|Sole cricketing torchbearer?|
Long standing, and by definition long suffering, members of Fantasy Bob's worldwide readership will recall his excitement last year when the process was announced for identifying bearers for the Olympic torch on its unnecessary journey around the British Isles. FB presented his highly credible credentials for this accolade which immediately met with the endorsement of a staggering 33% of his worldwide readership of 3. He imagines that this alone would have commended itself the committee as guaranteed to bring to the streets an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.
Yet despite this overwhelming claim the organisers of the Torch Fest saw fit to deny FB his rightful position and instead have identified a series of minor celebrities and nonentities of whom FB has never heard to wave madly at the crowds while bearing the sacred flame on its journey. It is as if the organisers have attempted to prepare a list of people of whom FB has never heard as the exclusive criteria for the role. So on the Scottish leg FB has been introduced to such as Emele Sande and John Legend, who FB assumes is a legend for being a legend (ho ho). FB accepts it could have been worse, Jedward have also been involved for some reason.
As far as FB can see the only cricketer to have been involved in the relay - and since FB has been paying no attention to it he may well be wrong - has been Marcus Trescothick, the English opening batsmen of not so long ago. Hail to Marcus a hero of our times.
Perhaps the lack of cricketers is because there is little affinity between cricket and torches. But this can be overcome. FB is about to seek the approval of the ICC to his new form of the game Cricket by Torchlight. The game is based on many that FB has played in his career. In its purest form it should be played in Edinburgh's public park pitches at any time between the middle of April and the end of September. The playing area should be surrounded by dark trees or hedges.
Organisers should ensure an overcast evening is chosen ie any evening in that period. Teams will be invited to arrive in time to commence play at 6pm. There is no specification of which time zone this relates to.
By 7pm team one will ensure that it has 4 players and team 2, 6 players so that the toss can be considered. When the full complements arrive, play will be delayed while barbecuers are asked politely to reposition themselves out of harm's way and the wickets are pitched. There will be a further official delay while the fourth bail is found at the bottom of the team kit bag. It will disentangled from the cajun chicken wrap that has encrusted it since it was put aside the previous week.
The match itself will get underway at about 7.30pm and players will be allowed to adopt a leisurely approach to changing ends, setting the field and getting the ball back to the bowler.
|Cricket torches |
will be developed in a range
of sizes to enable the
junior form of the game to be played
FB expects the ICC enthusiastically to endorse his new form of the game and the Maglite Premier League may well be a suitable replacement next season for the ailing English T20 competition. He understands that there may some concern among ICC members that the new form of the game could give distinct advantage to cricketers of Viking extraction, accustomed as they are to doing things by torchlight (see illustration). But at the very least if these rules had been observed players could have stayed on the field when they were nonsensically taken off by the umpires for poor light during the recently washed out Edgebaston Test.
|A team takes the field for Cricket by torchlight|