Day 77: Hanoi
As if on cue, a military observer appears, eyeing us suspiciously. He has a broad peasant face and his uniform hangs loosely from him. The Indian team, in matching caps and full whites, take to the pitch to be followed by the two English openers, one in shorts, the other in navy tracksuit bottoms.
After the first over the observer insists that we stop filming the game immediately as this is a sensitive military area. The players wax indignant and mobile phones are produced as they try to contact anyone with influence who might be able to help us. At one point the phone rings on the pitch. The fielder at short square leg fishes it out of his pocket, listens, then tosses it to our director. 'It's for you.'
The game is still going on when a military detachment appears on the track beside the pitch. Half of them are women with black pigtails trailing from beneath peaked hats. In the back row two soldiers march by holding hands.
None of this, or any of the surprise British victory over the Indian sub-continent, are we allowed to record.
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