High Time for Cricket
Two teams consisting of 30 New Zealanders, Australians and Britons will play a Twenty20 cricket match at the foot of Mount Everest in Gorak Shep, which is at an altitude of 5165 metres on April 21 — the highest altitude the game has ever been played. Players and the 20 support staff will trek to the Everest region for nine days and spend a day acclimatising in Gorak Shep before the match. “We have been training hard to be physically hard to play at the altitude,” said the New Zealand captain of Team Hillary Glen Lowis. The proceeds will go to The Himalayan Trust UK, which is involved in running schools and hospitals in the Everest region in Nepal and The Lord’s Taverners which helps young people, particularly those with disabilities, enjoy sports in England.