…and a good thing it is, too.
There’s a mandatory statement from Chris Gayle that he is not taking India lightly. Yes, well — you may not, but we are.
I don’t know about you, but speaking for myself, I find it impossible to work up any kind of enthusiasm for a four-game ODI series shoe-horned into the calendar to fulfill some contractual obligation or the other; a series that comes at the fag end of a season of too much cricket across too many different time zones.
Win, lose or draw — what difference does this series make, either to jaded players or cricket-saturated viewers?
Outside of that, Dawn editorializes about Pakistan’s win in the T20 World Cup final, and inter alia says:
Even in India, which with its deep pockets now virtually controls the ICC. It will take some doing to crush Pakistan’s spirit. We will not simply go away and sulk. We can triumph in the face of adversity.
Well, good for you. But where did you get the idea that India wants to crush Pakistan’s spirit? And which India are you talking about?
There is a BCCI, that wanted to send the Indian team to Pakistan earlier this year, but was prevented by government fiat. And a good thing too, from a Pakistan point of view: if it had been India that had toured, and its players that had been attacked outside the gates of the Gaddafi Stadium, it would have been impossible to rein in nationwide calls for war.
Left to its own devices, the ‘cash rich BCCI’, which is never averse to making a few million more, would love to host Pakistan the day after its team is done with the West Indies — what is stopping it is not a desire to crush Pakistan’s spirit, but a government increasingly impatient with Islamabad’s bait-and-switch tactics on terrorism [Never mind 26/11 — when the Lankan cricketers were attacked, there were enough voices in the Pakistan establishment suggesting that somehow, India was responsible].
So, hey, all power to Pakistan cricket. Whenever it takes the field, it brings much joy even to Indians — a fact Dawn and its ilk might not want to acknowledge because it goes against the accepted narrative in those parts.
Anyway — outside of these little echoes [and the obligatory guff about the Ashes, which I’ll ignore], the cricket world seems fairly quiet — which is a good thing. Besides being a more than usually busy day at work, the lull gives me some mental space to write tomorrow’s episode in the Bhimsen series.
See you on here later in my day, maybe.