July 3, 2006


It's cricket ... but not as we know it

Martin Williamson

The St Petersburg Times reports on a tournament for international students in the city at the Polytechnic Institute Stadium near Ploshchad Muzhestva.

"The pitch was not exactly as clipped as Lord’s, the ball was borrowed from another sport and the British team crashed out early, but participants in the The St. Petersburg Cricket Cup 2006 brought to the city the passion of one of the world’s most popular and perplexing sports."

The ball they used was a tennis ball, partly because cricket balls are hard to come by, partly because without protective equipment, it was felt that a cricket ball could cause some serious damage!

Elsewhere, it is reported that cricket in St Petersburg has all but died with the disappearance of the main organiser ... along with almost all the club kit!


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Kal on (November 29, 2007, 3:04 GMT)

I think cricket would be more popular in warmer weather countries. Most of the places, most of the time are cold in places like Russia. So i think cricket should be promoted in warmer countries like south America, Brazil, Peru, Mexico etc.

Posted by Robin on (July 5, 2006, 16:13 GMT)

Russia has a potentiality like china to be a cricketing country though it sounds funny at this moment but I think ICC should introduce Twenty20 cricket in country's like china,japan,russia and america.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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