Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Philpott
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The International Cricket Council and civil prosecutions of three Pakistani cricketers and their fixer brought player corruption in cricket to public scrutiny once more. A range of English media commentators and the sentencing judge referred to cricket’s loss of innocence because of the deception of the Pakistani cricketers. However, commercialisation, racism, and dealings with corrupt political regimes have all exposed cricket as less innocent than many of its English defenders would admit. Furthermore, the demonization of Pakistani cricketers as cheats blurs the boundary between individual responsibility and cultural characteristics with negative consequences for Muslims in the post-9/11 world.
Author(s): Philpott S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Third World Quarterly
Online publication date: 07/02/2018
Acceptance date: 22/01/2018
Date deposited: 23/01/2018
ISSN (print): 0143-6597
ISSN (electronic): 1360-2241
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