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Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan by [Khan, Shaharyar M, Khan, Ali]
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Cricket Cauldron answers an intriguing question: how did Pakistan, created for the Muslims of the subcontinent, take to the very English game of cricket? [...] A compelling story of cricket, society, nation and culture. --(Mihir Bose)

'Pakistan cricket has long needed a book of this calibre... full of insights and revelations... Nobody can claim to understand Pakistan, let alone cricket, without a full and careful reading of this admirable book.' --(Peter Oborne, The Telegraph)

'[Shaharyar Khan] writes, with compelling understanding, of the conceits of power in a dysfunctional country.' --(Spectator)

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Shaharyar M Khan is a distinguished international diplomat who served as High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Ambassador to France and Jordan, Pakistan s Foreign Secretary and UN Secretary General s Special Representative in Rwanda. His cricket pedigree is impeccable. He distinguished himself at Cambridge University, played club cricket in Britain and Pakistan and was a playing member of the MCC. His family link him to the all-time greats of cricket on the sub-continent including the Nawab of Pataudi who played for England and captained India and Mansur Ali Khan, a distinguished Blue and Pakistani captain. He was Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, 2003-6. Shaharyrar Khan's previous publications include The Begums of Bhopal: A Dynasty of Women Rulers in the Raj, The Shallow Graves of Rawanda (both I.B.Tauris) and Memoirs of a Rebel Princess. Ali Khan is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research interests vary from labour issues to popular culture in Pakistan, focusing particularly on cinema and sports. He has previously worked for the World Bank and with the International Labour Organisation primarily on projects related to child and bonded labour. He holds an MPhil and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in England. He is the author of Representing Children: Power, Policy and the Discourse on Child Labour in the Football Manufacturing Industry of Pakistan (Oxford University Press, 2007). He is also the General Editor for a series of books on Sociology and Anthropology in Pakistan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; 1 edition (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZQRHTU
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Have they failed Pakistan or has Pakistan failed them?
This is a perennial question not just for the Pakistani cricketers but for every Pakistani coming abroad. Is every Pakistani abroad supposed to be an ambassador for his country? Clearly not in my opinion as no one choses to be born in a particular country so why should they carry this extra baggage around? Especially when the going is already pretty tough for Pakistanis in any case.
Anyway the author cites following ills affecting the Pakistani cricket team.
drug abuse
ball tampering
excessive religiosity
player factionalism
spot fixing

The book sets out a pretty ambitious and rather grand objective at its outset. `Does cricket reflect a nation's character, its history, its personality, its culture, its social make up, its insecurities, its politics, its religious commitment?' Most of the book then goes on trying to equate the nature and style of cricket teams with the overall character of the country, which I found slightly disingenuous as it seemed too shallow, but at least its a start. The authors have managed to produce a pretty concise and focussed book in explaining Pakistan from using cricket as a prism. I must say they have done a pretty good job as the book provides many answers to a relative laymen like me, especially in cricketing terms.

I have finally got an answer to a long standing question of mine. Why did cricket become so popular in India over other sports like football introduced by British around the same time? According to the book, cricket in India reflected a mirror image of the class differences that existed on the cricket field in England. In India the Princess took up the game in fervour, so the popularity of cricket is owed directly to the Indian Princess.
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