THE MISERY MUST END….NOW!

 

Danish Kaneria is facing the heat after consistent ineffective performances

Danish Kaneria is facing the heat after consistent ineffective performances

Pakistan again ended up conceding over 600 runs to Sri Lanka in the 1st innings. Everyone was in unison over this wicket being a supportive one for both pacers and spinners but barring Umar Gul, there was no one else who left a mark. This article aims to cover just what is lacking in the current side which is resulting in such lacklustre team performances. Pakistan scored more than Sri Lanka in the Karachi Test; however that was largely due to the efforts of a flawless triple century by Younis and a huge century by Akmal. Akmal’s century however was nothing spectacular as it was achieved against a tired, directionless Sri Lankan attack consisting mainly of part timers such as Dilshan.

Danish Kaneria has been a huge disappointment for Pakistan ever since Akmal started dropping catches off his bowling. Akmal drops approximately 1-2 catches off Kaneria per Test and it seems this has done incalculable damage to Kaneria’s confidence. Surely this has to be the reason, because Kaneria started with a bang in international cricket and comparisons were drawn immediately with Shane Warne. Kaneria had virtually everything in his repertoire a successful spinner needs- flight, variation, bounce, turn capacity etc, yet Kaneria has completely failed to apply any of those elements successfully to his bowling of late.His biggest problem has been that he is constantly overpitching and all 6 balls of his overs are pitched at different lines and lengths. This is usually a simple problem to remedy, but Kaneria seems to be clueless. The most important aspect of a spinner in Test cricket is control, and if control is absent, the spinner is treated like a club level bowler which is exactly what is happening with Kaneria at the moment. PCB needs to consider whether Afridi’s dynamism and all round capabilities can provide what Pakistan is looking for. Although not a specialist legspinner in the Test mould, Afridi has experience and variety and he certainly can do a better job than Kaneria in the circumstances. Pakistan can also benefit from his spirited fielding, good motivational skills and aggressive batting.

 

Akmal must be the luckiest man on Earth

Akmal must be the luckiest man on Earth

Akmal dropped Samaraweera off Kaneria on the 1st day when the batsman was on 68 and he went on to score 214. This is not the first time this has happened and it certainly won’t be the last. Akmal has dropped South Africans, Indians, Australians; in fact, batsmen from all teams in his under-achieving career, yet his place in the team seems to be set in stone on the pretext of some good batting performances.

What is the role of the wicketkeeper? It is to hold on to catches, concentrate, and motivate all the fielders. However, Akmal does the opposite of that. Since 3 years Akmal has been dropping catches in every Test and ODI series, yet he has not been replaced. Dropping 1 or 2 catches every few matches is acceptable, but Akmal drops them at an unbelievable rate and his carelessness has resulted in Mohammad Sami’s and Kaneria’s confidence shattering almost completely. Akmal’s latest victim is Shahid Afridi, who also happens to have a professional rivalry with Akmal’s best friend in the team, Shoaib Malik.

Enough is enough and PCB and Younis Khan need to consider whether they want a keeper who can hold onto his catches, or they want a batsman who occasionally dominates docile bowling attacks on flat pitches? I am no Don Bradman, but Akmal’s batting technique is laughable on bowling pitches. His record against good teams speaks for itself. He is not a good batsman and he is a worse keeper. Period. Players like Sarfraz Ahmed and Ali Asad who can keep better than Akmal have been hitting 100’s and 50’s at domestic level consistently and how are the selectors rewarding them?

 

Clueless coach who is living in past glories

Clueless coach who is living in past glories

Intikhab Alam is a miserable coach. He is more like a media manager- everyday he gives a few interviews to the media that contain useless, vapid rhetoric. Inti’s main problem is that being an old timer he is still living in the past and he believes another Imran Khan, Miandad or Wasim Akram will suddenly emerge and rescue the team. He needs to realise that cricket has changed and this is the age of glamour, money and global fame. Nowadays, apart from raw talent, what is needed is professionalism, discipline and relentless commitment. That should be the primary concern of Inti Alam. India has adapted to changing times very well and we are witnessing that in players like Dhoni, Raina and Gambhir. Pakistan does not have any deficiency of talent, but that talent needs to be nurtured at the highest level.
Barring Youniss triple century, hardly anything positive has stemmed in this series for Pakistan. There are plenty of challenges that await Younis.

Barring Younis's triple century, hardly anything positive has stemmed in this series for Pakistan. There are plenty of challenges that await Younis.

Finally, Younis Khan needs to fire with all guns blazing. It is perhaps too early to set off the cannons of criticism, but Younis needs to stop covering himself by making defensive statements to the media, such as saying he believes Pakistan will not be able to win this series because of lack of match practice. That might be very true, but psychologically he must prepare his men to win each and every game. Pakistan cricket is at its lowest point for decades and the desperate situation requires a captain who is completely aggressive in every way, whether that is in his selection of players, field placing, body language or statements to the media. Younis said he wants to lead from the front like Imran Khan, and if he wants to do that he must garner more courage and aggression.
In conclusion, Pakistan needs to get rid of players like Kaneria and Akmal, who are agonising the team with their lack of commitment and half-hearted efforts. The strategies employed in this Test series are not good enough. In pace bowling, the PCB needs to keep rotating talented youngsters who have shown the pace and control to succeed at the highest level. Surely, someone will emerge who can emulate the heroics Wasim and Waqar so frequently performed for Pakistan? The PCB needs to remember the greats of the past and make tough decisions in the present, so that Pakistan’s future features continuous victories against all kinds of teams. But the first step is to get rid of this parasite in the team, namely the twosome of Kaneria and Akmal.The misery must end…….NOW!
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  1. #1 by khansahab on March 2, 2009 - 11:35 PM

    Abdul

    If you’re 52, then please don’t pretend to be like a 10 year old? Stop disgracing yourself further and let the real Abdul come out.

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 4:32 AM

    BREAKING NEWS

    FIRING IN LAHORE, 5 POLICEMEN KILLED SRI LANKAN CRICKET PLAYERS INJURED.

    Marray Nawaz Sharif – Marray Shahbaz Sharif KUTTAY.

    They have done it…….. as expected they have done it.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 4:39 AM

    Although Cricinfo says the Sri Lankan Players are safe, but according to ARY TV five policemen were killed and 6 Sri Lankan players injured in the shoot out. More info to come.

