Nationalism Vs. Cricket
Now we teel Nationalism Vs Cricket. Cricket is an international sport. It had its origin in England and spread to all English colonies in the late 18th and 19 centuries. Cricket played a dominant role in these countries as early as in the 1930s and developed into a prominent sport. Since Cricket originated in England, it has more English cultural elements and identity than the artistic aspects of the country to which it migrated. That is why the reputed English cricket journalist Neville Cardus said: ‘Take everything away from England except Cricket. Still, I can regain everything.’
Despite Cricket being prominent English sport with its peculiar characteristics, with the advent of Nationalism in the 19th and 20th. Centuries, each cricket team that forms in countries like England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe, was identified with its nation. If the Indian cricket team wins a test or ODI, it invariably said that India wins the Test or ODI.
Similarly, die-hard Indian cricket fans consider India’s loss in a check or ODI as a loss suffered by India. For example, if a cricket match plays between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan. A win by India considers as a virtual victory over Pakistan and vice versa. If India wins a day and night cricket match convincingly against Pakistan, you can see thousands of torchbearers in the stadium holding their torches aloft as a mark of victory to their nation. Similarly, if the Indian team loses a match in a lackluster performance.
Cricket Nationalism Ind vs SA
It invites the wrath of the Indian fans that go to the extent of setting everything to flames. To such an extent, the spirit of Nationalism is predominant. You can also observe this characteristic feature in the ongoing second cricket test played between India and South Africa in Durban.
When the South African team was batting in the first innings, the South Africans were supporting their national team and hail each, and every boundary scored. The Indian fans (people of Indian origin who migrated to South Africa) were waving their tricolor flags and hailed every wicket that fell and reveled. In the Indian team’s bowling performance and the dismissal of South Africa for a paltry score of 131 in its first innings. It was nothing but a spirit of Nationalism.
Pros and Cons of Nationalism Cricket
- It creates a vast and active fan base for the game of Cricket in countries like India.
- By its massive fan base, it has also created economically powerful cricket boards in cricket playing countries that help to organize, plan and run the game more systematically. For example, the Board of Cricket Control, India, is the worlds’ largest and economically most powerful cricket board having millions of rupees and assets. Mighty cricket boards like BCCI mostly influence ICC.
- It helps the growth and development of Cricket in countries like India. Now Cricket is the most popular game in India. In fact, Cricket by its massive followers has become the religion of India
- It defies logic and negates the real sportsmanship, and so creates cricket fanatics rather than cricket fans. For example, a fantastic century scored by a batsman or an excellent bowling performance. By a bowler goes unnoticed and never appreciated.
- It goes berserk and at times, destructive. Hence it creates an ugly scene.
- It has become inevitable, and each Cricket playing country largely depends upon it.
ICC (the International Cricket Council), as a confederation of Cricket playing nations, is supervising and administering international Cricket. Besides promoting it in various parts of the world. However, ICC is quite conscious about the nationalist sentiments that prevail in the different Cricket playing countries, including India. Hence, it has taken the following concrete steps to cope up with the growing Nationalism in various cricket playing countries:
i) An international panel of umpires
Though each cricket playing country is having an active group of arbitrators. ICC does not favor the idea of appointing native referees to officiate a cricket match played between the native team and a foreign team. For example, if a test match plays between India and Australia, no Indian or Australian umpire will officiate as an umpire in the game.
Two international referees who do not belong to India and Australia will be appointed to officiate as umpires in the match. In this way, an international arbitrator will be free from any isms of nationality and officiate in a cricket match as a neutral umpire, not acting in a partisan manner supporting a particular team.
ii) An international panel of referees
ICC also has a system of appointing a referee for the smooth conduct of each cricket match. Besides dealing with the indiscipline of the players and the irregularities committed during the game. If a cricket match plays between South Africa and India. A referee who does not belong to these countries appoint.
iii) Playing the cricket matches in neutral venues
If the law and order situation in a Cricket performing. The country is not suitable for performing a cricket match, again, ICC intervenes and selects a neutral place that is acceptable to both cricket playing countries. For example, since the law and order situation prevailing in Pakistan is not suitable for playing Cricket.