Monday, August 21, 2006

A Right Royal Mess (Yup, it's a Pakistan-England Cricket Series)

A bizarre -- and, as in far too many cricket matches involving Pakistan and England, sordid -- end -- said to be the first forfeit in test match history -- to what had been shaping up to be a gripping test match (marred by dropped catches, a staple where Pakistan is concerned, and bad umpiring decisions, a staple where Darryl Hair is concerned). As always, Osman Samiuddin is lucid, and (paradoxically) does an excellent job in evoking the murkiness of it all. Andrew Miller puts the issue in broader perspective, and asks an interesting question: just why does ball tampering occupy such pride of place among cricketing sins, a position somewhere in between pedophilia and mass murder?

Tons of media stories and reactions. . .

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