India and Pakistan have diehard fans of cricket whose craze cannot be defined. The love for the game is evident as both the nations are glued to the T.V sets initially and later flood the streets after a match. Be it losing or winning, the lives of the people are orchestrated in accordance to the game. What if this game is not just a game and enters the realm of nationalism and politics or vis-a-versa?
With reference to the recent attack on the BCCI Headquarters in Mumbai, Zaheer Abbas, ICC president said, “Politics and cricket are two different things”. Due to security issues for both the nation’s team, the match will be held in a neutral zone. “Pakistan is not asking India to play in Pakistan. Pakistan is asking for a bilateral series to be played at a neutral venue” said Abbas.
The much awaited Indo-Pak series has been temporally fixed in December. The ICC president said that the entire world is looking forward to this series. In a prolific statement Abbas, also a former batsman of Pakistan said, “Nothing better than India and Pakistan playing each other. The whole world and the people of both India and Pakistan are waiting for the series. The world is hoping that India will give good news to the cricketing world”.
In a humiliating act, Shiv Sena volunteers shouted slogans against PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan who was in Mumbai. The protestors had also poured their wrath over BCCI president Shashank Manohar who was in the meeting. Shiv Sena said that they will not allow any ties with Pakistani’s, be it cricket. Meanwhile, Manohar has invited Khan to proceed with the proposal of the venue and date.