Sunday, March 25, 2007

Come on India and Pakistan; You are the World!

By John Cheeran
You cannot control the events, but you can control the way you react to them.
India have lost the World Cup. So too have Pakistan.
And what’s World Cup without India and Pakistan? Those who take pride in claiming that center of cricket has shifted to India, and in a larger sense, Asian continent, should handle this crisis in the most imaginative way.
The BCCI President Sharad Pawar should talk to the only man who matters in Pakistan, General Pervez Musharaff and organize a one-day series between India and Pakistan teams that exited World Cup without losing much time. They should ensure that the same 15 cricketers should take part in this series, to be played out in two segments, first in Pakistan and then India.
And to keep the excitement at fever pitch, Pawar and Musharaff should appoint an official match-fixer to the series. There will not be any dearth of talent in that area.
Such a series that involves superstars from India and Pakistan should get more TRPs than the devalued World Cup that is being played out in the Caribbean.
The series should take care of the disappointment of television executives and a public that worship brand billboards.ICC’s Malcolm Speed may issue some statements how the BCCI and PCB are hurting the game by holding the parallel series. Let the ICC be damned. Cricket is what happens in India and Pakistan. Yes, we can let Bangladesh join the fun some other time.

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