South Asian Politics Takes the Field at the Cricket World Cup – The Diplomat

 South Asian Politics Takes the Field at the Cricket World Cup – The Diplomat

Sunday’s matches finalized the semifinalists for the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, with Pakistan, New Zealand, England, and Australia making it to the final four. The Super 12 stage of the  cricket tournament saw some world class matchups and enthralling performances that made headlines across the participating nations.

In South Asia, the cricketing narratives were also loaded with political undertones over the past fortnight. In fact, the political impact began even before the matches did, as the Indian government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis saw the ICC T20 World Cup – originally slated to be hosted in India –moved to the UAE.

Group 2 of the Super 12 stage was the center of much hype, with an India-Pakistan clash opening the pool. Pakistan’s thumping win in a lopsided contest broke a jinx spanning 29 years and 12 contests as the country beat its archrival for the first time at a…

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