In 2007, the militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) declared a ceasefire with the government of Sri Lanka for the duration of the Cricket World Cup. Civil wars give way to cricket matches in this part of the world. Countries forget that they have thousands to feed, refugees to settle, and floods to mop up. Families settle down on couches and villagers crowd around one TV to cheer, as legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Gayle take the field. Cricket is more than a sport in South Asia. It is a part of their collective identity.