The Corridor of Uncertainty

How Cricket Mended a Torn Nation

Non-Fiction - Sports
272 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2018
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Corridor of Uncertainty by Nihar Suthar begins with a recap of the many enjoyable parts of the game of cricket, following a brief overview of the Afghan political situation since the 1970s. After discussing the power struggles within the country, as well as the presence of the Soviet forces, the rise of the Taliban and the departure of the Soviets are mentioned. There is a proliferation of relief camps, and in one such camp when the topic of interest turns to the recent victory of a friendly country, Pakistan, in the cricket World Cup, the idea of forming an Afghan cricket team is originated by a few daring young friends. They manage to organize a team and find time to practice. The travails of achieving all this, while adhering to the extremely restricted life style imposed by the Taliban, reverberates in every page of this book.

The Corridor of Uncertainty by Nihar Suthar is a chronicle of the determination and hard work of a few ardent followers of the game of cricket. How the involvement and sincerity shown by these young people resulted in the most extreme adherents of the repressive policies changing their stand and becoming more and more accommodating makes interesting reading. The unfortunate events of 9/11, the severe impact it had in Afghanistan and on Afghan cricket, and the dismay it caused for these young enthusiasts come alive in these pages. A good read and aptly titled to reflect the prevailing insecurity, this is a first hand description of the healing effect of sports and games.