Cricket all the way!
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.