Got 'Travellers Diarrhea' about 6 weeks ago. It was a typically horrible experience where I wasn't sure which end of my body to stick down the toilet. I think my arse also exploded at some juncture.
Anyway, point being, never mind the flat pitches, dodgy commentary, and screamy crowds. Any country with good hygiene that doesn't necessitate a course of Ciprofloxicin so that the spectator doesn't have to sit I his own faeces is a good place to watch cricket IMO.
Hygiene doesn't have anything to do with it. We eat the same food and are fine. Its more of you having a weak body/immune system imo. And when you go to a place that has completely different foods than what you are used to, start off light and let your body get adjusted to the surroundings before turning the safety off and eating everything.
Avoid water/dairy based products and you will be OK.
I watched a bit of Sri Lanka and Pakistan... Those commentators made the indian ones sound like a fun talk show.
What's more the likes of Enteropathogenic E.coli and Rotovirus are pathogenic by definition and only exist because of inferior hygiene and sanitation. The fact that your immune system has produced antibodies against them is neither here nor there as it merely means that you got lucky at some point during your childhood. Simple diarrhea remains the third leading cause of paediatric deaths in India.
But I digress, back to cricket.........
I used to love watching test matches at eden park.
India is probably the best place to watch cricket in person imo.
Nowhere can match the excitement for cricket from the fans. And it's much better having all the mad indians causing a racket than your typical drunk Englishman or Australian.
You can also garner just as much excitement by having 4 or 5 men around the bat to the spinners with every ball an event as you can to the fast bowler in australia. It's just exciting in a different way.
Granted facilties in the ground are ****. Seats uncomfortable(like everywhere) and small, horror toilets, don't let food or drink into the ground, and limited food and drink within the ground.
It's definitely unique and just the fact that they get good crowds puts them ahead of a lot of countries.
Atleast India and Bangladesh get crowds.Watching matches in Zimbabwe its like watching the Sunday league.I don't remember Zimbabwe getting huge crowds back when they had a decent team either.
Australia when Sri Lanka tours. May as well just go and watch the hosts have a net.
Afghanistan is probably lacking in really good drainage in their grounds.