Mohali: More than 200 fans of the Barmy Army, the so-called unofficial 12th man of English team will cheer their team during the third test match at Mohali. The Army, a group created during the 1994-95 Ashes series which was played in Australia, have accompanied English test team during every foreign tour after the formation of the group.
They welcomed each of the English player on the crease with their world renowned chants even when the English line up surrendered to the formidable Indian spin attack. Many of those following the team this time are new members.
“This is my first time and I would be accompanying England during this test and the one which is scheduled at Mumbai” said Peter, a member of the group.”
Talking about the difference between cricket in England and India, another member of the Army Martin said that In England the test cricket is followed more passionately. “you won’t found an empty stadium during English summer.
People from all walk of life come out and support English team” said Martin.His companion Gary said that the fan following England to South Africa and Australia are more in number than which has appeared here.
“During the test series with South Africa and Australia we usually have holiday season as it coincides with Christmas hence the number of English followers are more” said Gary.
Peter criticised young English for not turning at cricket stadiums. “The following of cricket back home is withering as young people are not interested in cricket. Even the numbers of participants in the Barmy Army fan club have dwindled” he added.
When asked why much supporters of England are not visible during one-day matches, Martin replied that people don’t want to visit others countries for just for single day game. “With cricket we also get to enjoy the country in which the English team is visiting for a test series. During the One Day international we don’t have much time to enjoy the tourist attraction hence trips during one day international are avoided” said Martin.
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