    What a shame, what a disgrace, this is the BLACK DAY in the history of cricket. All this has happened because of these HARAMI BADMASH POWER HUNGRY KUTTAY, SO CALLED SHARIF BROTHERS.

  4. #4 by 420 on March 3, 2009 - 4:44 AM

    aww, just confirming the rumors. watched on ndtv. hope none is seriously injured.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 4:51 AM

    The news is all over the world. Ravi Shastri was talking about the attack, they also showed Priety Zinta very sad, upset (she is watching the India / NZ ODI in Napier) because some of the Sri Lankan players are in the IPL and she owns the Punjab Team and Sangakara etc., plays for Punjab.

    I knew that Nawaz Shairf and Shahbaz Sharif will do something to get attention and they did, the last line of the previous thread confirms…….. that if something terrible happens then GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on March 3, 2009 - 4:53 AM

    Breaking News: Lahore: Attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, 5 security men killed

    http://www.geo.tv/3-3-2009/36375.htm

    http://content-gulf.cricinfo.com/pakvsl/content/current/story/393212.html

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 4:56 AM

    Lahore: Attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, 5 security men killed
    THE NEWS…….

    LAHORE: Five security men have been killed and two injured when unknown persons attacked Sri Lankan cricket team here on Tuesday.

    According to sources, unknown attackers riding on motorbikes opened fire on Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi Stadium.

    Intense trade of fire occurred between police and unknown attackers after the attack. Five security men have been killed and two injured who were shifted to hospital. Police have cordoned off the area. ….

    Five Sri Lankan players have been injured in a terrorist attack near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana are those being treated in hospital for minor injuries.

    The Sri Lankans were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium when their bus was attacked by five armed terrorists near Liberty market. The gunmen shot at the wheels of the team bus and also injured the driver. A top security official said that five policemen were killed in the shoot out. The incident puts the ongoing second Test in doubt. ….. More info to follow

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 5:09 AM

    The tour will be called-off and cricket is doomed in Pakistan for at least a decade. What a shame.

    khansahab

    The misery has ended..… The so-called Sharif Brothers have finally ended the cricket misery in Pakistan. They are the ones who created this unrest and their hooligans were out there burning and damaging the public and private property. It would have been more sane to call off the match in Lahore. Because more was expected from these two Harami Brothers who are still planning on a long march with their Men in Black the Liars of Judiciary.

  9. #9 by Mohammed Munir on March 3, 2009 - 5:18 AM

    Just as Javed Khan has predicted.

    Lahore test called off after attack on Lankan team:(Reuters)

    3 March 2009

    COLOMBO – The Lahore second test between Sri Lanka and hosts Pakistan has been called off after a gun attack on the touring team bus injuring players, a Sri Lankan cricket board official told Reuters.

    “We are trying to bring the team back as quickly as possible. The test match has been cancelled,” the official said on Tuesday.

  10. #10 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 3, 2009 - 7:00 AM

    The title of the thread and comment no 8. “The misery has ended” has put into apt perspective the present scenario in Pakistan cricket in fact comment no 8 actually stole the words right out my mouth just before I could comment, was following the closing stages of Napier, but what a shame really just when we hoped against hope that Pakistan cricket has hit rock bottom and noting could be worse than this and the only way is up, the lowest worms on earth (Politicians) found a way to hit new low and we can trust them on that if not anything else

  11. #11 by Salman Khan on March 3, 2009 - 8:17 AM

    Absolutely horrible. Don’t have words to describe the way I feel

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 10:43 AM

    Dominic Cork has said that he will never be visiting Pakistan again and he hopes no international team visits Pakistan for 10 or 20 years.

    I don’t care if Al Qaeda has done this, but the fact is, it was due to happen after the unrest and chaos perpetrated by PML N.

    Cricket runs in the blood of Pakistanis and now Pakistanis must abandon all support for PML N.

  13. #13 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 11:12 AM

    PCB administration should be sacked for not providing enough security. The PCB, Imran Khan and even LS bloggers vehemently argued that cricketers are not under any threat inside Pakistan. However we have all been proven wrong.

    I’ve just seen the news and about 20 Pakistanis from across the country were interviewed about who they think has perpetrated these attacks and almost all of them were unanimous in saying that this is the hand of foreign elements who want to destablise Pakistan.

    For the first time I have started wondering if this is the main problem with Pakistanis, that we do not consider ourselves even partially responsible? It is the duty of every Pakistani to look out for any suspicious criminal activity and report it to the relevant authorities.

    Terror nurtures in a lawless, chaotic society and the events in Lahore have made it too easy for any rogue terrorist to do anything as he pleases.

    A terror attack was more likely to happen in Karachi because it is more lawless than Lahore, yet it happened in Lahore. Pakistanis must start thinking why this happened?

  14. #14 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 11:13 AM

    Its Lashkar-E-Toiba – governor of central Punjab province rules out indian involvment

    The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore, bears all the hallmarks of the terrorists behind the Mumbai offensive, the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    Twelve men carrying machine guns leapt out of rickshaws, carrying rocket launchers and wearing backpacks. They proceeded to spray bullets into the cricketing convoy which was en route to the city’s Gadaffi stadium.
    It was an audacious commando-style attack and, like the tragedy in Mumbai, planned to cause bloody mayhem and grab headlines. Not since the Munich Olympics have sportspeople been specifically targeted.

    “I want to say it’s the same pattern, the same terrorists who attacked Mumbai,” Salman Taseer, the governor of central Punjab province, told reporters at the site of the attack, ruling out Indian involvement.

    “They are trained criminals. They were not common people. The kind of weaponry they had, the kind of arms they had, the way they attacked … they were not common citizens, they were obviously trained.”

    There does not appear to be any immediate connection with Sri Lanka’s war with the seperatist Tamil Tigers in the island’s north-east.

    Sri Lanka had been the only international cricket team willing to tour Pakistan in the face of ongoing security concerns. The two countries have been brought closer through arms sales; Colombo turned to Pakistan for $80m (£57m) of small arms to use in its war against the Tamil Tigers after India refused to sell it weapons.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba is a hardline Islamist organisation which began life in 1986 as a jihadi group aimed at bombing the Soviets out of Afghanistan.

