It’s not often you see a game of cricket being played in Japan and I’m not sure what the mostly elderly onlookers and teenage softball playing kids made of it. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve explained to friends here that their beloved baseball is actually a spinoff of cricket. Not only were casual spectators witness to some fine cricket, but they were also privileged to a fine selection of Pakistani/Indian tunes booming from one of the many car stereos.
The Sunday afternoon meet up, I was told, was ‘just a bit of fun’, which it was, but things got pretty competitive once the first ball was bowled. One bowler – who incidentally pulls off some very respectable Bollywood dance moves – was in the same cricket club as Salim Malik, and the pace of his fast bowling was testament enough that he was telling the truth.
If you live in the area and know the rules of cricket get in touch. Newcomers are more than welcome.