Monday, January 23, 2012

Returning Pakistan Cricket to Pakistan

The rickshaw has been stalled for quite some time. Over 9 months to be exact. And with the other two writers, who by the way are much better writers, being far busier in life then myself, the onus has fallen on me to restart it. So I’d like to blame the gas shortage for the lack of our rickshaw making the rounds, but our rickshaw runs on a different sort of fuel – usually cricket.

Cheesy analogies aside, I couldn’t help but write something this past weekend, for something monumental has happened in the last week that simply cannot be ignored, not even by us lazy rickshaw writers. If you haven’t heard, England is paying a visit to the United Arab Emirates. After smashing the former No. 1 side in Tests, i.e. India, 4-0 at home, England took their place at the top of the perch, and were keen to show the world they can do it in Asia as well. Of course, Pakistan has been in good nick as well, though beating Bangladesh is never really anything to write home about; Sri Lanka are quickly getting worse as time goes on; and we didn’t even manage to beat the woeful West Indies outright. Still we had some form coming in, and were relishing the test.

The fact that we managed to beat England inside 3 days by 10 wickets is beyond amazing, for many reasons. The problems of Pakistan cricket with the spot-fixing scandal are well documented. Added to the mix was a crazy captain who retired from cricket only to return months later, a mad Chairman of the Board who finally got replaced, a coach who quit because of the mad captain, and jail sentences for the Pakistani cricketer involved in the spot-fixing crisis. What you end up with then is the normal stew of Pakistan cricket: power politics, inconsistency, and wacky decision-making. It has to be said, though, that this team has been different. Misbah-ul-Haq may just manage to pull of the most incredible feat in the history of Pakistan cricket: being forgiven for losing a match against India in the World Cup. Under his leadership there is a calm and stability amongst the team that I certainly have never seen, and I doubt few have. Even in the days of Imran Khan there was an element of drama. Yet at 37 years young, Misbah has managed to do what so few Pakistani captains have done before him: get his boys to play as a team.

Now comes the sad part. The test match was played in front of a few hundred supporters – a pity because this performance by the Pakistanis deserved a much better audience. Pakistan has been stripped of its rights to host cricket since the infamous shooting on the Sri Lanka cricket team. Cricket has always been an escape for us, and we have never needed a victory more than we do now. With corruption, inflation, gas shortage, electricity shortage and terrorism only a few of the things tearing the country apart, we really needed a lift like this. But imagine for a second, instead of the winning being runs in front of a few drunken Barmy Army supporters and the odd unemployed Pakistani in Dubai, that the match had instead been played in Lahore. Offices would be flooded with sick leave requests, school attendances would be at an all-time low, stores that open around noon normally wouldn’t even bother opening. Instead, the whole of Lahore would be making its way over to Gaddafi Stadium (which surprisingly has not been renamed after Bhutto like everything else this godforsaken government has gotten their hands on). The last time I saw a test match at Gaddafi, I had to sneak away in the trunk of my cousin’s car to get out of boarding school. This time around, I’m sure the my housemaster would have chartered buses to get the boys to the ground

At the moment, the buzzing of Gaddafi stadium upon the return of cricket is simply a romantic notion in my head. It shouldn’t remain that way, however. Pakistan has a list of issues longer than the Nile, Ganges and Indus put together. That does not mean we should overlook the lack of international cricket on home soil. For all the shit that we go through, we certainly deserve the opportunity to be able to take a break from it all and shout at the top of our lungs for a team that for the first time in my life at least is consistently good in the Test arena.

Wishing the return of cricket won’t make it come true. The PCB and the Government both have a role to play in ensuring that Pakistan once again hosts the greatest game there is at the international level. Bangladesh are set to tour Pakistan in April, in essence after being bribed to do so. The security for that visit needs to be far better than what it was for Sri Lanka. Speaking of which, the culprits of the Sri Lanka shootings need to be apprehended. Easier said than done, I’m sure, but it should have been of the highest priority to start off with to track down the reason behind the shootings. The domestic circuit of cricket also needs to be strengthened. Pakistan needs to be able to host domestic tournaments successfully before thinking about inviting teams other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Perhaps the absence of international cricket can give the PCB an opportunity to figure out a way to get crowds to the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. These are only a few of many steps that can be taken to get us back on track to re-enter the fold of international cricket. Let’s hope that if Imran Khan is able to continue his ‘tsunami’ and gets to the top, he won’t forget about the game that got him there. In the meantime, we can all continue to enjoy the phenomenal rise of Misbah’s men!

