24 November, 2020

A Record Partnership, In Time

The Indo-Pak team that played in Colombo makes waves beyond cricket and raises hopes

A Record Partnership, In Time
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The gentleman's game has shown the way. Two strong cricketing nations that haven't played against each otherfor some time, owing to worsening bilateral ties, took the field as a unified team last week in an unprecedented demonstration of South Asian solidarity. For the record, the Indo-Pak 'Wills XI' defeated the Sri Lankans by six wickets before a jampacked Colombo stadium, but the greatest victor was the game itself. And the cause of peace.

It was pure cricket. But, honestly, did the 'noble' gesture accomplish anything beyond enabling the joint hosts of the Wills World Cup to cock a snook at Australia and the West Indies, which chickened out of their matches in Colombo in the aftermath of the truck bomb blast there? For many, it did. The match was a first: never before had a combined team of athletes drawn from India and Pakistan taken the field in any sporting discipline.

Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi Riaz Khokhar calls it a "brilliant, thoughtful gesture expressing solidarity with Sri Lanka," though limited in scope.

The Sri Lankans are...

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