Pakistan vs. Afghanistan- I did not know who to support?
Even if Pakistan had lost – I would have still not cursed the Pakistan cricket team. Maybe I would have cheered them for letting Afghanistan win.
Pakistan won yesterday. It is a team on the go. What a change in fortunes?
It was not long ago it was the shame of cricketing community.
The day Salman Butt episode happened – something within every Pakistani died.
As a nation Pakistan has endured adversities of magnitude at time unbearable to think of. They kept hope. Cricket provided an escape. A victory was an opportunity to laugh and dance. A defeat was an opportunity to vent out the pent-up frustrations.
Salman Butt and Company ruined it all.
As a nation we have our flaws but not even in our wildest dreams we could have thought of the humiliation that we suffered.
They stabbed us in the back. A large majority of Pakistanis work hard to build an image that Pakistan has problems but then Pakistan has a large number of hardworking sincere ethical people. Salman Butt and Company poured cold water on the image building work.
But that was past. The present Pakistan cricket team is marvelous. It is homeless and lives out of suitcases. It wins frequently but cannot hear the cheering of its own people.
It is however a team that has proved that just like the nation called Pakistani – we have our flaws but when we are determined, when we are focused and where there are no egos we can rise from ashes to attain fortunes unknown and unheard of.
Yesterday the Pakistan cricket team defeated Afghanistan. It was not the match I enjoyed. It was the electrifying atmosphere. Two nations who together have faced common misfortunes were together on the cricket ground.
A predominantly Pathan crowd danced and cheered and my heart went out to them. Their eyes have seen enough tears.
Yesterday however was common celebration for the two nations who are refugees of the cricket world.
As I watched the match – I made a small prayer – in my life time I may watch Pakistan and Afghanistan play a test match in Kabul or Peshawar.
Whom will I support – none – the spirit of resilience will be supported though!