Offbeat February 15, 2009

Smells like Lord's

ESPNcricinfo staff
Playing at Lord's is the dream of many, but the privilege of a few

Playing at Lord's is the dream of many, but the privilege of a few. However, a new breakthrough could perhaps help you create the feel of "the home of cricket" in your own backyard. Or even splash it on yourself before your next club match.

Perfumers at Procter & Gamble have captured the essence of Lord's, according to the New Scientist. A technology called headspace analysis was used to take in the odours of freshly cut grass, cricket bats, laundered cricket kit and the players' changing room (minus the players, thankfully), and these will be used as the starting point for a fragrance. "Perfumers need inspiration, and this can come from people that surround them, places they've visited, or things that they love in the world," said Will Andrews of P&G.

We're not sure when Lord's will be available in a bottle, but keep those nostrils open. Parfum de la Lord's?

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo

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