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Passionate crowds key to sport



This week’s attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team means Pakistan will be a no-go area for sports teams for years to come but the country will still be able to “host” matches elsewhere, with a “home” series already lined up against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

It’s a good solution for the Pakistan Cricket Board, who will keep the team playing and generate much needed cash from the sale of the TV broadcasting rights, but I hope this is not the start of a trend.

Great sporting events must take place where the crowds are there to watch them, even if TV revenue would still flow in for games played just for the cameras.

As I write this, Sweden are preparing to play their Davis Cup tennis tie against Israel behind closed doors, supposedly because they could not guarantee security should fans be allowed to actually turn up and watch the matches.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan under siege: cricket becomes a target

"Everything is officially going to hell." The verdict of a reader quoted by All Things Pakistan said perhaps better than anyone else why the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore marked a defining moment in Pakistan's agonising descent into chaos.

Six Sri Lankan cricketers and their British assistant coach were wounded when gunmen attacked their bus as it drove under police escort to the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.  Five policemen were killed.

Will Gravy make a comeback now cricket is back at the Rec?

After the farcical scenes on Friday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where play in the West Indies v England test was abandoned after just ten balls, the authorities pulled out the stops to get the Antigua Recreation Ground fit for a hastily re-arranged test on Sunday.

While embarrassed that the unloved ‘ Sir Viv’ stadium was unable to put on a game, most locals were delighted at the chance to see international cricket back at the traditional home of Antiguan cricket.

First day of test abandoned because of dangerous outfield


Just when West Indies looked back on the up after the drubbing of England in the first test, cricket in the region has suffered another blow to its credibility.   

The first day’s play in the second test match at Antigua was abandoned on Friday because of an ‘unfit and dangerous’ pitch, match referee Alan Hurst said.

It’s been a long time coming … But are West Indies back?



Too many false dawns over the Caribbean in recent years have induced increasing pessimism among those who follow and cherish West Indies’ cricket.

Isolated flashes of brilliance, such as the record run chase to beat Australia in 2003, have been more than outweighed by a succession of heavy and, sometimes, humiliating defeats.

Coach Dyson reflects on whirlwind win for West Indies

Miami-based correspondent Simon Evans is away covering England’s cricket tour of the West Indies. Tough job.

As soon as England’s second-innings humiliation was complete at Sabina Park, Simon grabbed West indies coach John Dyson for a chat about the great strides being made by his team. You can read Simon’s piece here. Think the ball that got Pietersen in the second innings was a bit special? Well, you’re in good company.