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Cricket achieves new heights

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Cricket has achieved new heights by scaling Mt Everest. Cricket is now on its way to becoming the highest ever played game in competitive sports.

Battling against harsh weather conditions and fierce winds, two teams of cricketers arrived at the base of Mt. Everest, in an attempt to set the record for the highest-ever game of competitive field sport.

They finally accomplished their dream by playing Twenty20 cricket at Gorak Shep, which is 16,940 feet above sea level.

The record, however, still needs to be approved by Guinness World Records. As of now, there is no entry in the Guinness World Records for a field sport played at the highest altitude.

A 50-strong contingent of players and organizers made a nine-day trek to a plateau near Everest Base Camp where two teams played an improvised game of Twenty20 cricket.

The two teams were named after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the two brave men who first conquered Mt Everest in 1953.

To account for the challenging conditions and potential drop-outs, 30 players trekked up the mountain and only 22 finally taking to the field.

The players had trained for months to prepare themselves for the physical challenge of playing with only around a third of the oxygen available at sea level. The aim of the expedition was to raise more than $520,000 for charity.

For the record, Team Hillary beat Team Tenzing. Hillary scored 5 for 152 and restricted Tenzing to 116 all out.

Kudos to all these valiant men!


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