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Type: Journal article
Title: Wunderkidz in a blunderland: Tensions and tales from Sri Lankan cricket
Author: Roberts, M.
Citation: Sport in Society, 2009; 12(4-5):566-578
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1743-0437
Statement of
Michael Roberts
Abstract: The story of Sri Lankan cricket is a tale of great cricketing success within the context of a polity struggling with civil war and great levels of internal violence. Cricket is the one arena in Sri Lankan public culture where Tamils and Sinhalese, locked in a bloody civil war for decades, come together on a national public platform. From being reviled as a Western import in the early years of independence to its gradual embrace and penetration of new catchment areas in less affluent and more rural areas, the story of Sri Lankan cricket in many ways mirrors the development of the post-colonial Sri Lankan nation. This essay fleshes out prominent themes in the history of Sri Lankan cricket within the context of the major socio-political developments in twentieth century Sri Lanka
Description: This article was drafted in early 2007 and finalised later that year
Rights: (c) 2009 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020095005
DOI: 10.1080/17430430802702830
Appears in Collections:Anthropology & Development Studies publications

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