• Rabbi Ariel Tal

Pace of Play in Cricket & Time of Tefilla

Now that I have lived in New Zealand for over eight months, it is time for me to dive deeper into the local culture. Being the sports enthusiast that I am, I have decided to get a better understanding of one of New Zealand’s primary sports - cricket. I am a true baseball fan, and cricket is indeed very different, and the original bat sport, before baseball came into existence. Being a baseball coach as well as a player, and having watched a few cricket matches on television when I was younger, I feel confident about analyzing an interesting phenomenon in cricket, since 2003 - the T20 cricket league and world cup.

What motivated the sport of cricket to introduce the T20 league and what can we learn from that phenomenon to Tefilla engagement?

Cricket is a gentleman’s game, and is classically designed to be a long-winded game, with 5 day test matches. The heroes are usually centurions, the outstanding batsmen who can hit for over 100 runs over the course of a test match. New Zealand centurion legends include Ross Taylor. Their names are ever-etched in NZ cricket history.

The cricket purists, however, were dwindling. Ratings were down, fan support and hence sponsorship was plummeting and there was a need for innovation. According to the website: “Home of T20 cricket” - this is how T20 evolved: