Pakistan in England July 11, 2006

A gripping season

It will be a pleasure to return to the majesty of Test cricket after the frenzy of the football, writes Mike Marqusee in The Hindu .

It will be a pleasure to return to the majesty of Test cricket after the frenzy of the football, writes Mike Marqusee in The Hindu.

While kids in England were watching football on the telly, their counterparts in Pakistan were bowling and batting in whatever space they could find and with whatever implements came to hand. As in India, the route from the streets to the stadiums is circuitous and littered with obstacles and injustices. But in Pakistan it tends often to be a shorter leap, and more of the elan of street cricket — the hustle, the improvisatory spirit — survives in the Pakistani game. Combine that with sophistication of technique and discipline, and you have a cricket team that's both competitive and entertaining.

Sriram Veera is a former staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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