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The politics of purity: discourses of deception and integrity in contemporary international cricket

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.

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Author(s): Philpott S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Third World Quarterly

Year: 2018

Volume: 39

Issue: 4

Pages: 677-691

Online publication date: 07/02/2018

Acceptance date: 22/01/2018

Date deposited: 23/01/2018

ISSN (print): 0143-6597

ISSN (electronic): 1360-2241

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2018.1432348


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