Hawzah students in Qum have no shortage of recreational activities available to them. Whether it be soccer, (American) football, swimming and even cricket. I hadn’t played cricket in a long time and as soon as I got a text-invite saying a few guys are playing at 7 AM in the morning, I was all down for it.
Though there are no cricket grounds here in Qum, you can improvise and play on concrete instead at parks and other open areas. Apparently there is also an inter-Madrassah cricket tournament happening too (not sure where they play). We played the traditional South-Asian way as we came with a few electric tapes (in different colours), tennis balls, stumps & bails, and of course 2 bats. We were getting a few stares and looks by Iranians in the park who were out for their morning jogs and walks; perhaps wondering what on earth we were playing. Due to the awkward setting of the ground we were playing in, we had to use up all our past-experience as we dished out rules and conditions such as “if the ball goes directly on the footpath on the leg-side it is out; if it goes diagonal but past the light-pole that’s no run, if it goes past the garbage bin that’s 2-declared. . . ” which brought about a good scent of nostalgia for me. Needless to say, these rules always are bound to create a few ruffles as we battled out what should have been a four or not, but all fun nevertheless!
I bowled today after a long time and I am sure by tomorrow morning my lower back, arms and shoulders will be reaping the fruits of not warming-up!