    Its success brought the group into the orbit of Pakistan’s army, which armed and sheltered the outfit. These “freedom fighters” were redirected to target the Indian army in the disputed border region of Kashmir.

    In the Himalayan region, Lashkar developed its trademark “fidayeen” suicide squads – small groups of heavily armed men who are prepared to die in attacks. Today’s onslaught appeared to be carried out by such a group of men.

    Western intelligence agencies have warned that Lashkar has global ambitions. The US became alarmed when a Lashkar leader turned up in Baghdad in 2004. After the Mumbai attack, the computer belonging to Lashkar’s communications chief revealed a document that listed more than 320 cities on a worldwide terror strike list.

    Earlier this month, the outgoing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, Michael Hayden, said Lashkar was among the top 10 security challenges in 2009. He told Fox News of a “troubling development” – the morphing of different Islamist groups into one.

    “(A) migration of Lashkar-e-Taiba to a merge point (with al-Qaida) is probably taking place,” he said.

    Although Pakistan’s government has cracked down on Lashkar and arrested some of its leaders, the group continues to run hospitals, schools, seminaries, newspapers and charity organisations throughout Pakistan.

    A United Nations ban on Jamat-ud-Dawa, a charity front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, has done little to stop the group operating. Another Lashkar outfit is still run by former Pakistani army soldiers.

    The pressure appears to have simply emboldened the group. Analysts point out that Jamat’s weekly publication Ghazva had in December reportedly called the Mumbai attack, which claimed 170 lives, a “historic” victory for Muslims.

    There are worrying signs that the scale of Lashkar’s operation has been deliberately obscured – and its resources are shockingly large for a “non-state actor”. Amir Raza, a Pakistani scholar, estimates that more than 100,000 men from Punjab have trained at some point at terrorist training camps run by Lashkar.

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 11:15 AM

    Gabol hints at Indian hands in Lahore attack

    ISLAMABAD: Minister of state for shipping Nabil Ahmed Gabol said India is behind the attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore on Tuesday, saying the attackers had crossed into Pakistan from India.

    “The evidence which we have got shows that these terrorists entered from across the border from India,” Gabol told Geo News.

    “This was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan internationally.”

    “This incident took place in reaction to 26/11,” he said. It is a declaration of open war on Pakistan by India,” said the minister.

  16. #16 by Taimur Khan on March 3, 2009 - 11:20 AM

    I am scared and upset over this terrorist incident. please do not blame Mian nawaz and shahbaz because this is the work of trained indian terrorist.

    India has sent its gunmen from across the border to destablize cricket in Pakistan. I am sure over the days we will see evidence linking these attacks to india. they wanted to get revenge from pakistan for 26/11 even though it has been proven that pakistani state was not involved.

    think of it as no less than an attack of war from india and Pakistan must react proportionately. I dont know why the pig Salman Tasir was so quick to say its Lashkar e Toiba?

    Shame on you India for encouraging terror in the region. Look at the innocence and good intentions of the Pakistanis, most people are not shouting and blaming the real perpetrators, the Indian intelligence. this just shows the difference in mentality of both people.

  17. #17 by Taimur Khan on March 3, 2009 - 11:26 AM

    Mr Ahmed Qureshi is echoing my sentiments. plz publish this article at my humble request:

    Pakistan’s Munich: The Enemy’s Fingerprints

    The Indian fingerprints in the attack on the Sri Lanksn cannot be ignored. New Delhi has been at war with both Islamabad and Colombo for decades. Hitting both in one place is a masterstroke. Indian military and its agents should brace for retaliation.

    By AHMED QURAISHI
    Tuesday, 3 March 2009.
    http://WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—You can’t ignore the symbolism: Commando-style trained young men with backpacks, carrying automatic machine guns and armed with grenades and rocket launchers, bearing a shocking resemblance to the video footage released by the Indian government of the Mumbai attackers in November.

    The Indian connection, even if indirect and unintentional, cannot be ignored:

    Lahore is the same city where Pakistani antiterrorism police arrested several Indian citizens and their Pakistani accomplices in the past few weeks and paraded them in public with evidence linking them to India’s spy agency Research & Analysis Wing, or RAW. Lahore lies a few kilometers away from the Indian border and has bore the brunt of India’s covert operations in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly randomly planted bombs in public places designed to spread terror.

    Pakistani security officials had received a report that at least ten Indian operatives have crossed the border into Lahore 48 hours before the attacks.

    India spearheaded a campaign to convince several countries to sever sports relations with Pakistan and put tremendous pressure on Sri Lanka not to send its cricket team to play here.

    India has a history of supporting the terrorist LTTE group and arming it with sophisticated weapons to fight the Sri Lankan government and army. Pakistan, on the other hand, has been supporting Sri Lanka against this terrorism. India has long been disturbed by the close relationship between Colombo and Islamabad. In this connection, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister’s statement is important. He said he won’t point fingers but said ‘terrorism has no borders’, an implied suggestion that the Sri Lankans believe the perpetrators came from outside Pakistan.

    The timing of the attack shows the professional planning. Lahore administration was in a flux after the change of provincial government. Lahore was also the last Pakistani city that has not yet been affected by the fallout from America’s failed and disastrous war in Afghanistan. This incident effectively brings chaos to Lahore as well. The rest of Pakistan is already being destabilized by foreign intelligence operatives working from the Afghan soil, inserting professional saboteurs and flushing the country with money to recruit criminals and activating them under the guise of religious extremists.

    An important point to note here is that whoever planned this attack made sure that the terrorists look similar to Mumbai attackers. This can be an attempt to spark more conflict between Pakistan and India. In this case, if evidence is found, it might be interesting to probe the possibility of a third party trying to push both countries to war. And it’s not just religious elements in Pakistan that want this. There is an organized terrorist infrastructure inside India, manned by Hindu terrorist groups with recruits from Indian military intelligence. The same Indian elements are also active in Kabul and other Afghan cities, using the Afghan soil to export terrorism inside Pakistan. American reports have also linked these Indian elements to attacks on U.S. and NATO soldiers and blame them on Pakistan.

    There is enough circumstantial and physical evidence that involves India’s intelligence agencies in terrorism inside Pakistan.

