When it comes to Ice Cricket, everything just seems perfectly cool. Even chronic rivalries get some respite to reconcile and come together in harmony. It’s not all about a great contention between Shahid Afridi Royals and Virendar Sehwag Diamonds to defeat each other at any cost. But the event was organized with a reason to give Cricket a soft introduction in Switzerland and bring all time rivals on a friendly pitch, leaving the fierce clashes of past years behind.
Shahid Afridi Royals beat Virender Sehwag Diamonds again in the second match of the two-day St. Moritz Ice Cricket Tournament on Swiss Alps. The Diamonds, batting first, gave a target of 205 for the loss of five wickets to the Royals. Afridi’s Royals chased the target in 16.4 overs for the loss of two wickets, with Jacques Kallis scoring 90. Kallis was also given the Player of the Match award. Earlier in the first match, Sehwag Diamonds scored 164/9 in 20 overs, thanks to Sehwag’s 31-ball 62, fired with four fours and five sixes. In response, Royals reached 166/4 in 15.4 overs with former England batsman, Owais Shah scoring 74.
One of the features of this event has been Shahid Afridi’s cordial gesture, praised by Cricket fans of both the countries when he told the female Indian fan to hold her country’s flag straight before picture was taken. This has been making rounds on social media for his responsive manner.
The event has been unique, in terms of playing cricket on top of the world, in the backdrop of world’s picturesque attractions and chilled by freezing temperatures all at the same time. Though the event couldn’t get an extensive coverage on media but it still caught attention of Indians and Pakistanis living in Switzerland and nearby European countries.
The event also featured the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Mahela Jayewardene, Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum and others.