ICC doing the right things to promote game

Published: Monday, April 24, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Dhaka: Arguably one of the best all rounders in the world of cricket, Chris Cairns made time for a short tete a tete, as he proceeded for a team meeting. Tall, strapping, deliciously calm and collected, Cairns spoke on various issues that are positive in world cricket and on his own equation with the game - we all once loved, the untainted version that is.

Chris began by sharing his views on the ICC endeavour to popularise the game of cricket, by organising a week on cricket related activities in emerging cricket nations like Bangladesh.

"I think it is a great initiative by the ICC to promote the game worldwide. I think it culminates in a great event to have a World XI versus the Asian XI. I just hope that the ICC follows up the good work that they have started," the New Zealander said.Globalisation is the latest catchword in cricket and we are dealing with positive cricket here, otherwise we all know that the other slogan doing the rounds is. Whether the game should be popularised or not, Cairns had his views.

"We've kept the game to ourselves for a wee bit while now so it is a great opportunity to show everybody else what a great honour it is. And the efforts that I've seen the ICC do recently show that they are right behind promoting the game. They are committed to promoting the game. I think it is a great initiative and I wish them well."

Born in a cricketing family, Chris was exposed to the game at a very early stage in his life. In an atmosphere that reeked cricket it was natural that the man took to the game.

"I have been pretty fortunate. My father played cricket for New Zealand, so there were bats and balls always lying around in the house. I have ever only known cricket. I love playing it. I am very fortunate that it is my job. I love my job and I love what I do. And then I get to tour around the world and get to play with all sorts of people all around the globe. All in all I am very happy with what I do."

In the 1999 World Cup, the Kiwis were often referred to as the surprise team, the team that was expected to reach new heights. Whether they succeeded or not is best answered by the team themselves. But one thing was for sure that the New Zealand team was a techno-savvy team. With a tremendous support team travelling with the squad, Chris is positive of the way things are going at the present moment.

"Chris Doyk the CEO has introduced some good initiatives into New Zealand cricket. He is forward thinking with what he's doing. He has produced the cricket academy in New Zealand for youngsters, who can come and learn the game. He's also brought in specialised people, in that way he is looking at all the ways to improve the game and really with that kind of environment that we've got, we've got the best opportunity to succeed," he said.

Cricket is a way of life for most cricketers. It is their bread earner, their job, their passion. As one famous cola slogan says - these cricketers eat, sleep and drink cricket. Therefore it is not surprising that the cricketers feel strongly about the game.

"Cricket is a passion, it is something that is very close to me. It has been a part of my life and will be a part of my life forever. It means a lot come to places like Dhaka and to represent the world XI to be chosen to play. I just hope that the game can be a showcase to all the world, to see what a great game cricket is."

That in short ended our conversation, for the striking all rounder had a meeting to attend, plans to make and to play yet another cricket match in the never ending cycle of cricket life.

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