Is it cricket or our lives?
My earliest memories of
watching a cricket match go back to the mid fifties at the
Peshawar garrison ground , a test match at that , between
Pakistan and the MCC , i do not recall much about the outcome ,
but i do remember the atmosphere and the civility prevailing.
Sadly the game of Cricket is no longer a game which used to be
,an epitome of gentlemanly conduct and fairplay it is now all
about a show of conquest and big bucks , thanks to the Aussies
and the Indians who have made it into a spectacle sport with
players being bought and sold and bookies making it a gambling
den, However where national pride figures individuals and teams
fight fiercely in competition , the Ashes is a telling example
and no quarter is given or expected
.Forgive the preamble
but the cricket scene in Pakistan has incorporated the worst of
this new mold of the game and being one of the few disciplines
left where Pakistanis are allowed international participation ,
we have continued to heap disgrace on our selves , the latest
sordid saga is enfolding in England..
What is it with
us, does the fault lie in our genes that Pakistanis have become
a symbol of all that is base and derogatory, the last few years
have seen us plummet to the bottom of any international rating
and just when one thinks that we have hit rock bottom that we
bring more ignominy , is this our destiny , are we going to
become the laughing stock of the world, the butt of ridicule and
jokes , is this what we are going to bequeath our future
generations , from Jinnah to Zardari what a fall, i am afraid
yes, this will be our fate because those of us who feel and can
make a difference have become vegetative and can only moan and
whinge , so either escape to foreign shores or curl up and die
unless we are willing to sit up and muster gumption to fight
this cancer that has mestasised into every organ and facet of
our being ,.
--by Javed Khan, Islamabad, 31 Aug 10.
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