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Cricket diplomacy back in action


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“Cricket legend Kapil Dev remembers what it was like playing for his country against India’s bitter rivals, Pakistan, when he made his international debut in 1978: a bowler was expected to aim at the batsman’s body,” says a report.

“When I played my first series against Pakistan, it did look like a war,” India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain said during a recent TV panel discussion. “In our time, we were expected more to harm the Pakistani players than win a match.”

“My boys even stopped speaking to each other, such was the pressure,” former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis said. “People dub it a war. Well, it’s certainly not a war. At the same time, it’s not just sports either. It is somewhere in between.”

In order to cope with the challenges, the team is accompanied by a psychologist on the tour.

The same report states, “Some 3,000 Pakistani cricket fans will travel to India, benefiting from a more relaxed visa regime that was agreed on earlier this month as part of a series of confidence-building measures. The teams will play five matches across different Indian cities, starting on Dec 25.” Will such ‘CBMs’ coming from both nations in the near future facilitate resumption of ties, especially when it comes to tourism as well as exchange of cultures?

Focussing more on the game itself, another report says, “This trip probably could have a significant bearing on the future of senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who when on song is arguably the most feared Pakistani cricketer by Indian players. The recent warm-up matches indicated that the flamboyant all-rounder has rediscovered his batting touch that had deserted him for the major part of this year. And if Afridi gets going, Pakistan will win more than half of the battle in India.”

Will Pakistan’s both most cherished and revered player live up to expectations of thrilling and performance oriented cricket?

Also in the news, was Sachin Tendulkar's ‘off guard’ announcement to retire from One-day Internationals. Would his now missing outclassed contribution to the series affect the outcomes of some of the matches? Although the Pakistani players expressed their eagerness to play him, will it physiologically make them a stronger side?

Lastly, would the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf’s advice to the players, “Give your best on the field but make sure you are the ambassadors of the country you are representing,” on the eve of their departure, be the key to success both on and off field?

Comments (13) Closed

Asad Mughal Dec 30, 2012 10:31pm
Hello there, I hope everything is going well on PCB side except we dont understand why Misbah-ul-Haq is representing pakistani team as a Captain. According to his previous performance he dont even deserve to stay in pakistani team. As a pakistani i dont think pakistani team need a burdern like Umar Gul,Misbah,Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal. I hope we see some better changes in future instead of helping the players to stay in a team without giving the performance. Have a great day. Hope to receive the Answer from you all. Thank you.
Sheetal Dec 24, 2012 09:27pm
I am sorry, my heart is not in this series. I only hope nothing untoward happens during the matches.
vijay singh ivory coast Dec 25, 2012 04:13am
let us all welcome the restart of cricket between two nations where time stops during the match .wish both the teams to have a nice time on the ground
Shri Dec 26, 2012 05:53pm
"Further these matches must not be influenced by any agent or any official" what do you mean by this Mr Abdul ? Can you stop destroying the integrity of this game without any basis ? This clearly implies that if the result is in your favour so you will go back to conspiracy theories. It is a shame. If you do not have faith in your players or their integrity or officials, please stop watching and spare this game.
Saad(DXB) Dec 26, 2012 03:27pm
Sorry bro.. Your own countrymen are giving thumbsdown to your comment
Mohdudul Huq Dec 26, 2012 01:21am
Way to Go Pakistan. Ameen
Muhammad Dec 27, 2012 12:27pm
Its disgusting to call cricket with diplomacy.please remain cricket as game.And do not cheat with viewers who gather to watch cricket.
Indian Dec 26, 2012 07:25am
This is not a willing diplomacy - this is forced diplomacy. Results from both are very different.
Abdul Qayoom Dec 26, 2012 09:29am
Indo Pak resupmtion of Cricket game is a good move towards better bilateral ties. Further these matches must not be influenced by any agent or any official, Each player should show his character and match wining performance this makes the public happy, let us hope such events will not ever suspend in future times as past has ever been affected by political parties and so many other elements.
muzammil ullah khan Dec 26, 2012 07:11pm
There is no such thing as cricket or hockey diplomacy . Right now the diplomacy is all going in favor of India who haven't budged an inch from their basic stands while pakistan has been giving in consistently . Let's stop being overly optimistic till the Indian mindset changes . This Aman Ki Aasha thing is a fraud to gain mileage for financial benefit .
porkchop Dec 27, 2012 02:09am
Sorry, majority of Indians don' t wanted this to happen, Mumbai attack will be never forgotten, great injuistice is done to the people who got killed. Shame on greedy BCCI and spineless congress govt. pakistan is not welcomed in India that is the view of majority
Abdul Qayoom Dec 27, 2012 09:31am
Bro, I mean to say that political parties or any agent should not have right about the resumption of game whether it take place or not ? It is sole right of cricket boards, specially ICC.
Karachi Wala Dec 27, 2012 05:36pm
I understand your sentiments but, who were the thousands of spectators watching 1st T20?