Cricket, the national pastime, conjures up quintessential ideas of Englishness such as fair play, tea breaks and village greens. But a breakaway version of the sport is about to smash those preconceptions and allow youths across the country to play the game.
Cage cricket, designed to be played in the confined spaces of any urban area, matches the fast relentless pace of modern sports by having players compete in an hour long match of only 30 overs. Only needing six players compared to the usual eleven, there are no teams as everyone competes as individuals gaining points for bowling, batting and fielding. With a one over turnaround, everyone gets a chance to play in the various roles, thus removing the usual tedium involved in cricket as the team that is not fielding has to often endure long periods of waiting around doing nothing.