28 January, 2021

But I Say, Not Guilty

The fears that led to the Colombo boycott are understandable

But I Say, Not Guilty

I'm sure that many of us—the players, officials and fans—must have breathed a secret sigh of relief when England's Graham Thorpe dropped New Zealand opener Nathan Astle in the slips. This was the first hour of the first match of the Wills World Cup and there was, finally, some cricket to talk about.

It's unfortunate how the run-up to the tournament was marred the way it was, sounding a bad note even before the first ball had been bowled. Considering the months of hype, the decision of the Australians and the West Indians to forfeit their matches in Colombo on security grounds must have come as a bitter blow for PILCOM, the organisers.

Frankly, although there has been a barrage of criticism against these two teams, and particularly against the Aussies, I have a certain amount of sympathy for the players. It's after all, a Catch-22 situation, one that none of us would like to find ourselves in. You have to remember that while we in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are used to political upheavals and the resultant violence, the same cannot be...



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