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A chaotic domestic structure that is as foreign to those within the country as it is to those outside, forms an essential part of the work. The power of the game in Pakistan is not lost among the multitude of ingredients.
Cricket is the one platform that unites liberal secular, military and religious fundamental forces that are currently pulling the country in different directions. What is revealing is that much of the political intrigue of Pakistan cricket has its roots at the very inception of the national team.
There is even a look at Pakistan's women cricketers who have not been immune from the personality clashes and power grabs that have polluted the men's game. This fascinating section of the book tells amongst other things the battles between rival camps from Karachi and Lahore who were determined to become the pioneers for the Pakistani women cricketers.
Oborne's narrative is dominated by several central characters and families whose footprints on the landscape of Pakistan cricket are more pronounced than any others. AH Kardar is one of these and his usurping of the dignified Mian Saeed Pakistan's first test captain laid down a precedent for the position to become more often than not a poison chalice.
And yet Kardar living up to his paradoxical nature was one of the very few who was able to overcome the plotting and intrigue and give his country a platform on the world stage. Like Imran Khan with Javed Miandad, and Wasim Akram with Waqar Younis later on, Kardar owed much of the early success to a partnership as harmonious on the field as it was riddled with suspicions of it.
Fazal Mahmood was the early instigator of a fast bowling tradition that has formed the backbone of great Pakistani sides. Oborne does well in capturing not only his achievements in bowling out a Len Hutton, Dennis Compton and Brian Statham inspired England at the Oval in but also gives the background story of a man who suffered the traumas of partition and dared to dream big.
From its very inception the newest team on a stage dominated by two old masters in Australia and England would not be subjugated easily.
Honour in defeat that has been the hallmark of each new member of the Imperial Cricket Conference precursor to the ICC and continues indefinitely with Bangladesh would not be Pakistan's fate. In fact Pakistan played the biggest role in breaking the hegemony of the Ashes companions over world cricket.
From the beginning this was an untamed beast one that has failed to temper its own prodigious nature and at times turned on itself. When it comes to cricket books, I'm more of a Parkha with all the furry trimmings. So a huge tome which sets itself out as a historical cricket book was almost more exciting than was containable - and at times, this book did indeed soar to the sort of heights that I was hoping it would reach.
But then the next minute, it would bring the flying reader crashing down to earth with a sickening bang. For every bit of literary brilliance in this When it comes to history books, I'm a bit of an anorak.
For every bit of literary brilliance in this book - and there were many- there was a completely gauche moment which annoyed, frustrated and disappointed in equal measure.
This book is what it says on the tin- a history of cricket in Pakistan. That is its strength - there's barely a run, a dot ball or a nervous tap on the crease between balls that isn't recorded in this sumptuous tome. But this is also one of its many weaknesses - there is almost TOO much detail in the book - and not enough analysis of what is behind the detail.
The constant footnotes are annoying and frustrating - they cut across the rhythm of reading, often adding little if anything to the narrative. And when the footnote is important - then why not just include it in the main narrative? And the extensive bibliographical references are equally as frustrating Mr Oborne is fairly well known for his polarised views on any number of contemporary political situations - he has written copiously on how Muslims are misperceived by elements of the "Western" press - but he allows his prejudices to completely cloud his judgement throughout this book.
He constantly cries foul against mainly the English press, saying that they keep calling the Pakistanis cheats. The nation of Pakistan was born out of the trauma of Partition from India in Its cricket team evolved in the chaotic aftermath.
Initially unrecognised, underfunded and weak, Pakistan's team grew to become a major force in world cricket. Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan's successes helped to define its status in the world. Defiant in defence, irresistible in attack, players such as A. The story of Pakistan cricket is filled with triumph and tragedy. In recent years, it has been threatened by the same problems affecting Pakistan itself: For twenty years, Pakistan cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing.
Since , the fear of violence has driven Pakistan's international cricket into exile.
No one knows when it will return home. But Peter Oborne's narrative is also full of hope. For all its troubles, cricket gives all Pakistanis a chance to excel and express themselves, a sense of identity and a cause for pride in their country.