“Sport and politics don’t mix”.
They don’t have to mix, they’re so incestuously intertwined that they are both permanently in a state of coitus. Right now they are going at it behind closed doors, in public view and also while driving on a highway.
Politics and cricket are awkward and passionate lovers. Because cricket is not a club sport, politics can’t help but hump away at cricket. Cricket pretends it doesn’t like it, without ever trying to fully leave it either.
The UK government policy on whether cricket ends up on free TV or Pay TV may change cricket in England for years, and the decision isn’t going to be made by cricket officials.
When Katich was dropped Stephen Smith, the defence minister (not a ropey leg spinning prospect), used his political muscle to try and stop the mass genocide being perpetrated on West Australian cricketers, apparently even the ones who play for NSWales.
Sharad Pawar works for the ICC and John Howard tried to.
In Pakistan the quickest sprinters in the country are those senators who are racing to a podium to denounce all their cricketers as fixers.
The Sri Lankan women’s team have been recruited into the armed forces because the cricket board couldn’t find a sponsor for the team. South African selectors have to deal with politics when selecting a team and Cardiff got an Ashes test based on a lot of Welsh government money.
It happens everywhere, on many different levels. Politics can even be a good thing for cricket, then a bad thing, then a terrible thing, then a divisive thing, then an ok thing and finally a meh thing.
They are definitely a thing in cricket.
I could just point out that politics in Sri Lanka are so involved that the sports minister needs to ratify the Sri Lankan captain before he officially has the job.
Or even suggest how unlikely it is that Sanath Jayasuriya just wanted to make one more comeback and the selectors thought it would be great to have him back.
The Sri Lankans who are hopping mad over on youtube, which is a great place to hop madly, are disappointed I brought politics into cricket and mocked their President.
Well, he was in cricket, and thusly mocked by me.
He could have simply ran his country in any sort of way he wanted, he could have named a cheese after him, made all men grow a moustache and started an acapella group that only covered Liberty X.
I don’t spend much time mocking the New Zealand Prime Minister (quick google search) John Key. As far as I am aware he doesn’t make his ministers ratify who the captain of their team is, and no one is expecting Martin Crowe’s comeback to end in test cricket with one final goodbye tour.
If President Rajapaksa wasn’t involved in cricket, I wouldn’t mention him. Even John Howard, who I despise in every sense, wasn’t the subject of intense mockery on here until he dared stick his infectious beak into cricket.
No one can bring politics into cricket, they’re already here.