A lecture by Peter Oborne, recently Chief Political Correspondent, Daily Telegraph.
Drawing on material from his latest book, Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan, Peter Oborne will argue how cricket is one of the significant unifying forces in Pakistan. He will also discuss how it is entwined into narratives of partition, statehood and nationalism, relations with India, sectarian violence, corruption and exploitation by political and military elites.
Ever since the terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lanka cricket team in March 2009, Pakistan have played all their international cricket in exile. Peter will consider how this is indicative of a sport that has fallen prey to problems which have threatened Pakistan’s social and political fabric and foreign relations in recent years, especially following developments post 9/11.
Peter Oborne was recently the Chief Political Commentator of the Daily Telegraph. He has written a number of books identifying the power structures that lurk behind political discourse, including The Triumph of the Political Class. He is a regular on BBC programmes Any Questions and Question Time and often presents Week in Westminster. He was voted Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2013.
Peter will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan (Simon & Schuster: July 2014), which will be on sale at a special price of £20.
An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.
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