Prize-winning writer Ewart Rouse is the author of the Sticky Wicket series of novels.
Cricket novels capture way of life for South Asian and West Indian communities, especially those that spend their weekends playing cricket.
Cricket is seen as not just a sport. Cricket is the exemplar of sport, transcending race, nationality, language, culture and religion.
The game of cricket sometimes creates a passion in men, which exceeds the passion some of these men have for their wives and families.
Cricket is more than a pastime. It defines the immigrant, and shields him from xenophobia and parochialism. Cricket, according to Watkins, takes on an undeniable existential value, creating a cultural mélange from which he and fellow immigrants draw sustenance. Cricket succeeds where regional politics in the Caribbean and South Asia has failed.