Fate and flaw conspired to keep egalitarian football at the margins in India. Cricket—race-erected, race-directed—flourished under post-colonial patronage.
Qandeel Baloch’s feisty life and deplorable death are dealt with in detail, but not in its unknown depths. Instead, Maher takes in the changing Pakistani scene in all its colours.
Track II is a behind-the-scenes bridge to efforts at resolution. Dulat and Durrani’s informative ‘intel dialogue’ falls short of the candour that might make a difference.