The Pentagular Tournament was a five -way cricket tournament held in Bombay from 1912 to 1936. The teams represented various racial and religious groups. Gandhi was a fan of cricket, but opposed the tournament for two reasons. The tournaments were being used as an entertainment to take peoples minds off the more important issue of home rule. The teams were organized along racial and religious lines: White, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Parsi. Gandhi felt that this division was part of the British "divide and rule" policy and wanted all Indians united against the colonial power.