The Ashes is a test series played between Australia and England. The Ashes are regarded as being held by the team that most recently won the Test series. If the test series is drawn, the team that currently holds the Ashes, retains the trophy. The Ashes is considered the biggest cricket rivalry in the history of this game.
An Ashes series is traditionally is of five test matches played among the Australia’s Cricket Team and England’s Cricket Team. As of 2015, England holds the Ashes, having won three of the five Tests in the 2015 Ashes Series. Both Australia and England have won 32 Ashes Series and five have been drawn.
The Ashes is very popular all over the world but the Asians don’t value it much. There are many reasons of it. Let’s have a look at why Asians don’t follow the greatest cricket rivalry.
1- They don’t know the history of the Ashes, in other words they don’t know why the rivalry started. Here is how it all started;
The England Cricket Team was playing against Australian players coming from different colonies in 1882. The match was being called a first class match but it was later declared as a Test match. The 9th Test was held at The Oval, England. England faced a crushing defeat enforced by the Australians.
This was the first ever loss for the Englishman on their homeland. The Sporting Times stated that English cricket had died and “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The mythical ashes immediately became associated with the 1882–83 series played in Australia, before which the English captain Ivo Bligh had vowed to “regain those ashes”. The English media therefore dubbed the tour the quest to regain the Ashes.
After England had won two of the three Tests, a small Urn was given to Bligh by a group of women. It is said that the Urn contains ashes of a wooden bail, and were described as “the ashes of the Australian cricket.”
The matches when held in Australia, usually starts early morning. The time difference between Australia and Pakistan is 5 hours. The first Test of the Ashes 2017-18 is to start at 10:00 in the morning. In Pakistan, the clock will be ticking at 5:00. The timings of the Ashes make it difficult for the people to follow the Ashes.
3- Pakistanis and Indians are only interested in INDO-PAK rivalry;
The Indo-Pak rivalry is the biggest obstacle in the popularity of the Ashes. The people of Pakistan and India are only interested in the contests between their countries. The Ashes, however, is the biggest cricket rivalry and is more than 100 years old (since 1882-present).
The reason of Pakistanis and Indians lack of interest in the Ashes is that these two nations are neighbors to each other and the tension at the border, which is always rising, convince the people to be more charged and create hype for every Indo-Pak match or series.
In Pakistan, when youngsters are playing cricket in the streets, they play it just like an Indo-Pak match because that is how cricket have been to them. And they have grown up watching and listening tales about this rivalry.
The above mentioned facts are the reasons of the lack of interest among the Asians towards the Ashes. The Ashes is probably the most awaited series of cricket. The five match Test series is all set to start at 10:00 AM, 23rd November, 2017 at The Gabba, Brisbane.