GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I don’t follow cricket and couldn’t explain more than the basics about bowling no-balls, but I’m feeling very sad for Pakistan and cricket-lovers everywhere today. One of them lives in my house, so perhaps I’m more aware of the story than the average non-fan. Three of the sport’s top players, including one of the most promising stars of his young generation, now face prison in Britain for gambling cheating, after a court case watched closely around the world.
You’ll find a lot of media writing out there about the sentencing, but the best reading is the original source: the judge’s sentencing remarks, published on line by the court. Read it, for the larger reflections it offers us on life and sports and honesty.