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|Title:||Wunderkidz in a blunderland: Tensions and tales from Sri Lankan cricket|
|Citation:||Sport in Society, 2009; 12(4-5):566-578|
|Abstract:||The story of Sri Lankan cricket is a tale of great cricketing success within the context of a polity struggling with civil war and great levels of internal violence. Cricket is the one arena in Sri Lankan public culture where Tamils and Sinhalese, locked in a bloody civil war for decades, come together on a national public platform. From being reviled as a Western import in the early years of independence to its gradual embrace and penetration of new catchment areas in less affluent and more rural areas, the story of Sri Lankan cricket in many ways mirrors the development of the post-colonial Sri Lankan nation. This essay fleshes out prominent themes in the history of Sri Lankan cricket within the context of the major socio-political developments in twentieth century Sri Lanka|
|Description:||This article was drafted in early 2007 and finalised later that year|
|Rights:||(c) 2009 Taylor & Francis|
|Appears in Collections:||Anthropology & Development Studies publications|
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