Mohammed Ansar defied his Asian friends during a recent cricket match, and joined the England fans in a match against Pakistan at Edgbaston.
The situation was felt to be so unusual that the Asian Today newspaper ran a big story on Mohammed Ansar. The British born cricket fan simply stated that England is him home, so ‘why wouldn’t I support the team’. Interestingly, during the recent South African World Cup many more Asian, Caribbean, and African people were seen sporting England shirts or flags, often coupled with African flags too.
So what is going on? Have we capitulated to Norman Tebbit’s infamous ‘cricket test’, or is it a sign that we are more comfortable with ourselves as modern Black Britons, able to gravitate between our multiple identities?
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