New York Times, March 29, 2011
Finding Common Ground
By AAKANKSHA PANDE
On Wednesday, two billion people around the world will not go to work. Or if they do, they will be distracted.
That’s because India and Pakistan will be playing in the knock-out semi final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, a match touted as the “biggest game in cricket.” This is not hyperbole. Wednesday’s game is the South Asian equivalent of the epic 1980 Olympic ice-hockey game between the United States and the Soviet Union.
As an Indian married to a Pakistani, for me this game is laden with personal significance. As a child in Mumbai, I fell in love with cricket watching the debonair Pakistani captain Imran Khan lift the World Cup in 1992. During my college years in the United States, I fell in love with my Pakistani husband watching him pitch a perfect Yorker (a lethal delivery in cricket parlance) in 1999.
Cricket is the pulse and passion of the subcontinent. ...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Below is an article about an event whose political importance could be overlooked in my own country where we have little understanding of cricket. But despite our ignorance much could be in theory at stake, at least symbolically. RLC