This is interesting:
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider seeking asylum in Britain after fleeing Dubai
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider plans to seek political asylum in Britain after fleeing the team amid alleged threats for defying a match-fixing conspiracy.
I\’m not entirely sure that the political asylum rules are quite flexible enough to protect someone who defied the bookies\’ thugs. But perhaps they ought to be?
\”I understand there is rule in Britain that if you are on right and if you are not a criminal, then they always protect you,\” Haider said.
I\’m not sure (sadly) that we\’re quite that Palmerstonian any more but perhaps we ought to be.
The alleged threats came after he scored the winning run in the fourth one-day international against South Africa on Friday to clinch a one-wicket victory for Pakistan, thereby foiling an alleged plan to allow South Africa to win the game.
\”The country is like a mother and any one who sells it cannot get anything in life,\” Haider said. \”I did not want to sell my mother, I did not want to sell my country and I did what I thought was better.\”
There\’s no evidence that Grantland Rice was talking exclusively about a Christian note taker here:
For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.
And while he wasn\’t talking about cricket at all, that is the game to which we English always attribute the point. He wasn\’t even talking about the English or even the British, although again we\’ve rather adopted it as one of those definitional statements about how we like to see ourselves (rather than the scheming and at times incredibly vicious thugs we\’ve actually been).
Me? I\’d say he\’s just done what, in that fantasy land where the \”national character\” is defined, we say is definitionally British. It\’s therefore not so much do we let him in, do we protect him, but how could we not?