WITH THE ICC World Cup arriving, here is a quick guide to the contenders. As George R R Martin may have envisioned them. Pledge your allegiance to the House of choice and let’s roll.
They have been around in the Seven Kingdoms since the Age Of Heroes. And ruled the seas. Always formidable. Australia, much?
Traditionally, they have been the rulers of the Seven Kingdoms since you have known the world of Westeros, much like England who claim ownership of the concept of cricket and of the World Cup, having brought in structure to it. But they have never held aloft the World Cup, just like the Baratheons’ claim to the Iron Throne has always been contentious.
Controlling the purse strings of world cricket India are the wealthiest house in world cricket just like the Lannisters are the richest House in Westeros. And like the Lannisters, you could say they currently occupy the Iron Throne (just ask Cersei to be certain) and once you taste power it is hard to let go. Maybe it was the Lannisters who first trended #WontGiveItBack about their gold.
Their words are “growing strong”. And so they have been quietly and efficiently ready to spring a surprise. Just like New Zealand are.
They have been a motley crew of bannerman, quite capable of blowing the best away, but have been inconsistent in their duties during battles and conquest. Much like Pakistan.
Like the Starks were related to the First Men, the Proteas trace their cricketing lineage back to the beginning and have always been noble and talented. But somehow they have always ended as also rans thanks to a string of mishaps one way or another. Kind of like the Starks, they keep saying their time is coming. But it is yet to come.
River lords. Fish out of water who found themselves ruling over all lands in the Trident. Basically, Sri Lanka.
Like the House Targaryen was of Westeros, they used to be the true rulers of the World Cup once, feared and respected. But now their feeble attempts at regaining the Iron Throne World Cup have become almost painfully comical. But they have a few dragons up their sleeve (one of them is called Chris, possibly) and will keep making an attempt to recover lost glory.
BANGLADESH and ZIMBABWE are the SWORN BROTHERS OF THE NIGHT’S WATCH. Banished to the periphery where they can be kept gainfully busy without developing too much.
What about the Associates, you ask? THE BROTHERHOOD WITHOUT BANNERS.
And we the fans?
Of course we are the WILDLINGS. Or THE FREE FOLK. Or so we would like to believe.
Let the show begin.