    The Pakistani military must realize that this is an organized and not a guerrilla war that is being waged against Pakistan. This terrorism is deceptively hiding itself behind the label of religious extremism, and has links with those countries that are actively destabilizing Pakistan from the inside.

    It is time now that patriotic Pakistanis and the Pakistani military sit up and take notice of the apologetic statements of this U.S.-installed government in Islamabad which, like the Indians, wasted no time in linking the Lahore attack to the Mumbai attacks, which means linking it to Pakistanis (which is not proven except in the minds of India, their American backers and their backers in Pakistan, i.e. President Zardari, Rehman Malik, Sherry Rehman, and the former advisor Mehmud Durrani.) In this case, if the Zardari government is accusing ‘Mumbai attackers’ of this latest attack, then this government is indirectly accusing the Pakistani military and our intelligence of attacking the Sri Lankans in Lahore. This is in continuation of the covert efforts by elements in this government to cause a confrontation between the Pakistani military and the world at large.

    Pakistan’s response must be methodical. This is the time to expose Indian terrorism. There is stunning evidence available with Pakistani authorities about Indian activities in Afghanistan, inside Pakistan’s tribal and border areas and inside the rest of Pakistan. The Zardari government will not bring this evidence forward. It is the responsibility of the Pakistani military and its spy agencies to force this government to unmask the Indian activities. Enough of this apologetic attitude toward India. We urge Pakistan to publicly demand that Indian’s sponsorship of terrorism be curbed.

    The Indians should also brace for retaliation. If Indian military and security forces are using terrorism against Pakistan in multiple places, then Indians from these organizations should be a fair game for retaliation.

  18. #18 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 11:46 AM

    Taimur Khan

    You have a point there but I am more concerned about how these gunmen came so near to the bus that was carrying the Sri Lankan players?

    That just shows lax security arrangements and for that the PCB and the government must be held to account.

    Neither the PCB nor the government has able to do much in Lahore over the past week because of the trouble that has been caused by the Sharif brothers. So that is what I am trying to say here.

  19. #19 by Kunal Sabherwal on March 3, 2009 - 11:51 AM

    I am sorry for these attacks and hope peace ensues in Pakistan sooner rather than later. The proud people of Pakistan should not lose hope and they must stand side by side with their Indian brothers and eliminate terrorism from South Asia. These terrorists are no one’s friends.

    Taimur Khan please do not jump to conclusions. This is very clearly the work of LeT.

  20. #20 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM

    You can call it a hunch or instinct or whatever, but I had a bad feeling about the 2nd Test being held in Lahore. If you recall I said that if there is trouble in Lahore the PCB might want to shift the Test to Karachi.

    That is because I guessed holding a Test in a chaotic city will mean that it would be easy for anyone to commit any act of violence or terror and potentially affect cricket. What a coincidence that is exactly what happened?

  21. #21 by Varun Suri on March 3, 2009 - 12:04 PM

    This was expected….instead of looking inside and getting hold of the real criminals…

    Mr qureishi and others will as usual point fingers towards India…..

    This is it…I have had enough….

    My condolences, sympathies and everything else with all Pakistani Cricket Fans and PLayers… but unless until you will stop pointing fingers at INDIA and solve your internal Politics and fight terror with terror….this will continue…..

    Shame on you Mr AHMED qureishi…!!!!!!!!!

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 12:25 PM

    Greats fear for cricket’s future in Pakistan

    Former Pakistan cricket greats condemned Tuesday’s brazen attack on the Sri Lankan team, fearing the country will lose the chance to host the 2011 World Cup.

    Eight people were killed and seven Sri Lankan cricketers wounded when up to 12 gunmen attacked the squad’s convoy near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore with rockets, hand grenades and automatic weapons, police said.

    The assault happened as the team was heading for the third day’s play in the second Test against Pakistan.

    “It is a major, major shock. Teams were already unwilling to come to Pakistan. This will end the game for the next couple of years, including the hosting rights of the World Cup,” former captain Wasim Akram told AFP.

    Pakistan is the co-host of the World Cup along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

    Wasim’s pace partner Waqar Younis, who was commentating on the second Test, also feared for the future of cricket in Pakistan.

    “It is a big tragedy. Something like this should never have happened. We talk about foreign teams being provided top security but after what happened today I don’t see any team coming to Pakistan for a while,” he said.

    “Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) will now find it hard to allow the World Cup matches to be held in Pakistan. It is gone,” Waqar added.

    Another former captain, Javed Miandad, said Pakistan cricket had been badly hurt.

    It is all gone,” he said.

    “It is going to be very difficult for us to now convince teams that they can play the World Cup in Pakistan safely,” said Miandad, who resigned recently as director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    Former spinner Iqbal Qasim said the incidents had shaken the cricket-loving nation.

    “What to say of cricket? These events have hit the most vibrant city in Pakistan. For the time being we feel everything has come to a dead end. There will be no cricket at home and we have to play our cricket at neutral venues.”

    New Zealand previously cut short a tour when a suicide bomb blast outside their team hotel in Karachi killed 19 people in May 2002.

  23. #23 by Taimur Khan on March 3, 2009 - 12:57 PM

    Excuse me Mr Varun, How you are feeling now because I am blaming India for this attack. Just imagine how Pakistanis must be feeling? Whenever something happens in India or all around the world Pakistan is blamed for it even though Pakistanis have absolutely no idea what is going on and they are as peace loving as anyone else in this world.

    And look at how many terrorist incidents happen in Pakistan? But why is the world not sympathetic. Even now India is just sympathetic to Sri Lankan cricketers and its not said anything in support of Pakistan.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 1:17 PM

    Either it is Mr. Ahmad Qureshi or Mr. Gabol or many more in Pakistan will now raise their fingers at India for their hand in this attack, they should first look into their own GIRAYBAAN and ask a question, who has created this unrest, chaos in all the major cities of Punjab? Who has provided the terrorist a perfect platform to execute their ugly plans and translate their ugly intentions into a reality? They have not only killed the innocent people and injured a few but, they have tarnished the image of the country to achieve their ugly goals by hook or by crook.

    Read the last lines of the previous thread: “On Path of a Legend” which says: “the hooligans of Nawaz and Shahbaaz Sharif continue to march on the streets and burn tires or, damage properties to create chaos in the country and the teams decide to stay away from the trouble, then God bless Pakistan.”

