. I'm English but I've lived in Ireland for 6 years and cricket is regarded as confusing, arcane and something of a tan sport over here.
I used to get usual jibes about going to enjoy cucumber sandwiches, or enjoy your game you west brit etc etc when I would tell somebody I was going to play cricket
that doesnt happen anymore. I havent seen so many kids playing cricket in the streets as I have over the past few weeks since Test Match Special used to be on the BBC.
There is a very definate move to embracing the game here, partly due to the success of the Irish team, partly due to the amount of cricket avaiable on digital TV these days and partly due to the hardwork at grass roots level by cricket ireland and the many cricket clubs nationally.
This is what really annoys me that the ICC can come in and in one foul swoop look to undoor a large proportion of this in a second.