Shadows Across the Playing Field: 60 Years of India-Pakistan Cricket

Shadows Across the Playing Field: 60 Years of India-Pakistan Cricket

Shadows across the Playing Field tells the story of the turbulent cricketing relations between India and Pakistan through the eyes of two men,Shashi Tharoor and Shaharyar Khan who bring to the task not only great love of the game but also deep knowledge of subcontinental politics and diplomacy. Shashi Tharoor, a former UN Under-Secretary-General and man of letters, is a passionate outsider, whose comprehensive, entertaining and hard-hitting analysis of sixty years of cricketing history displays a Nehruvian commitment to secular values, which rejects sectarianism in sport in either country. He is now a member of Parliament and Minister of State for External Affairs. Shaharyar Khan, a former Pakistan foreign secretary, is very much the insider, who writes compellingly of his pivotal role as team manager and then chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Control Board at a time when cricket was in the forefront of detente between the two countries.