Offbeat April 22, 2009

Everest conquered

They’ve done it

They’ve done it. They’ve played cricket on Everest. As if the challenge of getting to the highest mountain in the world wasn’t hard enough, the two teams from England also had to get past the red tape from the local authorities. But they finally accomplished their dream of setting a high-altitude record for field sports by playing Twenty20 cricket at Gorakshep, which is 16,940 feet above sea level. The record, however, still needs to be ratified by Guinness World Records, which reportedly does not have an entry for field sport at a highest altitude.

For the record, Team Hillary defeated team Tenzing.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo