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What Would Happen If International Cricket Players Knelt During The National Anthem?

by Anura Guruge


The Sri Lanka ODI Team (top) & Indian Test Team (in white).


It is even inconceivable to even think of but we all know what would happen. They would immediately be charged by the ICC of bringing the game into disrepute — heavily fined and suspended. That we know because the ICC is, quite correctly, is ultra-strict about behavior and compliance — and let’s face it, cricket has a 400-year reputation for his gentlemanly-manners, sportsmanship¬†and decorum.

Now PLEASE do NOT get me wrong. I have NOTHING against American sportsman (and to-date, as far as I know, it has all being men) taking the knee during the national anthem. It is there right — and I understand that. But, having bummed around the World I also know the pride and significance of national anthems.

Having the national anthems played ahead of Internationals is NEW in cricket. Definitely post 1980. I actually like it. Very moving.

A few things to PONDER and Chuckle IF you are NOT an American.

There are things that WE (e.g., British, Sri Lankan, Indian, Australian, Pakistani etc. etc.) take for granted — like a National Health AND a National Sports Teams, or to be fair TEAMS.

We have our National Cricket Team, National Soccer Team, National Rugby Team.

America really doesn’t — in terms of what the PEOPLE FOLLOW — outside of the Olympics. Yes, they have a soccer team, and a tennis team. But those are NOT their national sports.

Just think IF the U.S. had a National Football Team or Baseball Team.

Just think IF the U.S. played national sports on an International basis — as we do, all the time.

Then the National Anthem issue would really become a BIG deal.

Something to think about.


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by Anura Guruge