August 21, 2009

Offbeat

The win, the dance

Martin Williamson

A team of eunuchs has beaten a team of professional cricketers in what is believed to be the first match involving a side completely made up of eunuchs. They are social outcasts in Pakistan, where the match took place, but recent changes in the law implemented by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the country’s chief justice, have given them more rights.

“I want to dedicate our victory to him,” Sanam Khan, captain of the eunuchs' team, told the BBC. “It is only due to him that things are changing for eunuchs in Pakistan.”

The match at Sukkur, a city in Sindh, attracted a decent crowd and it is reported the eunuchs did an impromptu dance on the pitch after securing the win.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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