QUEEN’S ROAD:With the ICC Cricket World Cup beginning on Saturday, fans are preparing to work around their office duties to catch the action.
The matches, held in New Zealand and Australia, typically start at 3.30 and 6.30 am.
Souvik Chakraborty, who works as a marketing professional at a renowned cancer care centre, says, “I’m planning to get up early and catch the live action. When I’m at work, I will try getting the livestream on starsports.com.”
For Saumitra Chand, communications professional at a taxi aggregation start-up, live streaming is the first choice. “It is a good thing that the official broadcasters are streaming the matches online and on mobile,” he says.
As an additional step, he will not schedule meetings during the India matches. “Thank God the first India vs Pak match is on a Sunday,” he says, looking forward to probably the most important game for all Indian cricket fans.
For those who can’t catch the action on live streaming portals, there are sites like Cricinfo, and Twitter with its micro-updates.
Himanshu Raj, who works at an MNC, affirms, “On days that do not have important matches, I will follow websites such as Wisden and Cricinfo.”
For Gautam Mahajan, content manager at a website dedicated to creative living, it will be a mix of surfing on Cricinfo and starsports.com.
There are students too who do not want to miss out on the World Cup action that will go on till March 29.
Bengaluru all set to work smart to catch cricket action
Says Sri Vamsi Matta, a final year student at IISc, “We have all pooled in our resources and bought a projector to watch the games on weekends. During weekdays, thankfully, most of our classes are in the second half of the day. So that allows us time to watch the games in the morning.”
What’s more, towards the later half of the tournament, professors are making sure important seminars and sessions are scheduled in the second half of the day to let the students enjoy the games.
Those lucky enough to have jobs that revolve around sports, like writer Nayyar Abdul Rasheed, do not think it is going to be a problem whether the games are at 3.30 am or 12 noon. Says Rasheed, “For us at Sportskeeda, work is cricket. So my colleague Alagappan and I will watch all the matches in office.”
Ayush Roy, content writer at a digital marketing agency working with sports brands, exclaims, “I can claim watching the World Cup matches is part of my ‘research.’ Plus it helps that my workplace has a TV. So I can watch the World Cup matches from my seat.”