In the short time since Sarfaraz made on-field comments to his teammates in Urdu regarding Phelukwayo, there has been a considerable (and justified) Cricket Hubbub™. The incident, in which Sarfraz said: 'Abhay kaalay, teri ammi kahan behti hain, kya parhaa ke aya hai?' Involves a very nuanced, contextualised translation. Language matters, and cannot be removed … Continue reading On Sarfaraz Ahmed & South Asian Anti-Blackness
‘English Conditions’ is one of those oft-repeated phrases in the cricket world that is rooted in pure historicism – yet in the seemingly never0ending run up to the World Cup, it has been parroted lazily by every single non-English fan and commentator going. It’s been repeated so much, often by professionals who should know better, … Continue reading World Cup Grounds Galore: A Guide To ‘English Conditions’
It’s that time of year where the Associate Nerds amongst us are forced to step away from Scotland warm up matches and the fortunes of the USA cricket team (looking good, my dudes), and look towards World Cup Squad selection trials and tribulations. Anyone trying to sell you a massive gulf between quality of the … Continue reading It’s Time To Think About The Cricket World Cup: Squads Edition:
Winter has come, just in time for the English 'Summer.' Summer in England, for the uninitiated, means blankets, being able to see your own breath, peripheral cyanosis, and of course bobble hats. In short - braving the April weather is braving the White Cold that heralds the coming of The Others. To celebrate the coinciding … Continue reading The Game of Thrones-Cricket Crossover You Didn’t Know You Were Dying For
In wake of the Pulwama incident, the BCCI has announced that it will meet today to discuss its options regarding potential action to request the ICC that Pakistan are ousted from the 2019 World Cup. Note that I have not referred to the incident as a terrorist attack, not out of a lack of empathy … Continue reading Political Non-Interference, the BCCI, and the ICC World Cup:
Cricket has a problem. That problem is not unique to the sport, or even sport itself - nevertheless there are social behaviors and structures which facilitate and exacerbate the problem, working to ensure not just a lack of accountability, but a marked unwillingness to even address its existence. That problem is sexual harassment. A phrase … Continue reading Cricket: In Need Of More Than A #MeToo Moment.
Today the ICC, bizarrely subsequent to the news being publicized by the Proteas fearless leader at the toss of the 4th ODI, announced the punitive sanctions made against Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. A four match ban, which resulted in a lot of reactive 'too little, ban him for life' statements, as well as 'too much, … Continue reading The ICC, Racism-Offences and Decision-Making
In a time when "Lord" Tebbit and his ideology should be dead and buried, we're living under an increased perception and awareness of tribalism and xenophobia. Whilst societies have opened up globally, states are making efforts to harden and close borders. Cricket, and sport broadly, is both a method of disrupting such or, conversely, reifying … Continue reading Un-Tebbitable
Pakistan: 11 T20 Specialists? The roadmap of Pakistan’s current T20 status, comprising a number of world records and repeatedly referred to as clinical of late, demonstrates a strong understanding of the T20 ethos; the boys in green haven’t lost a T20 series since the last T20 World Cup, piling on an impressive 11 series wins. … Continue reading Pakistan: 11 T20 Specialists?
On ‘Elite HonestyTM.’ In the short time since Cricket Australia’s new motto has been pushed to the public, much has been said about the topic, ranging from Justin Langer’s explanation of the phrase, to the more derisive and comedic memes that can be found on Twitter. What’s notable about the catchphrase, other than its centrality … Continue reading On ‘Elite Honesty.’