The Pakistan India border closing 'beating retreat' at Wagah/Attari is a ferocious nightly event witnessed by more people than any other military ritual. A near 2-hour parade of parochial pride, culminates in the lowering and folding of each nation's flag.
'Jingle Buses' and 'Jingle Trucks' of Pakistan are a sight to behold and delight to hear as they melodically travel the roads of this amazing cricket country. The term comes from the 'Jingle' of steel discs and pendants, that hang underneath, dragging along the roads.
With the love of food, exploring the markets of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka as we follow cricket around the world, is never a bore. One of our favourite markets are those of Pettah in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ever since our first visit in 1999.
The name says it all about this Georgetown 'public service'. The passion displayed in the business name is exactly what is needed - 'catchy, unique, and memorable'. To young Winston's credit, his is unique!
On the eve of Australia's Test Cricket Tour to Bangladesh 2020, I found this photo from my first visit to 'Bewdiful Bangers' in 2005. Negotiating my way into the 'Shipbreaking Yards of Bhatiari Beach (easier then than now!), Chittagong, I found this young fellow taking a break.
The South Africa Flag is one the more colourful of world cricket and with each Australia Cricket Tour to South Africa, more and more flags are being waved by their people, as they support their lads on the field.
This ageless photo from Chennai, India reminds me of a 'conversation' I had with a blokeat Old Trafford during Australia's Ashes Cricket Tour Of England 2019. Getting out my flag out, this bloke from behind stated, "That flag better not touch me!"
To acknowledge the support and trust people put in our tour group formerly known as 'Waving The Flag', we inaugurated 'The Flaggy Green' on the Australian Cricket Tour of South Africa in 2006. Since 1995 we welcomed 650 Flaggers before we lowered 'The Flag' after the 2016 Australia Cricket Tour of Sri Lanka.
Many may doubt there is a 'Wonderland Dhaka', but when on any Australian Cricket Tour we seek unique attractions so Pete, Melinda, and I visited this tacky adventure playland. It was not for the slower than walking dodgem cars but to see the aircraft that crashed at Dhaka Airport that was now in the park as a restaurant!
Besides the consistent lack of 90 overs bowled in a day's play, one of my biggest bug-bears following cricket is match timings. No more confusing were the timings of Day 1 in Chittagong, during Australia's Test Cricket Tour of Bangladesh in 2006.