Let’s ruin another society

As I learned in Australia and as I have blogged about before, cricket is a great game, with many of the virtues of baseball. The teams from India are notable practitioners of the sport. A new league there is trying to modernize the sport, not just by a new three hour version (Twenty20), as opposed to a match normally taking nearly a WEEK, that perhaps might be a version suited to the American attention span. . . .but also by commercializing it and sexualizing the game.

One team has brought over the Washington Redskin cheerleaders into that famously modest nation to gyrate before delighted male cricket fans who, it is said, will have never seen so much female skin before their marriage. See Redskins Cheerleaders Shake Up Cricket In Modest India – washingtonpost.com.

The bringing of the aptly-termed Skins cheerleaders into cricket, with the rest of the accompanying spectacle, including rock bands and laser shows, is being associated with India’s newfound wealth and the over-arching goal of being like the Americans. Killer quote:
“Sexuality and cricket is the way forward. And it’s time India wakes up to the fact that it’s a different society. It’s a modern society. There’s no use keeping it all under wraps.”

The way forward for India is sexuality and cricket!

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • S Bauer

    “This is NOT your grandfather’s India.”

  • S Bauer

    “This is NOT your grandfather’s India.”

  • Joe

    Does cricket really take that long?

  • Joe

    Does cricket really take that long?

  • Anon

    India a famously modest nation? Um, no. Not even close, except perhaps in Muslim areas. Sari, I don’t agree.

  • Anon

    India a famously modest nation? Um, no. Not even close, except perhaps in Muslim areas. Sari, I don’t agree.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Yes, Joe, a match goes on for days. There is a one day version, though. Now in India they are starting a three hour version. But there is something utterly absorbing about a game that takes a week. (Think of it sort of like a series in baseball.) In Australia, when I was there the national team was playing the rivals of all rivals, the British! The whole country was tuned in; radios were always going on in the background; people asked each other on the street what the score was; it was on everyone’s mind, unifying the nation for a whole week!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Yes, Joe, a match goes on for days. There is a one day version, though. Now in India they are starting a three hour version. But there is something utterly absorbing about a game that takes a week. (Think of it sort of like a series in baseball.) In Australia, when I was there the national team was playing the rivals of all rivals, the British! The whole country was tuned in; radios were always going on in the background; people asked each other on the street what the score was; it was on everyone’s mind, unifying the nation for a whole week!


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