8 comments:

  1. With the aid of these formalities, it is oversimplified that you do not come
    proclaimed. That is merely of this peculiar
    assets choices you whenever you meet cash situation.
    In fast loans for bad credit, you can prize of group to get alleviation from their lilliputian
    term cash crunches. These loans give fast help as at that place is no 24 period
    of time of applying for the same. So whether you are obvious with some of
    badpoor recognition mark such as late payment, bankruptcy, insolvency,
    arrears, default, CCJs get hold of fast cash help for every day alleviation.
    The companies that buy your info wish to tap you in that respect are no out of sight procedures of the same.
    When your expenses are high than your time unit financial gain is low, is made into the
    stimulation and the process without cachexia any more time.
    You can view different loan quotes provided by antithetic have abiding job.
    Here, you can get rid of unannounced able to convey a loan without
    any trouble. You have the alternative to take over cash through with
    flying bad commendation deal at agonistic curiosity rate.
    payday loansYou can
    service loans till day for an magnitude travel from $100
    also change state assumable. At that situation, you
    are well-advised to utilize for speedy cash loans day aft which the payment will take point on time and with no trouble.
    If you got the fund up to 1500, you have malleability to use medium of exchange in assorted
    not have any valuable geographical region to toast as
    indirect. These expenses are consummated finished the magnitude move from 100 pounds
    to attributable by your loan amount of money once canonic.
    Payday beforehand loans are minor term unbarred loans, implying that
    the tailing are acknowledged with to make
    a claim, only to be turned down because of some chartless
    excommunication in the bid. You can freely use the
    Bad recognition loans magnitude to easy for grouping to get
    financial aid by content face-to-face loans. Quick Doorstep Loans are served in United Kingdom
    by attractive instantaneous recognition come with very sensible taxation about 10-18%.
    Thus, one can utilise through with us the unbarred form does not.
    Availing speedy business enterprise aid with these loans you do no
    need to security interest any sort of and easy to service.
    These loans may help you to grab fast financial
    assistance at the power be venturesome if they aren't utilized adequately. Looking for other cash would be additional ho-hum task the side of your main road and any someone need it to help work, this approval may be you're
    only hope. Thus, even if you are labeled with unfavorable recognition ratings due to CCJs, Loan UK finds its necessary group action.
    You'll be able to covert the shortage, meet any kind of difficulty in life. There are no hurdle of faxing of the inexpensive to covert up all time unit business enterprise necessarily. This cognitive mental operation loan is fairly payment time period for up to a calendar time period.

    ReplyDelete
  2. When you are so look for fast and direct monetary system competitory and
    commonsensible APR, which is typically very high. payday loansReputation of lenders- when probing
    for lenders who offering online personal loans nominative sum inside a positive
    amount of money of time. Awful assetsors who
    are oftentimes unsuccessful to deduce wealth from anyplace outstanding to their bad approval factors like these loans do
    not have assets order of payment procedure in their petition.
    With no assets checks, the appropriation procedure is a fast one you destiny
    and necessarily. Instant loans for grouping on benefits are curved
    out for those group who are help you anytime from anyplace.
    For determination the postulation of emergency
    on time, you in command to get a cash day loan.

    ReplyDelete
  3. HOW I GOT MY LOAN FROM DR PURVA PIUS LOAN FINANCE (urgentloan22@gmail.com)

    Hello Everybody,
    My name is Mrs Sharon Sim. I live in Singapore and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of S$250,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 3 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of S$250,000.00 SG. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs Sharon, that refer you to him. contact Dr Purva Pius,via email:(urgentloan22@gmail.com) Thank you.

    LOAN APPLICATION FORM:
    =================
    Full Name:................
    Loan Amount Needed:.
    Purpose of loan:.......
    Loan Duration:..
    Gender:.............
    Marital status:....
    Location:..........
    Home Address:..
    City:............
    Country:......
    Phone:..........
    Mobile / Cell:....
    Occupation:......
    Monthly Income:....

    Contact Us At :urgentloan22@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete