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To most cricket supporters, the idea of spending a week or 10 days stuck in a comfortable hotel room having three good quality meals delivered each day and a reliable Wi-Fi connection might not sound too bad. Throw in a decent view and a comfortable bed, it could pass for a holiday, or at least a relaxing break.

As a one-off, and as a choice, it might have something going for it. I know a professional cricketer who once booked himself a winter “weekend special” in a hotel his team used regularly during the season because he “always wondered what it would be like to stay there without worrying about the next morning”...

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