This past year being a die hard fan of Pakistani cricket has
been a hard job. We have gone through every turmoil and conspiracy theory
that a sane mind could think of within these last 12 months. Gone are the days
when we were thought of as a talented but mercurial side with match winners
from pillar to post. Right now we are
the dregs of the seven seas, the nefarious 11, the shady team who will try
anything be it in a glass or a vial to win.
In short it’s been bloody murder.
Like the rain falling down heavily on parched Karachi
soil for the last fortnight, the debacle at the world cup has brought whole
sale and drastic changes to our strategies and aims as a cricketing
nation. It is not easy to be Pakistani
and accept humiliation; we have done much of that in our past as colonial slaves.
Set aside to be the water boys of the lords and dukes who brought this gentleman’s
game to our lands. Obviously that automatically disqualified us from playing in
Our fallen hero, Inzi has all but faded away. This giant of
a man in heart and in his deeds with the bat is now wilting away in Multan,
shocked and grief stricken as a nation bays for his blood, but building a
hospital to satisfy his inner being. We are a thankless nation; we do not do
what is right and then expect heavenly help to intervene at any moment to see
us through the worst of our troubles.
Even today if one engages in conversation to the locals
here, one theme is common. God will help
us, we must trust in him and suffer the fate. Well I say to hell with faith,
its time to make some decisions, and I think a lot of people in the PCB have
had the same change of heart. A young
captain has been appointed, over experiences seniors for the first time in our
history. Shoaib Malik will be around for years after Moyo, so this is the
logical and right choice. Whether he will be able to achieve anything will have
to depend on what kind of support he gets. This past week the PCB has
interviewed several coaches and Dav Whatmore of the aggressive Bangladesh
fame has been chosen to lead from the helm.
Another blessing me thinx as his aggressive strategies with the young
captain adding upto a recipe for a lot of fire works on the pitch rather than
off it in the days to come.
cricket is here to stay, let there be no doubt about that. Ridiculed and nefarious we might look, but we
have talent, loads of it and if we can somehow channel it properly, we can show
the world what we are capable off. The
PCB also has surprisingly announced that it will now make a charter of rules,
to govern things like selection, finances as well as performance related
contracts to make sure every guy in the team knows his place isn’t guaranteed
unless he picks up his load. Sure there
is a long way to go yet, we need a good 5-8 years to get past the last year we
have had, but I can already see it. If Mr Whatmore can do half of what he did
we have the talent to make up for the other half.
Our day is coming Ladies and Gentleman, and when the light
dawns on all of you watching, this humble fan will smile from ear to ear and
maybe say…. Look we have arrived, did I not tell you so? Until that day though… we must strive to play
like we are supposed to, to shine like we used to and to remember what we went
through to get here.