Tag Archives: 2003 World Cup

The modest Master bows out

13 Nov

sachin_at_lords300Cynicism is an overbearing, pervasive attitude. It’s an increasingly prevalent one too, in a modern world of disposable opinions and anonymous criticism. It has served this author well over the years – particularly when it was announced that Sachin Tendulkar was retiring.

Like many before me, I found myself searching ‘Sachin Tendulkar slow innings’, or ‘Sachin Tendulkar fail’, for evidence to back up a pithy, put-down article. Soon it was penned, and off I went. Even sooner, people were tweeting with glee that his highest score at Lord’s was only 37, or reminding each other that his 100th International hundred was a pedestrian innings that slowed down his team’s scoring rate, causing them to lose the game. Vitriol was sent back and forth and although I was spared most of this, it still didn’t sit well with me.

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Remembering Zimbabwe

7 Feb

ZIMBABWE CRICKETERS ANDY FLOWER AND HENRY OLONGA LOOK OVER PITCH DURING MATCH AGAINST SRI LANKA10 years ago, two Zimbabwean cricketers – Andy Flower and Henry Olonga – stood against one of the biggest tyrants ever to have existed, and made a protest on the biggest stage that they could have done.  During their opening match of the 2003 World Cup they wore black armbands and in a press release they stated that they were “mourning the death of democracy in Zimbabwe”.  Such a brave act brought the world’s attention to the human rights abuses that were, and still are, being conducted by the president, Robert Mugabe.  The protest swiftly became the main focus of an event-filled World Cup, and put pressure on the world to take notice of Mugabe’s regime.  But how much has changed in 10 years?

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