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Why should cricketers be socialist in their leaning?

The ills of today's crass capitalism are far better than the gloomy days of cricket's past, says Ahmed Rizvi, writing in the National .

Nikita Bastian
Nikita Bastian
25-Feb-2013
The ills of today's crass capitalism are far better than the gloomy days of cricket's past, says Ahmed Rizvi, writing in the National.
There may be some genuine concerns, but ... the IPL and any event like it should be welcomed. It is possibly the largest gathering of cricketers - the players, coaches and commentators - in a stress-free environment, an opportunity to socialise with former teammates and opponents, and earn a few dollars doing that.
Ask a Paul Valthaty or a Kamran Khan about the blessings of the IPL. Khan's father was a taxi driver in a small north Indian city and his mother rolled bidis (a form of cigarette) to supplement the income. Both of them died due to a lack of money for proper medical treatment, before Khan was spotted by the Rajasthan Royals director of coaching.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo