24 October, 2020

Says Willow To Cherry

Born out of notes he took on Pak's India tour, Khan's book bats for cricket as peacemaker

Says Willow To Cherry
Shaharyar Mohammed Khan, Pakistani diplomat-turned cricket board chairman—not to mention direct descendant of the former Nawab of Bhopal, a princely state in United India—is convinced that cricket, more than any other medium, can be used as a bridge for peace in the modern era.

At a time when sports and sportsmen are given unprecedented status and stature, Shaharyar says cricket, the most popular sport in South Asia, has the potential to engage bitter rivals on a friendly platform, where chivalry can take the place of bitterness. It was when he toured with the Pakistan team to India in 1998-99 as their team manager that Khan, who was earlier Pakistan’s foreign secretary from 1990 to 1994, first realised the peacemaking potential of the game.

The book mainly comprises notes compiled in his diary during that eventful tour. It also encompasses the Pakistan debacle in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Having played cricket himself in his youth—he played regularly for Cambridge University and for MCC—and then managing one of the game’s best teams at the time,...



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