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.