Mount Kilimanjaro is well known as a picturesque tourist spot atop a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest free-standing mountain in theÂ worldÂ at a formidable height of 5,895 meters. Scientists predict that the snow atop the 5,895-meter mountain could disappear between 2015 and 2020. A group of international cricketers set a new record at the top of this magical mountain for the highest-ever cricket match played.
The teams included eminent sportsmen like Ashley Giles and Makhaya Ntini. 10 overs of a Twenty20 game were played on 26th September 2014 but the game had to stop due to weather conditions that made viewing impossible at Kilimanjaro. Qualified umpires witnessed the match to ensure that the game was played correctly and qualified for the record. The final score was a winning 82 for 5 for the Gorillas team, led by England woman cricketer Heather Knight, against 64 for 9 by the Rhinos team led by Giles.
The remarkable match was played at a height of 5730 meters (19,341 feet above sea level) in a dusty and icy cold crater below the peak. The huge crater is about three-quarters of a mile wide and can fit a huge number of pitches. This breaks the previous record for the worldâ€™s highest game at 5165 meters played at the Everest camp base in Nepal in 2009. It is interesting to note that the summit of Kilimanjaro has half the level of oxygen than land at sea level and the players ran the risk of acute mountain sickness. The players had to trek for 7 days to reach the icy cold peak. All the cricketing equipmentÂ was carriedÂ by Tanzanian porters during theÂ 7-day trek.
This game may probably count as a world record as a minimum of five overs by each team constitutes a match according toÂ T20 rules currently. The players were raising funds forÂ three different charities – cancer research, endangered African wildlife and also for an international standard cricketÂ stadium in Rwanda. DavidÂ Harper, who is a serial fundraiser and leading hotel real estate consultant, came up with this bright idea. Â The madness of the game and the tremendous spirit of the players are truly worth mentioning and the record-winning match is surely one of its kind.