Tape Ball Cricket Gains Popularity in England, Showcased by Top Players

Tape ball cricket, a Pakistani street sport, is gaining popularity in England, especially among the South Asian community. The ECB plans to host a national tape ball tournament, promoting diversity and inclusivity in the sport.

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Tape Ball Cricket Gains Popularity in England, Showcased by Top Players

Tape Ball Cricket Gains Popularity in England, Showcased by Top Players

Tape ball cricket, a variation of the sport that originated in the streets of Karachi, Pakistan in the 1960s, is gaining significant popularity in England, particularly among the South Asian community. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced plans to host a national tape ball cricket tournament, marking the first time the format has received official recognition in the country.

The announcement was made at a lively tape ball event in Birmingham celebrating South Asian culture, with prominent England cricketers Heather Knight, Adil Rashid, and Dawid Malan in attendance. The players participated in a showcase tape ball match alongside women's cricket fans and TV celebrities, highlighting the accessibility and inclusivity of the format. "Tape ball cricket is played by millions worldwide and the fact it's now being introduced to the UK is really exciting," said England men's white-ball cricketer Dawid Malan.

The ECB's Core Cities program has launched a new National Core Cities Tape Ball Cricket Competition to extend the reach and accessibility of casual cricket to more communities. The tournament is seen as an important step towards promoting diversity and inclusivity in cricket, providing aspiring players from various backgrounds the opportunity to engage with the sport in a more relaxed and affordable setting.

Why this matters: The recognition and promotion of tape ball cricket by the ECB reflects a growing effort to make cricket more inclusive and accessible to diverse communities in England. The popularity of the format among British Pakistanis and other South Asian communities highlights the potential for cricket to bring people together and foster a sense of belonging.

The announcement comes as England prepares to host Pakistan for a series at Edgbaston, with over 11,000 tickets already sold for the women's fixture and a limited number of premium tickets still available for the men's match. The former gas works site in Birmingham has been transformed into a celebration of tape ball cricket and South Asian culture to mark the build-up to the series, showcasing the deep connection between the two countries through their shared love for the sport.

Key Takeaways

  • Tape ball cricket gaining popularity in England, especially among South Asian community.
  • ECB to host first national tape ball cricket tournament, promoting diversity and inclusivity.
  • Tape ball event in Birmingham celebrates South Asian culture, with England cricketers in attendance.
  • ECB's Core Cities program launches National Core Cities Tape Ball Cricket Competition.
  • England to host Pakistan series at Edgbaston, with tape ball cricket celebration event.