The upcoming tour of the Indian cricket team to Pakistan is a national obsession. The Guardian has a good article about why this is more than just a game, and the dangers involved: War minus the shooting - India's first cricket tour of Pakistan in 15 years brings political opportunity and danger in equal measure.
In 1997-98, Pakistan and India played a match here in Chennai. The Pakistani team won, and the Chennai crowd gave them a standing ovation. The Pakistanis took a victory lap around the stadium, and the applause never stopped. I felt so proud of my adopted city -- I don't think such a civilised thing could have happened anywhere else in these two countries.