The Mumbai siege is over. The purpose of the previous thread was to condemn terrorism & to offer condolences to those effected directly and indirectly. As expected the thread was turning into a political debate. So, lets put a lid on IT and lets discuss cricket. If anyone wants to continue discussing that issue, they can do so on the Politics Page.
Lalit Modi, the BCCI vice president, has said India could go Pakistan’s way in losing out on international series if terrorist attacks continue. In 2008 India has witnessed blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Guwahati (during Australia’s tour), and now Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
In order to avoid that both, India and Pakistan must play cricket as per the schedule. So far the blasts took place in India and Pakistan but, none of them were targeted towards cricket players or the teams, other than minor threats from some radical groups. Still they went on playing the game as usual. If they stop playing now, it will be a victory for the terrorists. So, lets defeat them on this ground and keep the spirit of cricket diplomacy alive.
Dhoni and Tendulkar both gave statements to the press a day before the Mumbai siege that Pakistan is not a safe place to go or play cricket. The situation has changed now, both are in the same boat now. There is no point in agreeing to play India Pakistan series in the UAE or at any neutral ground. There is so much money involved in cricket through the media and why should they dish it out to a third country?
The cricket fans in India and Pakistan and the authorities concerned will fight against any kinda terrorism that will create obstacles in promoting the game. In India and also in Pakistan cricket is like a religion for some and they follow it great enthusiasm. So, lets not feel threatened by these people and keep the cricket momentum in continuum.
I would ask our bloggers to come forward and express their views and demand from the authorities to keep the series alive and do not cancel or even postpone it for a future date. So, please express your feelings in promoting the game of cricket, for the sake of cricket, by the lovers of cricket.
The cricket diplomacy has brought peace between the two countries and for the first time in 2004, after many years the Indian team came to Pakistan and since then they are playing regularly. Therefore, they must play regularly without fearing the terror attacks, which so far has not hurt any cricket player of any team. If the Australians, the South Africans or the English team wants to stay away from India and Pakistan, they should do so. They are the ones who would be losing.
Its time now that they rethink about lifting the ban from ICL. Let there be more Lahore Badshahs and Delhi Maharajas. Both India and Pakistan have so much talent that they can produce a dozen cricket teams of very high standards. So, instead of wooing, brooding and lamenting that the foreign teams or foreign players are not going to visit India and Pakistan, consider it as an opportunity – a blessing in disguise to boost the local standards of cricket by playing together. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh won’t mind coming to India and Pakistan as they understand the situation better than others. So, once again lets raise a big slogan for the sake of cricket – CRICKET ZINDABAD.