Cricket: A Bridge of Peace

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 238 pages
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This book is more than a cricketing journal. It is essentially about the impact of this ennobling sport on the minds of people. For the cricket enthusiast, the book provides an insight into the drama, on and off the field that led to the Pakistan Cricket team's triumph in India and disaster inSouth Africa. Apart from purely cricketing analyses, the book covers issues such as match fixing allegations, neutral umpiring, captaincy and coaching. The author has wandered down memory lane, especially in India, to record some personal impressions. These reminiscences are not egotistic wallowingin nostalgia but are intended to provide the historical backdrop to community relations that he had known in pre-Independence India. In the same spirit, he has described his feelings at visiting Robben Island, Soweto, and the South African Constitutional Court. After a lifetime in diplomacy,attempting, mostly unsuccessfully, to overcome tension, hostility and conflict, the author believes that when played with sportsmanship and in the true spirit of the noble game, cricket can help build bridges of peace all over the world.

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The Pakistan Cricket Team at the World Cup
The World Cup Begins
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Shaharyar M. Khan, a direct descendant of Bhopal's ruling family, was born in 29 March 1934 in pre partition India and educated at Cambridge University. A career diplomat, he was Pakistan's Ambassador to Jordan (1976-82), High Commissioner to the UK (1987-90), Foreign Secretary (1990-94),UNSG's Special Representative in Rwanda (1994-96); and Pakistan's Ambassador to France. Mr Shaharyar Khan comes from a distinguished sporting family. His grandfather Nawab Hamidullah Khan was India's leading polo player, and his mother Princess Abida Sultaan was an outstanding squad, polo and hockeyplayer, having won the all-India women's squad title in 1948. The Nawab of Pataudi senior was his uncle and Nawab of Pataudi junior his first cousin. Shaharyar M Khan is an avid cricketer and member of the MCC, and he played most of his cricket in England, captained Pakistan Wanderers and alsoplayed for Wimbledon CC, the leading cricket club of Pakistan.

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