Monday, July 16, 2012

Indian Cricket Team to Host Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s.

Image of Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar in action
Indian Cricket Team to Host Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India today announced in a major break through decision that it (BCCI) will host Pakistan Cricket team in upcoming December for a series of Three One day Internationals(ODIs) and couple of T 20 Matches Bilateral series. The decision was announced after the diplomatic discussions between both countries
indicated the permission of the respective Governments.After the last round of talks it was quite clear that India has eased the pressure a bit and that the cricket after almost a break of five years will come alive once again. Why this pressure or urge to get convicts was readjusted is still unknown. So finally after all the fire and disagreements our government has given up the hope of Pakistan co-operating on any level. Anyway its all decided now. 

This may have been a welcome news for all cricket lovers and sports fans but the political and strategic down sides of it have also started showing up. We know how hard the 26/11 terrorist attacks had hit us and yet without getting the perpetrators we have started sports ties. Meanwhile our respected neighbor and most favored nation had not even once shown any signs of co-operation.

The political parties throughout the country has straight-away criticized the government for this decision and some big names from the field of sports have also opposed any such ease in ongoing pressure on Pakistan diplomats.

There is also another dimension to the story, Pakistan cricket board(PCB) has been abandoned by almost all international cricket playing nation's boards after the attack on Shrilankan team and it is running out of resources to keep itself afloat. The upcoming series could also provide the PCB with those much needed funds.

Whatever is going on behind closed doors, it is clear that country has once again got to digest the cocktail of sports and politics.Weather this will benefit the game of cricket is yet to be decided.Here are questions for you to think about and comment on-

  • First things first, Was it the right decision to stop cricket matches between both countries after the terrorist attacks?
  • Have we achieved that we intended through these bans?
  • Based on above two, have we once again melted before the right time?
  • Is there a political deal that you can sniff in it?
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