Cricketers’ Lives Were Ruined When They Played South Africa
In 1983, I was too young to really follow what was happening, but I do remember a friend’s uncle saying that “our” rebel team was like Jessie Owens running at the Nazi Olympics. The uncle was proud of them, but I was confused because there was a lot of hostility.
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan lays out the whole sad story…
Twenty-four years ago 18 West Indians made history when they ventured into apartheid South Africa to play a series that went down in legend. For most of them it was their undoing. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan revisits the rebel tour of 1983 and meets the men who suffered for it.
June 30, 2006. The first day of the final Test between India and West Indies at Sabina Park. Shortly after the tea interval ‘Danny Germs’ makes his appearance in the George Headley Stand. He gesticulates wildly, craving attention. It does not take too long for the cops to banish him to a quiet corner.
Talk to him and you would be convinced that the whole world has conspired to finish him off. He vividly describes the murder of his son, talking you through the whole plot, miming the bullet ripping through his temple. Three people nearby overhear and are quick to caution that none of it is true.
When Jerome Taylor, a fellow Jamaican, gets a standing ovation for his five-wicket haul, Danny cannot control himself. “I could have done that,” he sobs. He begs for money at the end of the conversation and hugs you when he sees the 500-Jamaican-dollar note. He blushes when asked what he will do with the money. “A bit of booze, a bit of crack.”
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