August 1, 2008

Champions Trophy

Victim of double standards and hypocrisy

Kanishkaa Balachandran

To the outsider, Pakistan cricket has always appeared as a battlefield, with fighting on two fronts: one with the other Test sides and the other within itself, writes Mike Selvey. But the country has every right to feel aggrieved when terror strikes in the other subcontinent countries sometimes barely evokes any sense of fear, and the inconsistency is glaring. Read on in the Age.

In 2005, Australia and England played one-day internationals at Lord's and the Oval just days after the July 7 atrocities in central London. If memory serves, there was no clamour to leave. Last year, England toured Sri Lanka even as bombs were exploding in Colombo and its environs. My family and I remained in Sri Lanka after the tour to enjoy a memorable Christmas and to appreciate that sometimes the reality outweighs the perception.

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