The bookmakers offering the best cricket odds

When people think of sports that are non-stop, the first thing that comes to their mind is football. But it’s in fact cricket which should take the gold medal in this race.

Cricket may not be played in every corner of the globe quite like football, and it may not have the global fanfare either, but that certainly doesn’t affect the enthusiasm in the parts of the world that do play it.

Throughout any given month, a big international fixture will be played on at least 20 days of the 30. That simply doesn’t happen in football.

International cricket is utterly relentless. Through 2018, England’s men side played a match in every month of the year apart from December. In 2017, only two months were missed: April (when the County Championship starts) and September (when the County Championship ends).

For the player, life must be tough. Sure, cricketers are paid great sums, but the pressure and incessantness of the travelling and the focus must be mindnumbing. It’s no wonder the likes of Jonathan Trott and Marcus Trescothick had to take extended breaks from the sport after years of performing at the highest level.

For the fans though, it’s an absolute dream. Sky Sports Cricket these days is almost entirely awash with live international cricket, almost every day you’ll be able to find some kind of game to tune into. The betting sites are offering the same too, with the likes of Unibet and Betfred acquiring the rights for the Indian Premier League, Australia’s Big Bash and the newly formed Afghanistan Premier League along with a host of international games as well.

In fact, I’m glad I brought up the Afghanistan Premier League because this is becoming much more of a thing. While the relentless nature of international cricket powers on unabated, more and more franchise leagues are popping up around the world, where the best players in the world collect a handsome paycheck and in-turn lend out a helping hand to the domestic game in the lesser-fancied countries and powerhouse countries alike.

Right now there’s currently a T20 franchise league in: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the UAE. In time, that list is only likely to increase.

Cricket, thanks in large part to the inception of Twenty20, is going through a true renaissance, at the moment.

And it sure is lovely.

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