War, or something like it

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.

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10 thoughts on “War, or something like it

  1. Raina? I guess if Yuvi can play test cricket, anyone can.

    Rohit and even Virat would have to be ahead. And if they are not there is Manish Pandey, Rahane and Pujara.

  2. I just read the cicinfo article on Mithun’s selection. WOW! That lad went from a Ranji trophy debut to the national team in the space of a few months. I hope he lives up to the billing. We need a bowling prodigy/powerhouse to sustain our stay at the top of world cricket.

  3. Prem – looks like all the commentators here have already moved on (ie enough already 🙂 ) – no one has commented about what you have actually written! As for me i simply dont get it!

  4. Mahesh…nothing against Badri. Just going by gut feel (not following domestic very closely), I thought he had gone off the boil a bit in this (and last?) season?

    Rohit has been doing well…(didn’t he score a ton and double ton this season?)…and Raina too not v bad in whatever he has played off late (has been on national duty most of the time..where he has done well at a difficult batting spot).

    • Nope… he has been doing well this season too.
      Badrinath has been one of the most consistent performers on the domestic circuit. His First Class average of 58.63 (before the Duleep Trophy match at Indore) is the 10th-best in the world of all batsmen who’ve made more than 6,000 runs. The 29-year-old Badrinath scored 599 runs at 85.57 in the 2009-10 season of the Ranji Trophy super league for Tamil Nadu, including an innings of 250 against eventual champion Mumbai.

  5. man, I cant believe so many people questioning the inclusion of Badri. Finally he seems to be getting what’s long overdue for him and already there are question marks over his selection? Of all the reasons,the Srikanth – Tamilnadu connection is the most amusing.

    For starters this is his domestic record:
    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
    82 118 14 6098 250 58.63 22 25 57 0
    as good as any going around in the world.

    And like he himself said once, for all that he has proven in domestic cricket, he atleast deserves a chance to fail. Rohit is still a worthy comparison (my bet on inheriting the n0.4 slot from sachin when he eventually retires) but Raina???

  6. I think Murali as a natural opener should be tried at no. 3 spot against the south african pace attack we would need solid batsmen. Badri should be at 6 behind vvs and before dhoni. Play with 2 Spinners and one of them has to be Mishra, south africans just cant play leg spin.

  7. Prem..any comments on our test team for first game against SA? And, relatedly, our chances?

    Happy with Murali Vijay being slotted in the middle order? Why not Rohit/Raina/Badri (who is probably second choice after Murali) ?

    And Badri above Rohit/Raina?

    Oh and also Saha instead of Karthik?

    Finally, would you have one of the newcomers replace Dravid at 3 or go for Laxman at that spot?

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