“Andy Flower has departed for Sri Lanka today as manager of an England team reeling after a test whitewash in the UAE to Pakistan and nervous about playing on yet more slow and turning pitches.
However events off the pitch could be even trickier to handle. Sri Lanka’s cricket board is allegedly ridden by corruption, and the grounds England will play on are now run by a military that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations and the US State Department say should be investigated for allegations of perhaps the most serious war crimes and crimes against humanity committed this century….
The friend who sent i tot me has this comment: “Here’s an example of human rights fundamentalists getting it fundamentally wrong: Attacking what is perhaps the most unifying symbol for Sri Lankans, an institution whose ethnic representativity has never been in question, and which stands to gain from the promotion of young talent from the north and east that people like Murali, Mahela and Sanga are doing so well, is not only unbelievably stupid, but also unutterably offensive. Seems like no lessons have been learnt from Amnesty’s similarly ill-conceived campaign against the Sri Lankan cricket team in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.”