Cricketing Cultures in Conflict: Cricketing World Cup 2003 by Boria Majumdar, J. A. Mangan

By Boria Majumdar, J. A. Mangan

The 2003 international Cup was once of important value to the engaging nations. For India, a global cup triumph may make cricket the nation's prime undefined; for the host, South Africa, a winning crusade may perhaps become aware of its dream of political unity.
Dealing with subject matters of racial/political unification, commercialization, the media and globalisation, this ebook explores the function of cricket and game in all the competing nations.
Looking at fresh advancements comparable to match-fixing, the abolition of the quota approach and the performances of the South African nationwide group, the gathering examines the significance of the Cricket global Cup in delivering a unified political, social and monetary degree from which a united South African id can ultimately emerge. The booklet additionally explores the position of the Cricket international Cup in terms of West Indian harmony, Pakistani financial regeneration, Sri Lankan, Kenyan and Zimbabwean peace.

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Cricket teaches youngsters the importance of working together to achieve an end goal. There can be no more important task than imparting this valuable life skill to our future generations, and what better way than through sport? 21 Gomersall is reiterating commitments by big business to the continuing process of reconciliation. Funds have also been raised by a levy on senior international competition. Cricket has been taken into African areas. The first round of the Under-19 World Cup in 1998, for example, saw contests taking place at club and school grounds in areas such as Soweto, Laudium and Lenasia in an attempt to show international competition to those deprived of it in the past.

More recently, the 2001 ‘A’ tour to India included seven white players and seven players of colour, a sign of improvement at the highest level and an indication that the ‘A’ team was no longer the side of the development programme, but one selected on merit. Such progress led Percy Sonn to claim optimistically that the development programme was evolving beyond initial expectations. However, despite these advances, the pool from which players of colour can be selected at national level remains pitifully small.

Just as politics had banished the Springboks during the 1970s and 1980s, their reentry in 1992 would not have been possible without support from the political establishment. Both cricketing and political authorities were keen to promote the opportunity to show a post-apartheid nation that sport had the qualities to unify a country historically characterized by division. Using the World Cups as markers, this essay seeks to assess the progress South African cricket has made, from international pariah to host of cricket’s greatest event.

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