Galactic Origins of Cricket


This post is part of Issue#22: Space

Is Cricket a remnant of Galactic war?

According to Douglas Adams book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ it is. The sport of cricket played on Earth is actually inspired by the Krikkit wars (a fictional planet in the book). The cricket bat resembles the multifunctional battleclub, wielded by the deadly white robots of Krikkit as a weapon. These battleclubs used one way knocked down buildings, used another way fired destructive rays, and used third way launched a hideous arsenal of grenades that could take out a major sun. Striking the grenades with the battleclubs launched them with phenomenal accuracy over distances ranging from mere yards to hundreds of thousands of miles. The wickets in cricket represent the Wikkit gate which is the symbol of the galaxy

But why did the Krikkit wars happen?

According to the Hitchhiker’s Guide, the people of Krikkit (or Krikkiters) are really sweet guys who just happen to want to kill everybody. They were initially leading a secluded life surrounded by a dust cloud and were unaware about the existence of anything beyond them. But when a spaceship crashed on their planet, they came to know about the Universe. They made it their mission to destroy it and launched a destructive attack on the entire Universe called the Krikkit wars. Krikkiters were eventually defeated and the planet was placed in an envelope of Slo-Time.

It has been said that Earth is the only planet in the galaxy that treats Krikkit (or cricket) as a subject fit for a sport, and that for this reason alone the Earth has been shunned by the Galaxy.

Did You Know?

Most of the Krikkit material for the novel was adapted by Adams from an episode treatment, “Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen”, which he had written for the television series Doctor Who. It would have featured the Fourth Doctor.

Question: Answer in Comments

Points at stake: +2

Who when kidnapped by the Krikkit robots, simultaneously manages to plan the entire planet’s military strategy, solve “all of the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except his own, three times over,” and compose a number of lullabies?

Bonus Read

Brockian Ultra Cricket is a curious game which involves suddenly hitting people for no readily apparent reason and then running away. “Let’s be blunt, it’s a nasty game,” says The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.