Played it as a kid.
Firstly on Shepherds Cross Street fields as a small child who could barely lift a bat on wobbly wickets ploughed by the studs of Sunday League footballers.
Uneven and irregular bounce made sure that we watched the ball all the way down the track because the slightest slip in concentration meant that a straight ball could suddenly deal you a painful blow in the nethers, as it suddenly evilly veered of at an angle which would make Shane Warne proud.
(Even before we knew what the nethers were. Or indeed who Shane Warne was.)
I later went on to play cricket for my school (Smithills), Heaton CC, Birmingham University and latterly Roe Green CC (after a 25 year hiatus, two knee operations and a lot of thinking.)
So I'd like to think that I know my cricket.
Currently on Sky TV they're showing live coverage of two games - A test match between India and Australia and an ODI between New Zealand and South Africa.
Four of the top five teams in the world.
But the stands are empty. There's nobody there.
Is it too expensive or would people rather watch soap operas nowadays?
Or is it T20.....?
I've read in the past that the internet has had an impact on our collective ability to be patient and wait for a proper timely resolution to stuff because we all need a quick solution. Now!
I like T20 and I've been to OT a few times and loved every minute of watching Lancs destroying the opposition as their batsmen smashed sixes left, right and centre but I am starting to think that it's having a negative impact on the consciousness of your average cricket fan.