Sporting Life: As India suffers, cricket must play a compassionate role

The IPL is stirring debate for it is seen as a necessary diversion by many and an affront by some.
The IPL is stirring debate for it is seen as a necessary diversion by many and an affront by some.PHOTO: AFP

In the grim evenings of India, cricket still comes on at 7.30pm. My town is quietened by a curfew, but the Indian Premier League (IPL) is at play. Outside the stadium a nation weeps, inside players rejoice as a wicket falls. Crisis meet carnival.

Old questions - which may be asked again if Covid numbers rise and the Olympics edge closer - have reasserted themselves.

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