Terrorism and the World of Cricket

Davies, Chris (2009) Terrorism and the World of Cricket. In: Proceedings from Law and Literature Association of Australia and Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Joint Conference 2009. From: Law and Literature Association of Australia and Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Joint Conference 2009, 2 - 5 December 2009, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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There is little doubt that 9/11 changed the world’s attitude towards the threat of terrorism. Australia, like all western countries, brought in new and extensive legislation to combat the increased threat posed by terrorism. While the Anti-Terrorism Act 2004 (Cth) may have been successful in preventing any major terrorist incident in this country, events overseas have clearly indicated that domestic legislation will never be successful in preventing Australians from the threat of overseas terrorism. The Bali and Jarkarta bombings are both examples where Australians have been the victims of an indiscriminate attack, but those involved in the cricket test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore earlier this year were involved a more direct attack. The fact another team from the sub-continent was targeted rather than England, South Africa or Australia, added to the shock felt by the cricketing world. While the Australian team was not involved in the match, Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis were, both being lucky to escape with their lives. The long term financial repercussions for cricket may be substantial. It is unlikely any team will be willing to tour Pakistan for the best part of a decade, forcing Pakistan to play their home matches at neutral grounds in places like Dubai and England. This will not have a major bearing on cricket’s finances. However, if the problem escalates in the region to a point where teams are no longer willing to tour neighbouring India, a country which provides cricket with 70 per cent of its revenue, then the world of cricket will be in serious financial trouble.

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