Getting used to the All Stars game and Playing for Honour
When the All Stars games were first organised back in the 1920s (I think) there was an overflow of sceptcism and doubt. How could Yankees play alongside Red Sox - it was scandalous!
But those doubts were dissolved reasonably quickly and the events so quickly became part of the fabric of sport in America that even the doubters themselves couldn't believe they had ever cast aspersions on the wisdom of it. But for a couple of years people watched with mild bewilderment and confusion, wondering whether it was 'real'.
Exactly the same is now happening with cricket's Super Series.
Neil Manthorp believes that there is still every chance that the Super Series can turn into an All Stars contest worthy of the name. I believe so too. In the same article, he goes onto add..
The sight of Vettori and Murali bowling so beautifully together, of Kevin Pietersen and Pollock chatting like old mates, of Virender Sehwag applauding Shoaib Akhtar and of Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara consoling Andrew Flintoff was fascinating viewing. In fact, it was compelling and compulsive viewing.
In a different article, Mike Haysman says that he is a big wrap for this concept but would lose interest in it if the World XI doesn't get its act right in the next game. He goes to the extent of saying,
"It is an enormous honour to play for the World XI. It is dishonorable not to live up to expectations."