    I would say that if your own house is not in order, how can you blame others? Blame these two MF Badmash Brothers who have earlier raped the country and now ruining it for mere lust and greed to rule the country by hook or by crook. In my view they are directly responsible for this attack to prove a point to the government that, if we are not ruling in Punjab, then this is what is going to happen. Their only ambition is to defame and destabilize Pakistan and play innocent and then take the bull by its horn.

    Minutes before this sad news of shoot out was aired, Nawaz Sharif was shown on TV addressing a public gathering, as usual he was trying to fool the masses by saying: “I don’t want anything from you, you don’t have to give me anything, all I want is justice, I want a clean judiciary….” And all that Bullshit and was calling people for the long march. Even after this attack on the Sri Lankan players he is still determined to call the lawyers and the public for that long march. It shows how mean, filthy, ugly and hungry he is for power. People should realize this and not only admonish him and his brother but, they must be tried and imprisoned for life.

  25. #25 by Dimple Rosy Cheeks on March 3, 2009 - 1:34 PM

    It does not even really matter who did it, at the end of the day the ordianry Pakistani/Muslim will suffer as a consequence of other peoples silly agendas and motives.

    How can these selfish people behind any such attack not see that it is a cowardly approach which reaps no benefits whatsoever!In fact it will lead to floodgates opening, in the respect that Pakistan will be blamed for any terrorist attack before there is confirmation that Pakistan has even got anything remotely to do with it. It is only time before other countries start retaliating.

    Cricket was one of the areas in which countries could have been united and now even that has become further tarnished. After the match fixing and ball tampering, not to forget the Bob Woolmer saga, Pakistan was beginning to establish itself once again in the cricket field (even though they were not playing too well but at least they were still playing cricket!)

    When things like these happen, it makes one almost feel disgusted to be Pakistani.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 1:38 PM

    DRC – good to read your balanced comments on Pakistan, cricket and terrorism.

  27. #27 by Abdul on March 3, 2009 - 4:50 PM

    Today’s event was something vivid, suicidal and catastrophic affair which has put Pakistan’s image on the global scale in utter shame and disgrace. The event has stolen the headlines in the media and put future doubts in deep concerns. In fact it is predicted that there will be no home series for another 25 to 30 years. But each and every one of us can admit that this is fair as today’s scenario has underlined the fact that Pakistan isn’t a hostile environment for international tours as the consequences can be fatal. But above all the concerning factor is the list of controversies and suicidal attacks are occurring frequently with Pakistan’s participation in the last 5 years such as the Bob Woolmer suspect case ? Why does it have to be us that get the centre blame and involvement in the tragedies?

    But currently our moments and condolences lie with the wounded Srilankan players and their families or any other people who suffered from this shocking tragedy. But credit to the emergency services for making immediate arrangements in order for the touring side to arrive back safely and securely .

    Simply war on terror MUST stop but one thing is for certain the impact and consequences of today’s event can never be justified. Can they?

  28. #28 by Abdul on March 3, 2009 - 5:19 PM

    Dominick Cork’s reactions just explain it all …………………………. See how positive he was a week ago and see for yourself on how disgusted and regretful he is now.

    February 24:

    Former England Test fast bowler Dominic Cork has urged foreign teams to play cricket in Pakistan. 37-year-old Cork, who is in Pakistan as a TV commentator for the ongoing Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series, was talking to media at the National Stadium here on Monday. “I enjoy being in Karachi. I said this before when I came for the one-day matches last month. I have a great time as a commentator, it is fantastic experience with top class hospitality and arrangements,” Cork said.

    “I am sure with the ICC help, Australia, England and India would come back and play here because the people of Pakistan love their cricket.”

    Asked if he was approached by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a feed back on the situation in Pakistan, Cork said if the ECB approached him he would definitely give them positive feed back. “My simple message to teams is ‘play cricket in Pakistan,” Cork concluded.

    March 3rd:

    Former England cricketer Dominic Cork, who is there as a commentator, said he would never return to the country.

    He told Sky News: “I won’t be coming back here while I’m still living, there is no chance.”

    He added: “I don’t think international cricket should return to this country.”

  29. #29 by Abdul on March 3, 2009 - 5:21 PM

    DRC : When things like these happen, it makes one almost feel disgusted to be Pakistani.

    I am agree 100% to this statement.

  30. #30 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 5:23 PM

    Abdul

    I am with you on these statements and I will not mess about because this is a serious issue:

    I am agree with you also on the issues regarding terror in Lahore.

  31. #31 by Varun Suri on March 3, 2009 - 5:42 PM

    Mr Taimur,

    There is always sufficient reason to believe that there is some support from inside Pakistan behind all the hienous terrorist attacks in the recent past anywhere in the Sub-Continent.

    Even in the recent Bangladesh massacare some leads lead to Pakistan and this in not said by any Indian authority but the Bangladeshis themselves who have been tradionally opposed India in all speheres just like the majority of Pakistanis!!

    When i came to Legslip for the first time today after i heard of today’s event i just wanted to write in my comment that i am very curious to know what Mr Qureishi will write in his propagandist website and lo…before i could write anything he already came up with his fantastic story!!!

    If Pakistan is really having lot of evidence of Indian help in any Baluchi or NWFP or Swat or for that matter any of your internal troubles then why don’t you bring it in front of the International Media??

    Once already after the Mumbai attacks the Pakistani Political establishment made a fool of themselves by naming one Mr Shukla responsible for a small time Lahore blast? What happened to that issue?

    Every now and then Mr Qureishi will come up with the Hindu Extremists when the main culprit behind the only known Hindu Terrorist involvement in Samjhauta Express is already behind the bars serving a life imprisonment??

    Mr Taimur, this is not only a question of tit for tat, educated people like me in India also understand that normal people like you and me have nothing to do with such heinous acts but you have to understand that there is a limit to everything and there is a limit of one’s patience.

    Earlier in the year before the Pakistani administration admitted that it’s territory was being used to plan for the Mumbai attacks Mr Qureishi and his band of brothers came up with all sorts of explanations and accusations but i am afraid that the Truth came out in front of everyone’s eyes and they had to flip-flop their statements innumerable times.

