Thanks to a reader commenting on one of the earlier posts, I just stumbled on the wtf line to end all wtf lines. From Pradeep Magazine, on the IPL ‘fiasco’:
What the Mumbai terror attacks could not achieve — an Indo-Pak war — this fresh row could well do that.
I wonder how we managed to escape going to war last year — when this happened:
Pakistan barred its cricketers on Monday from travelling to India and playing in the Indian Premier League tournament. The decision has been taken because of security concerns.
Five Pakistani cricketers —Yasir Hameed, Yasir Arafat, Asim Kamal, Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Hafeez — were to attend the IPL auction of players for the second season in Goa on Feb 10.
The government has earlier stopped hockey and squash teams from going to India for the same reason.
Will the noise-makers on both sides explain why it was okay for the PCB to ban Pakistan players from participation last year [a decision taken and announced just a week ahead of the auctions]?
Over the past week, everyone and his uncle has been going on about the ‘snub’, and how it has vitiated the atmosphere. The best response to that?:
“These are the harsh realities of life.”
The speaker is Saleem Altaf, the PCB’s CEO. Exactly — so enough already.
I don’t mean to go banging on about this — but each time I raise my head and glance at the TV screen, or check the net to see what’s new, there is some other bloke beating his breast over the whole thing, and quite frankly it has gone beyond being amusing.