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One reason why cricket is better than football

David Pope
1.85K   //    12 Jul 2013, 04:38 IST

Football (soccer if you’re American) is a major sport of the world and it is loved by many people. It offers excitement and drama. However, I believe that cricket is better than football and I think there are many reasons why, but here’s one quick reason…

Meeting the players and getting autographs!

Cricket is a fantastic sport for being able to approach the players and get autographs or pictures or just have a general chat with them. I’ve found that over the last few years watching games at Sussex CCC, I’ve got to meet many players and ask for autographs etc. 99% of them have been more than happy to oblige. I’ve had the chance to get autographs from some of my favorite England players as well when they have visited Hove – the likes of Andrew Strauss, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen just to name a few.


Monty Panesar signs a cap for some fans

At Sussex, the players are very kind and incredibly approachable. Some even like to have some banter with you and a little joke around. They seem to be great at making the youngsters happy with pictures, etc and asking the little ones if they would like an autograph if they are too shy to actually ask themselves, and love a good old chinwag with some of the older fans.

Now tell me, how many people get to regularly approach football players at matches and receive autographs or pictures – not many. It is next to impossible to receive autographs from players like Gerrard, Rooney, Messi, etc unless you either know them, someone that works at the club or have hundreds to spend on ebay.


Meeting Michael Vaughan at the Oval

Personally, I find meeting players great as it gives you a chance to talk with your heroes and take a nice picture or autograph home and build up a little collection. Some of my favorite players that I’ve met have been: Andrew Flintoff (England legend and funny guy), James Anderson (Great bowler and nice chap), Michael Clarke (Amazing batter although Australian) and last but certainly not least Kevin Pietersen (My first cricketing hero and fantastic batter).

I would also like to add more to that list like Luke Wright, Monty Panesar, Alastair Cook, etc but I would be here for a while and most likely just list every single player I’ve met, and I have a feeling that would take a while and most probably bore you.

Anyway, that was just a little rant and one reason why cricket is better than football. Let me know what players you’ve met.

Thanks for reading.

David Pope
Cricket blogger and aspiring sports journalist! Huge Sussex and England fan but l love all cricket in general!
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