    In a recent interview Mr Musharaff himself admitted that the Pakistani establishment has been training the first generation Talibanis for almost 10 years before Osama and Zawahiri joined their movement. Agreed America is also a partner in crime here but is there anyone in Pakistan who can take moral responsibility for all those years of close association with the Extremist Talibanis/AL-Quaida/jehadists or whatever name you may give it to them.

    It’s high time that people in Pakistan realise that all this India-Bashing will not lead you anywhere unless until you clear the virus which is growing rapidly on your Western Border and gradually and gradually penetrating into the East.

    PLease for God’s sake get rid of your enimical attitude towards India and instead concentrate on economy, trade and industries :- things where both India and Pakistan stand to gain from each other but it is very sad and unfortunate that such events and such reaction from people like Mr Qureishi will never allow good willing people like me across the Border to develop any good relations with Pakistan which will only lead to further isolation of your great country.

    India is so massive in population and size that it is very difficult to break it into many parts or destroy it completely but the way things are going in Pakistan unless until Sharif Brothers, Zardari, Musharraf anf Imran Khan and all the political leaders have to take a collective stand and stop playing petty politics and fight the Taliban together i am afraid there is only one way to go……..

  32. #32 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 5:47 PM

    This is very saddening news indeed. This attack will definitely seal the fate of cricket played in Pakistan, and it sure will have a lasting impact. But is it me or everyone else here feel the same way that there are kind of two parallel governments in Pakistan. I would not rule out the involvement of fragments of the Pakistan’s security agencies in those attacks. I don’t mean to be Anti Pakistan but it’s hard for me to grasp the idea that without some involvement of dark forces within Pakistan’s security agencies, attacks on Musharraf, Benazir, or Sri Lankan players could be possible. I sensed that a long time ago that the failed and vastly corrupt system will lead Pakistan to its demise and the deterioration of the society in general has accelerated at alarming rate now. Minorities hate the majority and majority hates the minorities. Ethnicities don’t get along and there is no sense of nationalism in the country. If it continues like that I don’t see Pakistan as it stands today in the next 10 – 30 years. Blame India, U.S.A., and Israel for all the problems in Pakistan and keep doing what we’ve been doing, a classic case of insanity. I hate Talibans but they can do a better job at maintaining law and order than the elected governments and military. Get ready people, Military is coming to “rescue” Pakistan, and misery continues.

  33. #33 by Abdul on March 3, 2009 - 5:51 PM

    Khansahab I was serious in my approach all the way along. I don’t see any humour in my post 29,30 or 31. If so please pick out.

  34. #34 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 6:00 PM

    Abdul

    For once please don’t misunderstand me. I am did not see any humour in your comments. I am very sad today, please do not pick a fight.

    Omer

    I am not blaming Sharif directly but don’t you remember the news articles that said that chaos in Lahore might prevent the 2nd Test being held in the city? The government promised extra security because they thought Nawaz’s hooligans would try and get themselves noticed somehow.

    What you are not realising is that the havoc in Lahore diverted the government’s attention and they could not provide the promised security to the Sri Lankan players. That is my biggest concern. You will not see the media reporting this because firstly the media is very pro Nawaz and pro lawyers, they have really underplayed what PML N workers have done in Punjab, and secondly by reporting this the PPP government will also be undermined and deemed very incompetent. So you will not see people linking Nawaz to this terror attack.

  35. #35 by Varun Suri on March 3, 2009 - 6:00 PM

    khansahab,

    few days/weeks back you had admonished a fellow India and said it is his jingoistic attitude which creates more mistrust and confusion between India and Pakistan which could be true to acertain extent but do you think any sane mind in India will lend support for any cause in Pakistan when he would read this :-

    http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/latest_col.php?id=87

    This person’s sole aim in life is to spread poison and no matter how many people get together to think good about Pakistan he will now allow us Indians to think positively.

    Shuklaji is just a aam-aadmi he could be forgiven for his jingoism but this is not what you expect from a respected or supposedly reputed journalist.

    Interesting is a comment on the same page:-

    “Swat is teeming with 3000-4000 taliban ,girls schools blown , and the writ of the state was surrendered . Blame it on India. Reports of Taliban making in-roads in Karachi – India surely . Trouble in FATA , India..India… Mumbai Attack – Indian false flag operation . Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket team.. Indian operatives . AQ – Isn’t there a limit to conspiracy theories ? And incidently , the perspective on RAW , here in India , in learned circles , is that it is a mediocre intelligence agency , fraught with infighting and not capable of bold covert operations. So , what gives , with this “enemy” obsession ? Still not time for introspection ?

  36. #36 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 6:08 PM

    Omar

    That’s exactly what happened in Swat. The everyday life was made so tough on people that they welcomed Talibans just for the sake of security and some normality to life. When government fails to provide the people with security, jobs, and development, they take on extreme measures. In case of Karachi, it is very important that MQM and ANP make an alliance, get involved, and stop Talibans to establish safe heavens there. You are so right about Saudis, this Wahabism is a deadly venom with no cure.

  37. #37 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 6:13 PM

    Varun

    I understand your frustration and I wrote about the importance of good relation with India numerous times. But we all know there are some elements within both countries which do not want to resolve the Kashmir issue for their bread and butter. What logical solution is there to Kashmir? Either India and Pakistan keep the part they’re occupying or they make it a free state.

  38. #38 by Awas on March 3, 2009 - 6:20 PM

    Like all, I too am absolutely riled at this recent terror attack and flabbergasted at what now appears to be quite feeble security provided to the visiting team. The worst thing is that none of the culprits were apprehended or killed despite all the security personnel around them. This is quite shameful.

    The possibility of sportsmen being attacked, quite rightly, was considered pretty remote by most. Something unlikely as this again is only possible in Pakistan. Not only just the sportsmen, any other foreign visitors are also unlikely to venture into that country for a long time now. We can bid farewell to already non-existent foreign investment for the foreseeable future as well.

    At this early stage, it is difficult to say who is behind in all this even though the fingers of blame were being pointed at various parties, people, organisations, countries as soon as the news broke. This is just overzealousness if nothing else. It is no different to what happens in India and people criticise India when they point fingers at Pakistan straight away after an incident without evidence. We are no different to each other, so its best to get together.

    Unless all countries in the region, together with Western help, fully cooperate with each other with resolve and in a meaningful way to rid us of the menace of terror, the status quo will continue.

