Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003

Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003

Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003

Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: World Cup 2003

Synopsis

This title looks at the economic and social implications of the 2003 Cricket World Cup in various countries and explores the role of cricket in relation to South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West India, and Kenya.

Excerpt

The eighth ICC Cricket World Cup brought the world's premier cricket tournament to Africa for the first time. With 14 competing nations and 52 matches, it was the biggest yet staged. For our country and our continent it was an immense privilege to host the international cricket community and, judging by the feedback we received, it was an unqualified success and a tribute to all the people involved in its operation.

Matches were staged at 15 venues throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. In terms of the development of cricket in Africa, this represented a major advance in the globalization of the game in keeping with the International Cricket Council's objectives.

More than that, in today's troubled times, cricket again demonstrated its power to bridge cultural, political and religious barriers in the name of honest sporting endeavour. By way of one example, India and Pakistan competed against each other for the first time in almost three years. The Indian and Pakistani players elected to shake hands on the field at Supersport Park, Centurion, shortly before start of play in their Pool A game. To cement this show of goodwill, the respective captains, Sourav Ganguly and Waqar Younis, exchanged team ties.

There are problems in world cricket which I will not deny but, at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, there was enough goodwill from players, administrators and spectators alike to suggest that all involved in the game must do everything in their power to nurture and cherish the ideals and traditions of a sport that are second to none. This book beautifully captures cricketing cultures across the world in all its complexities and nuances and is a privilege to read. I am very happy to have been involved with the project.

ALI BACHER

Executive Director, ICC Cricket World Cup South Africa 2003

June 2003

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