Cricket to the rescue.
Melbourne is buzzing today. The Tsunami Appeal Match between Asian XI and The Rest of the World XI is a monster sell out. Normally the ‘G takes a bit of selling out for cricket. Even the VB Series final is no guarantee of being filled to capacity but tickets for today’s game have been gone for days. It is the hottest ticket in town and walking around the city this morning there were already kids with cricket bats and flags wandering the streets with their parents.
Personally I am stunned by how quickly this has been organised. Normally an event of this size would take weeks or even months to plan. But, such is the resolve of those involved, everything is fast-tracked to completion, heaven and earth will be moved and nothing will stand in the way of this game.
With full ODI status, this will be no hit and giggle affair like the testimonial matches of the past. Hard cricket, played flat out in front of a big crowd. It doesn’t come any better than this.
(Although I doubt that the “estimated 3 billion people” will really be watching.)