Cricket all the way!

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Ban­ga­lore, In­dia Nandita D. Gupta

SouthAsia’s cover story on cricket was def­i­nitely a treat for the lovers of the game as it cov­ered al­most ev­ery as­pect of the sport. Be­ing a cricket fan since my child­hood, I could not wait to read the ar­ti­cles and here’s what I have to say about it. Javed An­sari en­cap­su­lated cricket’s past, present and fu­ture in a con­cise way, So­haib Alvi added a lit­tle bit of drama to the topic with his ar­ti­cle, Saad Amanullah raised the per­ti­nent is­sue of fa­voritism while S. G. Ji­la­nee’s ar­ti­cle of­fered in­ter­est­ing tid­bits about the his­tory of cricket in South Asia. Chishty Mu­jahid’s in­ter­view was very ed­uca­tive and in­for­ma­tive.

How­ever, I think the ad­di­tion of one as­pect of the game would have com­pleted the pic­ture: the var­i­ous scan­dals of crick­eters that emerged from time to time. From drug is­sues to lav­ish life­styles to re­la­tion­ships with film stars, crick­eters of South Asia have al­ways been in the news for one rea­son or an­other. Some Pak­istani crick­eters be­came fa­mous for their af­fairs with In­dian ac­tresses while oth­ers were no­to­ri­ous for their ‘off-the-ground’ ac­tiv­i­ties. I’m sure it would have made an in­ter­est­ing read. That said, all the ar­ti­cles were good and I hope to read such qual­ity stuff in the com­ing is­sues too.

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