Who knows what’s cricket and what’s not
By Rajpal Abeynayake
Someone mentioned to me recently that jihadism is already here in
a form that none of us would quite like to imagine. They say that
when the Sri Lankans play the Pakistanis, there are people from
Akurana who cheer for the Pakistani team - - and that there are
some Sri Lankans in the plantations who cheer for the Indian team
when India plays Sri Lanka.
latter assertion made someone else mention that the person who said
it did not know a googly from a Ganguly -- not because she was Indian
but because she was plain ga-ga.
inclined to agree not because I particularly care for the difference
between Ganguly and a googly but because of the fact I simply do
not see Indians in the plantations identifying with India, because
they have been trying to live down their Indian origins for well
over five decades at least.
allegiance business anyway must be a strange thing. Sri Lankan kids
living in England we have heard end up rooting for Sri Lanka, but
I have not heard that the Irish cheer for the French when England
plays France at soccer.
But the funny thing was that I was also told that the people of
Vavuniya were cheering the Indians over the Sri Lankans. Strange,
when we have already heard that the people of Jaffna and the Wanni
were cheering the Sri Lankans after they won the world cup.
is it with Vavuniya then that’s even less Sri Lankan than
Is it that they eat more masala vadai in Vavuniya than in Jaffna,
and drink less Coca cola?
are the Vavuniyans more prone to cheer Muralitharan, knowing that
he married an Indian girl?
from among the Sinhalese who marry Tamils, someone said, tend to
overcompensate and regularly condemn the LTTE. Will Murali overcompensate
in a similar way, and bowl far too venomously to the Indians??
do not know but all that can be said is that the mind boggles at
the kind of possibilities that arise from the entire social treatise
that can be done about cricket, and who cheers what side with whom.
did not play cricket, and neither did Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
-- so I do not know what the fuss is all about. These two people
have a kinship in that they both do not know cricket and to that
extent they are the only too real non-colonials, given that even
Premadasa enjoyed going for the Royal-Thomian cricket match to sit
between the two school Principals.
This is the first time we have truly cut the umbilical cord -- when
we have two Lankan leaders who do not know a ball about cricket.
that’s the case we can forge an amity based on common ground
except that its the people who are spoiling this whole show ---
with the Vavunians and the Vannians both watching cricket even though
the Vavunians cheer the Indians and Vannians cheer the Sri Lankans.
Or so according to some imaginative authority.
it! A rift, just when we thought we had a chance of solving this
ethnic thing because Prabhkaran and Chandrika are both brought up
in a tradition that’s strictly not cricket?