So came a yorker so fiercely like a tracer bullet that made a deep impact on the stumps. And the scoreboard read “India – Out Bowled Pakistan”.
So out of the blue, BCCI has allowed a bi-lateral series against Pakistan. Bravo! This was just needed where we as a country stand for Brotherhood in spite of being shown Bandooks times immemorial. For God’s sake it is we who are angry and need to be pacified, not them. A complete straight walk has been given to PCB by BCCI in spite of Pakistan’s rejected accountability for the heinous acts, claims of innocence and where their own court rejects its own 26/11 panel report. I doubt if there is any back door deal striking place; you nab the culprits, punish them and in return we will play cricket with you. BCCI is playing cricket at the expense of country’s sentiments.
Cricket is a gentleman’s game and thus we also need gentleman’s in its administration. But sadly all we have is politicians, businessman but rarely a gentleman. This is the 21st century cricket where Politics and Cricket are joined by hips and cannot be separated especially when it comes to India and Pakistan. The question that needs an immediate answer is: Since there was no cricket being played in the aftermath of Mumbai attack then what was the need to start playing again since neither the perpetrators of the attack have been punished nor found guilty by Pakistan. One may say that sport should be kept away from politics but on the other hand we use it to ease the tension and act as everything is normal.
Why is it that we are all charged up watching the Indo-Pak cricket match? It is that anguish, distress, state of abhorring that it brings along. Be it on the cricket field and on both the sides of LOC. It boils down to” izzat ka sawal”. But this emotions cannot bring the perpetrators to book. Neither can they stop the act of terror affecting other neighbours. It is sad to see that instead of going all out to wipe out terrorism both the nations either start or stop playing cricket and use cricket as a bait to pacify one another. Strange but true. I must say our government shows high level of optimism with regard to cricket being used as balm to ease tension.
Now since we are hosting Paksitan all I hope is that cricket goes on between the nations irrespective of the tension as it is simply a sport and not a political event garnering eyeballs.