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Cricket in South Asia is a carnivalesque, festive game. It carries

Cricket in South Asia is a carnivalesque, festive game. It carries not merely the baggage of competition and achievement, but is also a participatory cultural event that invokes images of religious festivals, convivial social gatherings, picnics and theatre. It is now gradually becoming a substitute for war, a means of redeeming self-esteem and expressing xenophobia, and a depot of weird conspiracy theories. No country now loses a game because the other side is better a country loses only because its cricketers and cricket administrators are under-patriotic, corrupt, greedy or self-centered .​

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