28 September, 2020

Negative Imagining

Australia should have padded up and kept their eyes on the cherry

Negative Imagining
A cricket world cup hosted by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka is bound to be a remarkable experience for everyone who can be in the subcontinent when it is played, because it is impossible to describe to people around the world how one-day cricket and world cups in particular consume the attention of all who live in these host countries. Cricket even brings the countries together when politically and racially they are often aggressively opposed to each other.

India and Pakistan certainly went to the aid of Sri Lanka by sending a combined cricket side to play in Colombo after both Australia and West Indies withdrew for fear of their players' safety. It is not for me to guess what threats came Australia's way but I cannot imagine that cricket was ever considered a serious target for terrorism. Negative imaginings can build up in some players' minds.

I recall David Gower's England team which toured India in 1981 being so upset at the assassination in Bombay of the British Deputy High Commissioner, at whose home they had been the evening before, that many of the...



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