. It is also the sport that increases its popularity the most among immigrants. The main challenge the sport faces in Oslo, and probably other places, is that there are not many places where there are proper cricket fields. There are 42 teams in Oslo that have to share 2 fields! Off course that make it difficult to grow the popularity of the sport.

Today there are three divisions in the Norwegian cricket league; all teams are from the Oslo area. There is also a league for juniors, and it seems to be one for girls. However; I could only find one girl team listed. Part of the season is also played indoor.

I tried to find some information about how Norway is doing in the international ranking but couldn’t find any information at the International Cricket Council homepage. If you have any knowledge about it, please do let me know.

Here you can see the final from this year’s Norwegian T20 championship

Talk to you soon!

Karsten

Is there a new cricket God?

Hi Everyone

Off course I have written about cricket a number of times at this blog, including my explanation of the cricket rules in an easy way for the novices, like say, Norwegians. Today it just has to be another blog post about cricket. The T20 world cup is about to start soon. That’s all nice and good, and we all remember how the latest world cup ended don’t we?

India have had a number of great cricket players over the years, like “the Indian wall” Rahul Dravid, the God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar and the flamboyant current captain of India (and Chennai Super Kings) M S Dhoni. But right now I think there is no doubt that the most popular cricket player in India is Yuvraj Singh, a 30 year old player from Chandigarh in Punjab.

Why is it so? Ok. Fine. Yuvraj is a very good cricket player. He was part of the Indian team that won the world cup in 2011 and even chosen as man of the tournament at the world cup. But less than a year after the world cup he had to fight his toughest match, or rather fight, ever. In March 2012 Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancerous tumor in his left lung. This off course meant that he missed the whole IPL of 2012 and his whole cricket career was in danger. To make a longer story short; that fight is now over and Yuvraj is back on the cricket field! He was supposed to play his first match for India against New Zealand at the 8th of August, but in good cricket style, that match was <a href = ” http://www.bcci.tv/bcci/bccitv/index/viewarticle?article=504b67b5a1f49-match-report-ind-v-nz-1st-t20i.html”abandoned due to rain. So what is more fitting that Yuvraj will make his long awaited return to cricket at cricket crazy Chennai today? The match is now only a few hours away. I will not guess about the outcome, but well, we can off course hope for an epic match and maybe Yuvraj will once again clinch the man of the match award?

And there is actually more to Yuvraj than just cricket. He run his very own foundation, Yuvraj Singh Foundation who help people get back up in life and give them the chance to relive it by fulfilling their aspirations, hopes & dreams. This organization helps both individuals and organizations who might not have it as good as they could.

After he got diagnosed with cancer, Yuvraj Singh Foundation put up another initiative; Youwecan. Through that initiative he will create consciousness on cancer prevention, early detection & fight against Stigma. I would recommend that you all enter this page and read more about this noble cause.

And today I’m sure everyone at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will scream his name once again: “Yu-vi, Yu-vi”!

Match update: And off course the match ends in drama! New Zealand puts up 167 in their innings, which is a quite decent total. India however doesn’t plan to give up without a fight. With only 8 balls to go it look though for India but the Yuvraj Singh hits a six! This means that India now need 13 runs from their last over, which is absolutely doable when you have Singh and MS Dhoni as batsmen (or batting vallahs as I say it very incorrectly). But then only four balls later James Franklin, who actually plays for Mumbai Indians get Singh out! It’s up to Dhoni and the new batting vallah Rohit Sharma to make the five needed runs in the last two balls. They only manage four, which means that India looses the match with just one run. What a drama!

Talk to you soon!

Karsten