  39. #39 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 6:33 PM

    Theossa

    At the same time it is important MQM and PPP don’t conspire to this whole Taliban issue just to throw Pathans out of Sindh, because they can’t do that to Punjabis. They have to strike a balance. Do you know why ANP is not supporting MQM in this whole drive to get rid of Taliban from Karachi? Because they think MQM is trying to do this to get Pathans out of the province.

    Varun

    I understand what you are saying, and to our credit, we jumped on the bandwagon to blame the chaotic situation in Lahore and PCB before pointing a finger at India. So blaming India was not our first priority. When Taimur Khan above said that Indians have done it, I told him that I am more concerned about the security lapse. Javed A Khan also strongly came against Pakistanis and urged them to look at themselves first before pointing fingers at India.

    Varun, I am representing a country and a religion that have been made the scapegoats for all of the world’s evils since 2001, so I cannot truthfully say that I condemn all kinds of conspiracy theories. The attitude of the global media has been unfair, prejudicial and racist to Pakistanis and Muslims ever since 9/11, so unlike you I am not prepared to believe everything that I read in the news.

    That is not to say that I do not acknowledge the extremism problem in Pakistan. However, what nation and what society does not have extremists? In USA Barack Obama had to appear before a Jewish committee to explain how he got the word, “Hussain” in his name. In the UK the British National Party, which openly campaigns for discrimination against Muslims and Pakistanis has been gaining more and more popularity. In India the far right has been becoming more and more powerful. This is a trend we are witnessing across the entire world- extremism of views and this is what is the biggest threat to global peace. Blaming it on one party or one religion is not looking at the whole picture.

    When 26/11 happened, many news stories came from different corners, but that incident was an eye opener for me because I was shocked to see the fascist reactions of the Indian population. People on the streets were openly calling for India to destroy Pakistan, and stupid things like that. This morning when I turned on the TV and saw the reaction of Pakistanis, it was much more controlled, calm and they just looked helpless and saddened without being very animated.

    Most Pakistanis do not think like myself, Javed A Khan and Awas, so blaming Nawaz Sharif (directly or indirectly) or the incumbent government would not have been the first line of thought. They would have either blamed the Islamic Extremists, or if they were slightly conservative, they would have blamed India, or some combination of the two.

    Varun, it is not the job or expertise of religious clerics to teach people how to make bombs, guns, what to wear, how to aim, how to plan things etc. The scale over which this happens in Pakistan, you’re looking at some financiers with big bucks, massive recruitment potential and some kind of technical expertise. If you agree with me so far, then I hope both of us can see that the Pakistani military forces would have uncovered who these people are and got rid of them? It has been 8 years since Pakistan been fighting these people.

    I don’t think there is an end to this problem of extremism. Pakistan has been fighting this problem for 8 years and has spent billions of rupees and lost thousands of lives.

  40. #40 by M. Y.. Kasim on March 3, 2009 - 6:48 PM

    Mr. Virun Suri,

    You seems to be highly educated and balanced person. Tell me, who started and encouraged Tamil Tigers revolt in Sri Lanka, armed and financed the movement, and refused to sell or provide arms and weapons to the SL Govt. to fight the rebels and when the Pak Govt. did, it was too much to swallow and even provided the rebels with Israelis’ Kifr Jet Fighters. Have you ever heard any rebel movement having an air force?

    To punish and teach a lesson, India was looking for moment. And it came up with a Bollywood classic called 26/11.

    Even the Israeli Intelligence, Mossad concluded that the Rabi and his associiates were gunned down by the Indian Security Personnels in panic and not by the attackers.

    The whole drama was enacted to derail the so-called peace process and to defame Pakistan all over the world and divert the attention of the millions of suffering Indian masses while the rich are getting richer and poor the poorer.

    To cap it all and to isolate Pakistan, it was the the perfect pretext to cancel the cricket tour.

    When Sri Lanka offered to fill the void, it was too much. India put as much pressure as possible and insisted on touring SL. Still, SL kept its word and came. Now it was time to settle the score. Like they, “Two birds with one stone” Attack SL team, not only SL but no team will ever come for the next decade.

    Pakistanis have their own numerous problems. They are not interested or concerned whether India remains one or break into many parts as long as it does no harmful antics toward Pakistan as it is doing since its inception.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 6:59 PM

    Hello to all those who have commented so far on this blog after this ugly incident in Lahore. We all are blaming someone or the other.

    The PCB, how naive they can be not to relocate or postpone the Lahore test match? Blame them for being stupid.

    The government has not been able to protect the team, they could not protect Benazir, they can never protect anyone especially when they are a sitting duck target. Blame the government for being so incompetent.

    The Sri Lankans, how brave, friendly or stupid they can be to agree to play in the midst of all the chaos? Blame them for being so stupid to play only to prove a point that they too are living in similar situation in their own country.

    The terrorists how cruel and ugly they can be to play with the lives of the innocent people? How long they will continue to do this and, for what they are doing this? Blame them for being so remorseless and cruel.

    Blaming India for doing a Mumbai tit for tat. It is very easy to do that or say the Jews or the Americans are behind this.

    I blame the Sharif Brothers for the simple reason that they have created this mess in Punjab for reaping their own profits and political interests. During all this mess when the city was on fire, playing a test match was like playing with fire. If your own house is not in order you cannot blame others as responsible for adding fuel to the fire.

    No one will ever catch those gunmen now, the police, intelligence agencies etc., if they produce someone may not be the real culprit, they are under pressure to find the culprits and they will put the blame on someone but, that will not be the end of this problem. So, what is the problem? And, how can one resolve it?

    The problem is with these politicians and in my opinion ALL these politicians needs to disappear from the political front forever, and how that will happen? I don’t have an answer for that. The army or the Taliban is not the answer. There has to be another way. Let us think about it, what could be that way? There must be a peaceful way to resolve all these problems without loosing a poor man’s life.

  42. #42 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 7:37 PM

    The biggest flaw of religious philosophy is the notion that We are the true and original hence everyone else is on a wrong path and must be converted in order to save their souls Result? Bloodbath throughout the history of mankind because others who don’t follow the exact path are inferior souls so feel no burden of conscious when you kill them.

