Cricket Might

Southasia - - ON RECORD - Faisal Sid­diqi Karachi, Pak­istan

It is a great thing that two South Asian cricket teams, namely Pak­istan and Sri Lanka, played a suc­cess­ful Test se­ries re­cently and gave to spec­ta­tors in the ground as well as au­di­ences on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, some very ab­sorb­ing cricket. It was a well fought se­ries and there were ster­ling per­for­mances from both sides that cricket lovers had the op­por­tu­nity to rel­ish. Many records were also bro­ken in the process and it all went to the credit of the play­ers that they of­fered such great en­ter­tain­ment to the public. It is this healthy spirit that the game should al­ways be played. Pak­istan won the Test se­ries 2-1 but they did not make an overly big noise about it. Sim­i­larly, the Sri Lankans took their de­feat in true crick­et­ing spirit and never came across as if they had a spite­ful at­ti­tude.

It needs to be re­al­ized that South Asia has four full ICC sta­tus teams in its midst – In­dia, Pak­istan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This makes it the strong­est cricket play­ing re­gion in the world. In ad­di­tion, two coun­tries that are fast com­ing up on the in­ter­na­tional cricket scene are Afghanistan and Nepal. With his kind of rep­re­sen­ta­tion, it is time that the game of cricket were pa­tron­ized in South Asia on more healthy lines – paving the way in the near fu­ture to even an in­ter­na­tional-level re­gional com­pe­ti­tion.

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