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A panel discussion exploring the history and global politics of cricket

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Cricket, it has been said, ‘is an Indian game accidentally discovered by the English’. Today, it is the national passion of the formerly colonised communities of the subcontinent. Notably, India has become world cricket's dominant superpower, its national team an important symbol of the country’s unity and diversity. For many British Asians, too, the sport has become a resource in negotiating their own complex cultural heritage. Equally, cricket in Britain looms large in public debates about empire and national identity. From the controversial ‘Tebbit Test’ to the multi-cultural composition of England’s World Cup-winning team, cricket constantly reminds us of C.L.R. James’ famous question: ‘What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?’

Historian Prashant Kidambi’s new book, Cricket Country, addresses precisely this question in narrating the story of the first ‘All India’ cricket team that toured Great Britain and Ireland in the coronation summer of 1911. The book explores how the idea of India took shape on the cricket pitch in the high noon of empire

Cricket Country raises important questions about role of sport in shaping our ideas about belonging, ethnicity, race and national identity. Dr.Kidambi is joined in this DICE/LCCC event by a panel of experts to discuss the meaning of international sport in today’s complex, diverse societies.

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