THIS ICC T20 WORLD CUP FINAL BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA IS A CONTINUATION OF THE RECENT PAST, WHAT ABRUPTLY ENDED IN LAHORE SHALL BE CONCLUDED AT LORDS.
IS THIS A BATTLE BETWEEN THE BRUISED, BEATEN AND THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM? OR, IS IT A MESSAGE OF PEACE?
From now until tomorrow afternoon i..e., for the next 30 hours you would be speculating about who the winner will be? Who will lift the ICC T20 WC trophy? You would be formulating plans, strategies, various combinations and permutations in batting order and in scoring the 50 odd runs in the first 6 overs or, taking wickets in the power play and then restricting the opposition to a paltry score that can be defended and achievable. We want you to discuss more, speculate more and predict your winner.
Thirty hours later the Lords cricket ground would be bustling with life, packed with spectators dressed in green and blue and beating the drums, singing their favourite songs, playing patriotic songs on the paging system and dancing with the tune and coming to a silence when the national anthem of Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be played. Prior to that, the weather and pitch report followed by the toss.
The toss is very important and whoever will win the toss will elect to bat first. Younus Khan’s luck should help him in winning this crucial toss and he must elect to bat first, make best use of the power play to put Sri Lanka under pressure. Sri Lanka on the other hand are an unbeaten team in this tournament and they are the team that was targeted and tormented by the terrorists in Lahore and, they have to prove a point here that they are not intimidated by anyone and they are a team that will emerge as winners.
And, Pakistan has to prove that they are not only the victims of terrorism from within their own country, but their inconsistency in the game is due to the current political turmoil in the country compounded by the injustices that have been done by the ICC and other countries who have tried to isolate the country, its cricketing venues snatched, and they are trying to take that cricket spirit away from the country where cricket is in their blood, where the talent is as abundant as the air, water and sunshine is in that country. By reaching the finals of this ICC T20 WC, for the second time, Pakistan has proved to the world that playing the previous WC T20 final was no fluke, they lost to India by a narrow margin and they are back again, wounded, injured, beaten in the initial rounds, even in the warm up games and fighting their way to reach to the finals to wave their country’s flag on the
summit. This reminds me of Pakistan’s national poet Iqbal’s famous verse:
Tundi-e-baad-e-muqalif say na ghabra aye Oqaab
Yae tou chalti hai tujhay ooncha urra nay kay liyeh