Cricinfo has this little tidbit about the Pakistani World Cup captaincy imbroglio:
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has said the delay in naming the captain of the World Cup squad has led to the creation of factions within the national side.
That’s funny. I’m of the faction that believes that if a Pakistani national cricket team exists, captain or not captain, it will have factions. Q.E.D., really. There’s a certain irony in Inzamam’s comments — when selectors have chosen a captain (Akram, Waqar, Yousuf, Younis, Malik), players have continued to fight. This time, they decide not to pick a leader…and, voila! Factions.
This brings to mind Poli Sci 101 in college, specifically Federalist Paper No. 10 by James Madison. Main argument: factions always exist, because of the nature of man. You can’t root them out without rooting out liberty, so deal with their effects by “extending the sphere.” That is, if a faction takes hold in a hamlet, it doesn’t matter because it won’t spill into the county, or the state, or the republic at large.
Of course, Madison also says small democracies are particularly prone to the evils of factionalism. And there aren’t many towns smaller than the 11 members of a cricket squad…