[Marxism] (fwd) The bowling was superfine...with those little pals of mine

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Mon Aug 30 21:12:14 MDT 2010

  [fwd for Gary McLennan (i'll get back to yo on the plain text thing soon]

I have been emboldened to contribute more to this cricket, oops sport 
and politics thread. That what polite silence will get you. There is now 
a series of inquests going on into all the matches Pakistan has lost.  
What the authorities will do about it all is any one's guess.

I consider myself far from naive when it comes to matters cricket, but I 
just woke up this morning with the thought that the reason why the 
Pakistan cricket team kept dropping all those catches, was not that they 
were hopeless in the field but that they were on a perverted bonus system.

Talk about loss of innocence...

On a more political level () there was an interesting article in the 
London Times on the whole affair.  It said that the cheating scandal 
must not be allowed to lead to Pakistan's expulsion from the world 
cricket community, as this would drive the country further into the 
hands of Islamic extremists.  Cricket it seems binds Pakistan to the 
West.  Hmmm, I'm not sure how I feel about that as a Marxist 
revolutionary socialist.

In any case the real victims of this affair are the millions of 
Pakistanis, especially those in England, who invested emotionally in the 
team, only to be betrayed. No wonder they pelted the team bus with tomatoes.

Finally on corruption, in a country where the President is known as 'Mr 
10%' is it any wonder that an 18 year old like Mohammed Amir, from a 
village where there is no electricity, would bowl no-balls for money?



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