As we know one maximum leader has dis-engaged recently from the Brown world*. Our own ML is busy being pre-engaged, but has occupied the long gap hours (with chanting in Tamil/Sanskrit in the background) by re-drawing the Central Asia/South Asia maps.
If Pak is able to successfully join hands with Afghan or Iran in a friendship federation I wish them all the luck. In the mean-time one point remains uncontested. Pakistan would love to play cricket with India (and vice versa). Fake war is better than real war (nobody dies, but some millionaire cricketer home may get fire-bombed).
Vis-a-vis India, Pakistan has won the battles of Test Cricket (12-9-38)/(win-loss-draw) and One Day Internationals (ODI) (69-48-4). All India got was a lousy T20 medal.
ICC Rankings currently show for Test (Pak#4, Ind#5), ODI (Pak#6, Ind#3), and T20 (Pak#6, Ind#3).
The only sad news is that there is no Test match. Perhaps a friendly CA country wishes to volunteer? How many people will watch that game? This is all speculation at this point.
The war/games will kick off in Bengaluru and march through Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Delhi. May the best team win.
Haroon Sidiqqui in the Nation:
In July, the Indian board had decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the neighbouring country for a short series in December 2012-January 2013 during the break period of England Tests and ODI legs as Englishmen will leave India to celebrate Christmas and New Year during the tour of India. This was possible because of untiring efforts of PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf who after assuming the charge of the board top slot started efforts to revive the cricketing relations with the neighbouring country India and Allah gave him success now. This achievement of the PCB chief will help a lot to bring international cricket back to Pakistan in near future. The Indian government will issue special visas to Pakistani fans and it was possible because of Zaka Ashraf meeting with the Indian Foreign Minister in Islamabad and he directed Indian High Commissioner to solve this issue as soon as possible on which the Indian High Commissioner assured him to resolve the visas issues to Pakistani spectators. Meanwhile, the PCB chief praised his Indian counterpart for extending helping hand to make the series possible. He termed the series between Pakistan and India a good omen for the cricket-crazy people of both the countries and that will help bring the neighboring countries closer and boost the cricket in the subcontinent.
As many BP commentators agree that Indo/Pak represent fucked up nations that can/should do better. But let me add a plea for secularism (whatever you want to make of that term). So far Allah has indeed bestowed a greater success on Pak than India in the cricketing wars. But it may happen that Pak suffers losses in the present series. Will it be because Allah favored India, or Pakistanis did not pray hard enough? The same logic also applies to Indians. If all the pujas performed using Brahmin/Jain/Buddhist/Sikh Pandits fail to produce the necessary results, give it a thought, who is really at fault?
*dear A-star from M-place, kindly post my bail tomorrow, else no more “spirited” posts on BP