    Javed

    I presented a crazy solution once to mobilize the youth through phone texts , word of the mouth, flyers, and pamphlets to take over the country swiftly by mass protests and by all means necessary. Youth needs a leader to look upon and only Imran Khan has the kind of magnetic personality and charisma to fit the mould. Since youth have a positive perspective of sportsmen, they all can get involved. Just think about the reach of people like Shahid Afridi, Inzamam, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, Younis Khan, Saeed Anwer, and many more. There are also a few sincere politicians and scholars who can join forces but the best support would be if military play neutral. I wish we could eliminate this scum of feudal lords and religious fanatics from Pakistan forever.

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 7:42 PM

    Theossa

    I respect your opinions but I have no respect for most of the cricketers you have mentioned. The only ones I respect from that list are Afridi, Waqar and Younis Khan.

    They are either Mullahs or people like Miandad who will promote their own relatives to the detriment of the team.

    And I don’t respect Wasim Akram because he could have done so much for cricket in the country but he is the biggest match fixer the world has ever seen.

  44. #44 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 7:48 PM

    Well, Khansahab what can I say, you are a perfectionist 😀

  45. #45 by Theossa on March 3, 2009 - 8:00 PM

    Playing at neutral venues is a blessing in disguise

    As the reality forces Pakistan to play at neutral venues, I think end result won’t be too shabby. Pitches will be better and ground field conditions will be better hence improved batting, bowling, and fielding. Pakistan also should try to come up with a formula of revenue sharing and play matches on road (in the touring country) that were supposed to be played at home. Our youth teams should be sent to play on the road as well. I think it will improve quality of our cricket even if the occurrence of such events won’t be that frequent.

  46. #46 by khansahab on March 3, 2009 - 8:10 PM

    Theossa

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. Playing at neutral venues will definitely be a blessing in disguise. In fact the more Pakistanis play outside of Pakistan, the greater the chances of Pakistan’s opening problems to get sorted. Fielding and bowling will improve too.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 9:14 PM

    It is not like a blessing in disguise. THERE IS NO OPTION LEFT for the Pakistan team. Who will come to Pakistan now to play? Once again they will be looking at the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Sheikhs and, the possibility of the 2011 world cup, especially those matches which were scheduled to be played in Pakistan would be hosted by the UAE, especially since the ICC has their headquarters in Dubai.

    2011 is still too far away but the question is, will the India/Pakistan diplomatic relationships improve? Or, should I say the animosity between the fundamentalists of these two countries will not fade away? I think in that case, Pakistan should avoid playing their round matches in India and the ICC must consider this point before they reschedule these matches. For Pakistan, they should be fixed in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the UAE. After this Lahore blast, I am not sure how the Sri Lankan public will react to Pakistani team playing in their country?

    The points that I have mentioned above, I am not sure if the PCB dimwit dolts have thought at this stage or not? But, it is a hint or should I say; “A Scream” from our blog to keep this in mind and remind the ICC to schedule the matches as suggested.

  48. #48 by zain-ul-abideen on March 3, 2009 - 9:25 PM

    The Lahore incident is extremely preposterous and ugly I would have never thought that a cricket loving nation would have targeted a cricket team unfortunately these are not the cricket lovers but terrorists who have done this. People are talking about blessing in disguise that Pakistan will now play outside the country. The real blessing in disguise is this ugly incident did not happen in Karachi. Because I am from Karachi and I know what would have been the consequences and reaction from Punjab if this incident had taken place in Karachi. They would have grilled the MQM, the Bhaiyas and mutrawas and called them traitors of the country. It is a blessing for Karachi that Benazir and Liaqat Ali Khan were not assassinated in Karachi but in Rawalpindi. May be some of you might say I am sounding jingoistic but I consider it as a blessing that it did not happen in Karachi. It is like Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu and Indira Gandhi was assassinated by a Sikh so it is a blessing for the Indian Muslims.

  49. #49 by Awas on March 3, 2009 - 9:45 PM

    The chief executive of the New Zealand Cricket, Justin Vaughan, said there was no way the trip, which was scheduled for November, could go ahead.
    “The tour has been called off,” Vaughan told New Zealand radio. “We are not going, I think that’s pretty clear.

    Comment

    I think the tone of the statement is unsympathetic and simply shameful coming out of Justin Vaughan.

    Pakistan basically has suffered a tragedy where 6 of its security personnel died in saving the lives of SL team and a heroic performance from the bus driver who continued to drive the coach into the stadium amongst hail of bullets and bombs. He could have simply run for his life. A different statement from the chief executive like we are in talks with PCB to reschedule the tour to a neutral venue would have been the need of the hour. In this war on terror Pakistan often finds itself without any real international support. Pakistan is all alone in this once again. Many people who voice their opinions that Pakistan should rethink its strategy of war on terror may well have a point.

    Shame on you New Zealand Cricket Board!!!

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 3, 2009 - 9:55 PM

    Indian Premier League 2009

    Indian government wants IPL postponed

    Cricinfo staff
    March 3, 2009

    “Concerns have emerged over the security measures that will be in place for the IPL next month after India’s home minister P Chidambaram said that he would ask the organisers to postpone the tournament so that it does not clash with the country’s general elections. IPL officials, however, have ruled out a postponement and instead talked of rescheduling games within the current window.

    Chidambaram told NDTV the government would provide security for the IPL but the country’s paramilitary forces would be stretched to cover both the elections and the Twenty20 tournament. The IPL is scheduled to be held in nine Indian venues from April 10-May 24 amidst elections across the country.” For more info. click the link below:

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/current/story/393305.html

    I think it will be more prudent, pragmatic and practical if the IPL is postponed, because the Indian elections at the same time means an explosive recipe. If something like Lahore or even worst than this happens during the IPL match, then India too will be out of the World Cup contention.

    And, one should not rule out the possibility of a terror attack in India during the IPL and it will not just be the Taliban or Al-Qaida going all the way to Chennai or some South Indian location but, it could be their own extremists groups who want to create chaos in the country like those doing in Pakistan would consider it as an opportunity to exploit.

    IF that really happens it won’t be just a cliche to say “I told you so” but, it is a matter of human lives and it is a matter of cricket that is a game loved by hundreds of millions of people in the sub-continent. One thing is for sure, NO PAKISTANI PLAYER would be playing for the IPL in India. If Kamran Khattmal and Sohail Tanvir want to go and play for Rajhastan Royals, they should get a kick on their BUTT and no lolly pop to pacify them.

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