Politics and Cricket: Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate

by Devanshu Mehta

Andy Bull goes there:

The English players once blanched at being made to shake hands with Robert Mugabe. This Saturday they will be expected to play against a man [Jayasuriya] who is a direct representative of a government accused of war crimes on a horrific scale by the United Nations. The politics of the matter is not outside the ground or behind a metal fence any more. It is right there in the middle of the pitch and it cannot be ignored.

Ouch. As Jarrod Kimber said last week:

No one can bring politics into cricket, they’re already here.

Of course, this guilty-by-association-with-perpetrators-of-alleged-past-crimes logic would leave a lot of people and a lot of countries out of sport. I’m not saying we should ignore it, but just that beware of the standards you set for others. You may not like it when they’re applied uniformly.