Well, the beauty of cricket is that it can find a place of its own and gives an opportunity to play the sport in the most unexpected venues. Gully cricket, foot cricket and now ‘Cricket on Ice’.
It’s a yearly tournament played at St Moritz in Switzerland. A game of bat and ball on the pure-white snow with ice-capped mountains enveloping it makes for a picture-perfect moment. Although known for winter sports such as ski marathon, cresta run, White Turf Horse Races, St Moritz is also popular for ‘Cricket on Ice’ which attracts participants from all over the world. The cricket festival attracts business executives from all over the world, thus giving boost to its economy.
Started in 1988, ‘Cricket on Ice’ has a similar story like that of popular Bollywood movie ‘Lagaan’ where villagers defeated the British team in a game of cricket. According to Cricket Switzerland, few British enthusiasts had challenged students of a local boarding school for a game of cricket. And since then, ‘Cricket on Ice’ has been an annual festival held in February.
However, few rules have been tweaked considering the conditions prevailing in Switzerland. The teams do not play with a leather ball but with a hard rubber ball as the former can get wet easily on the snow and become difficult to play with. Players tuck themselves in warm colourful clothes from head to foot and ditch the traditional white dress. There is also an artificial grass pitch rolled out in the middle. Otherwise, all the rules of a T20 game are followed.
It proves cricket knows no boundaries and limits and entertains everyone from north to south, east to west.