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On cricketers and politicians – by Lakshman Kadirgamar

On cricketers and politicians
By  Lakshman Kadirgamar – August 25, 2005

Lakshman Kadirgamar

Dilmah Cricket Network today publishes a memorable after-dinner speech made by the late Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar during a function held with the Sri Lanka cricketers after their knockout from the Champions Trophy in September 2004. 

Captain Atapattu and members of the Sri Lankan team;
Members of the Sri Lankan community;
Friends of Sri Lanka;
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Some historians say, I think un cha ritably, that cricket is really a diabolical political strategy, disguised as a game, in fact a substitute for war, invented by the ingenious British to confuse the natives by encouraging them to fight each other instead of their imperial rulers.

The world is divided into two camps – those who revel in the intricacies of cricket and those who are totally baffled by it, who cannot figure out why a group of energetic young men should spend days, often in the hot sun or bitter cold, cha sing a round object across an open field, hitting it from time to time with a stick – all to the rapturous applause of thousands, now millions, of ecstatic spectators across the world. Continue reading

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