Cricket in times of demonetisation: Goats for winners, chicken for losers, and eggs for all

If you're a budding cricketer in Palghar who can hit them sixes and take them wickets, you're unlikely to ever go hungry. Unless you happen to be a vegetarian, of course. But more on that later.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

To tide over the cash crunch in times of demonetisation, but wary of denying the paying public some quality sporting action, organisers of a local cricket tournament in Palghar's Jawahar taluka stumbled upon a novel idea: To go back to the barter system. So out went cash prizes, and in came rewards in the form of small farm animals. You know, the type people can eat. Except the vegetarians, of course. But more on that later.

As per this report in The Times of India, the winning team took home a goat, the runners-up got five roosters, while those who hit fours and sixes got a boiled egg each. In fact, to make things even more fun, the organisers even gave an egg each to anybody in the stands who happened to take a catch. Unless a vegetarian happened to catch something. In which case, he'd still get an egg.

However, in a rare moment of hypocrisy, while the prize money was given out in kind, the participation fee was still charged in cold, hard cash. And anybody who couldn't conjure up the money or was too bored to stand in serpentine ATM queues would be turned away with a gruff 'no money not funny' remark.

Umesh Tamore, aka the first man in town to hear news of demonetisation and still say the show must go on, said 14 teams participated in the contest, with each team paying Rs 1,000. The tournament organisers chipped in with another Rs 1,000 from their own pockets, and the booty thus collected got them enough meat to make a cowboy happy. And the best part? Everybody split the prizes with one another. "In the past we have experienced allegations of rigging and fights over prize money. This time, all willingly shared their prizes," said Tamore.


Published Date: Mar 22, 2017 01:35 pm | Updated Date: Mar 22, 2017 01:48 pm