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Revival of Indo-Pak ties: The need of the hour

Written by: Sajith Balakrishnan
Published: Saturday, July 26, 2003, 17:20 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Indo-Pak cricket series continue to wallow in a whirlpool of political quandary. Time and again we hear of the brouhaha surrounding the restoration of Test matches between the two sub-continental giants, yet, dirty politics holds the say and the biggest casualty is the game. Recently both the cricket Boards mooted the idea of playing a series of One-days in Pakistan in September. But now that move seems to be put on the back burner. Moreover, even the proposed tour of India to Pakistan in 2004 seems a doubtful starter with neither the Board nor the players keen on pursuing with the itinerary citing different reasons. The former complains of eBangalore: Indo-Pak cricket series continue to wallow in a whirlpool of political quandary. Time and again we hear of the brouhaha surrounding the restoration of Test matches between the two sub-continental giants, yet, dirty politics holds the say and the biggest casualty is the game.

Recently both the cricket Boards mooted the idea of playing a series of One-days in Pakistan in September. But now that move seems to be put on the back burner. Moreover, even the proposed tour of India to Pakistan in 2004 seems a doubtful starter with neither the Board nor the players keen on pursuing with the itinerary citing different reasons. The former complains of excessive fatigue that the team is likely to be subjected to in the wake of a tough tour 'Down Under' and the latter as usual citing issues beyond cricket.

It may be recalled that the Indo-Pak series have always brought out the best in both camps. Javed Miandad always calls it a 'battle'. It has quite often separated the men from the boys. It evokes a dash of nostalgia with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Zaheer Abbas, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan having sent the crowd in to a rhapsody with their scintillating performances.

In fact, Gavaskar's farewell knock of 96 on a minefield of a wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore against a spirited Tauseef & Co is still etched in the minds of avid cricket watchers.

It was in 1989 that India last played a Test match in Pakistan. And that series was truly memorable in the sense that it saw the birth of two stars who later made the life of statisticians demanding. Yes, we are talking about the 'Butcher from Bandra' and the 'Burewala Bomber' from Karachi. While the genius of the 16-year-old teenage prodigy called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar later became a part of the cricket lore, Waqar Younis conquered millions of hearts with his raw pace and toe-crushing yorkers.

The last time Pakistan played a Test series in India too witnessed sporting glory as evident in the victory lap enacted by Wasim and his boys and the acknowledgement in the form of standing ovation that the sporting Chennai crowd gave them.

One-day Internationals played in neutral venues like Toronto and Tangiers offer nothing for the game than encouraging the so-called Chawlas and Guptas who engage themselves in nefarious activities. The true test of character is the Test match itself and it is high time they are restored for the sake of the game's interest.

Indo-Pak cricket has a global audience and there is no denying the fact that the crowds will flock to see them play each other, be it at Chepauk or Gadaffi. The game of cricket demands it. With 'A' tours also on the shelved list, it won't be a bad idea to send a junior team to Pakistan as part of reviving the ties, which have become the need of the hour. xcessive fatigue that the team is likely to be subjected to in the wake of a tough tour 'Down Under' and the latter as usual citing issues beyond cricket. It may be recalled that the Indo-Pak series have always brought out the best in both camps. Javed Miandad always calls it a 'battle'. It has quite often separated the men from the boys. It evokes a dash of nostalgia with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Zaheer Abbas, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan having sent the crowd in to a rhapsody with their scintillating performances. In fact, Gavaskar's farewell knock of 96 on a minefield of a wicket at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore against a spirited Tauseef & Co is still etched in the minds of avid cricket watchers. It was in 1989 that India last played a Test match in Pakistan. And that series was truly memorable in the sense that it saw the birth of two stars who later made the life of statisticians demanding. Yes, we are talking about the 'Butcher from Bandra' and the 'Burewala Bomber' from Karachi. While the genius of the 16-year-old teenage prodigy called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar later became a part of the cricket lore, Waqar Younis conquered millions of hearts with his raw pace and toe-crushing yorkers. The last time Pakistan played a Test series in India too witnessed sporting glory as evident in the victory lap enacted by Wasim and his boys and the acknowledgement in the form of standing ovation that the sporting Chennai crowd gave them. One-day Internationals played in neutral venues like Toronto and Tangiers offer nothing for the game than encouraging the so-called Chawlas and Guptas who engage themselves in nefarious activities. The true test of character is the Test match itself and it is high time they are restored for the sake of the game's interest. Indo-Pak cricket has a global audience and there is no denying the fact that the crowds will flock to see them play each other, be it at Chepauk or Gadaffi. The game of cricket demands it. With 'A' tours also on the shelved list, it won't be a bad idea to send a junior team to Pakistan as part of reviving the ties, which have become the need of the hour.

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