Cricket and the Politics of Representation

In the current round of the never-ending grind that is now international cricket, there are strong reminders that the game, like sport generally, carries strong social and political symbolism with powerful meaning and resonance within the broader communities involved. Take the Australia-Sri Lanka series, for example, in which a rebuilding home side is inflicting heavy … Continue reading

A Week in Chennai/Madras

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I am not long back in Phnom Penh from a week zipping about Chennai during the Cambodian Water Festival period – a good time to get away, particularly as the Chennai weather is now about as good as it will get at any time in the year. And it was good: mid to high 20s … Continue reading

A Woolf @ the ICC Door

Far From The Politics: Cricket in Samoa (Photo Credit Raphael Kessler)

There is a saying in government and consultancy along the lines of: “never ask a question to which you do not know the answer”, or “never order a review where you cannot predict the findings”.  It is highly likely that there are at this moment several highly placed members of the International Cricket Council wishing … Continue reading

India Struggling

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India’s test cricket defeat in Adelaide was arguably the very worst of the eight they have now lost in a row while playing away from home.  Melbourne was a poor effort, Sydney worse then Perth was always going to be hard.  Adelaide, though, is a batting track as the Australians demonstrated and as the Indians … Continue reading

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