On a Sticky Wicket

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Under pressure: Robert Mugabe

For cricket fans, it's a delicious irony that South Africa is trying to be the voice of reason in the sport's latest political showdown. Until little over a decade ago, the country was cricket's pariah, barred from international competition for refusing to play against nonwhite teams. Now, as another African nation — Zimbabwe — faces isolation ahead of cricket's quadrennial World Cup, South Africa is calling for politics to be kept out of the sport. A new boycott, says Ali Bacher, captain of the South African team during the wilderness years, "would not just be a bad day for cricket, it...

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