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Cricket on high

England may have won The Ashes but they lost to India at 3,454m in The Alps.

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Rather bizarrely a clutch of former international crickets stars have been playing a match in Switzerland. They were taking part in a friendly match sponsored by Swiss International Air Lines between an Indian Team and an English team.

The match was held in the Jungfruajoch part of the Alps near Wengen and Grindelwald.

The 45-minute game saw legendary players such as Chris Broad, Kapil Dev and Allvin Kallicharan batting and bowling on a 70m x 100m snow-bordered pitch.

“History has been made playing at this altitude but it was difficult for me to play in sunglasses which we had to because of the glare,” said the Indian legend, Kapil Dev.

“I found myself short of breath running at this altitude,” said Chris Broad.

See this video report on the match with some stunning pictures. 

It was of course a publicity stunt but 15 journalists travelled from India for the event and another dozen or so were there from Europe. It was, apparently, big news in the sub-continent.

Here on PlanetSKI we have already reported on how the Swiss are targeting the Indian market and how they see it as an untapped area.

For the record India won by just 4 runs, with 109 runs against England’s 105.

The Indian team included 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Anshuman Gawekwad, Sandeep Patil and Ajay Jadeja. While England field some famous players including Chris Broad, John Emburey, Dean Jones and Geoff Howarth.

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