First players started wearing multicoloured "pyjamas", then came the rise of Twenty20 cricket. Now there is another development to disconcert the purists: a group of Britons is heading off on an expedition to play the world's highest game of competitive Twenty20 cricket, on Mount Everest.
The team, which includes medics and groundsmen as well as players, will undertake a nine-day trek to Everest base camp next month, before setting up a full-sized cricket pitch on the plateau of Gorak Shep and playing a match at 5,165 metres (17,000ft).
"Hopefully it will cast cricket in a whole new light but I don't think it is going to catch on," said Michael Preston, a 33-year-old lawyer, originally from New Zealand, and a member of the group.
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