Lakshman Kadirgamar: His life, an engaging Decathlon
Aug 11, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Lakshman Kadirgamar once asked rhetorically, whether politics and cricket have anything in common. Both are games, he mused: Politicians and cricketers are superficially similar, and yet very different.
Both groups are wooed by the cruel public who embrace them today and reject them tomorrow. Cricketers work hard; politicians only pretend to do so. Cricketers are disciplined; discipline is a word unknown to most politicians in any language.
Cricketers risk their own limbs in the heat of honourable play, politicians encourage others to risk their limbs in fruitless causes while they remain secure in the safety of their pavilions.
Cricketers deserve rewards they get; the people get the politicians they deserve. Crickets retire young; politicians go on forever. Cricketers unite the country; politicians divide. Cricketers accept the umpire’s verdict even if they disagree with it; politicians who disagree with an umpire usually get him transferred.