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No tears for this World Cup loss

Kamran Abbasi

The ICC's decision to drop Pakistan as a venue for the next World Cup is a reasonable one. Pakistan's failure to protect Sri Lanka's cricketers looks even more shocking considering the level of security that now surrounds Pakistan's players. The failures of Pakistan's government and cricket board will take many years to recover from.

In the meantime, Pakistan cricket must focus on what is important: ensuring that it retains a viable domestic structure and regular international cricket. Trotting the globe is a lifeline for Younis Khan's team, an imposition that offers their only hope to remain competitive. When Pakistan take the field against Australia next week they should breathe in the relief of their new nomadic way, embrace it, and make it a success.

Of course, the international community should do more to support cricket in Pakistan but we know it won't. In these circumstances, hosting international matches is unimportant provided that neutral venues can secure sufficient revenue to sustain Pakistan cricket. A cricket series or tournament is fundamentally a revenue generating opportunity; for proof look no further than the IPL in South Africa. But keeping the sport alive is the utmost priority, and the lost chance to host a World Cup and other international matches is the least of Pakistan's problems.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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Posted by Chris Moulder on (April 27, 2009, 7:54 GMT)

I have absolutely failed to understand ICC philosophy and I am rather smelling the rat behind this decision of taking the world cup hosting away from Pakistan only, knowing the fact India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka facing the same situation. It would be better if all the countries have “sport’s men spirit” and it would be even better if ICC keeps itself from politics and play fair, but again we have a recipe of disaster in our hand when countries like Australia and India is on the board of ICC, these countries need to get off from their attitude of “Cry Babies” and play the game called “Cricket

Posted by Taj on (April 20, 2009, 8:23 GMT)

i was trying to keep myself away frm this discussion untill i read Asiya Zeban, which date is she living in?? she is trying to compare Benazir's asassination to tht of Mahatma Gandhi,lol..tht tells lot about your knowledge level.And mrs.Indira Gandhi was killed by her own body guard and her son Rajiv Gandhi was killed by LTTE agent. so wht you were trying to compare "mohttarma".Better do gud research next time.

Posted by sameer on (April 20, 2009, 7:37 GMT)

Blaming BCCI or India for this ICC decision is ridiculous. Entire Pakistan state s in a state of denial. Better thing to do would be fight out the battle with the Taliban and end terrorism, stop sponsoring terrorism. And then international cricket and teams would return to pakistan.

how is bcci responsible for this i am stumped at this notion. jingoism never works and unfortunately the coach, the pcb are doing just that.

Posted by V on (April 20, 2009, 7:11 GMT)

Let there be peace between the two countries. Pakistani players aren't playing the IPL because the PCB did not allow them to do so.

Posted by Davesh on (April 20, 2009, 6:29 GMT)

Well in a way its strange but it has become a habit of late. I read so many comments from pakistan fans blaming BCCI for not allowing Pakistan players in IPL. Well for one, its Indian Premier League and by and large the sentiments amongst Indians are that they don't want pakistan association in Indian things after 26/11. Secondaly, initially it was PCB who didn't give the security clearance to pakistan players for IPL and now they want Pakistan players to be inducted. PCB is a habitually indecisive body and it shouldn't expect the BCCI to be equally indecisive - disallowing one moment and allowing very next moment. Thirdly and more importantly Pakistan has a series against Australia. Why don't they concentrate on that ? It has become a habit for Pakistan/PCB to blame India for everything, yet expect India/BCCI to bail them out everytime they are in crisis. Pakistan needs decisiveness and resolve at this moment to get themselves out of this terrorism crisis . Be it the PCB or the Pakistani government. Denial will not help.

Posted by avis on (April 20, 2009, 5:53 GMT)

I amazed at some of Pakistani fans who are more bothered about why WC would be played in other countries of India Sub-Continent (and not in Pakistan) rather than breaking the security promise given to SL Team. Lets say we go ahead and WC matched be played in Pakistan. Can you genuinely think and let others know which country would want to play in Pakistan (even after 2 yrs bcos WC event is more prone to attackes bcos of the international media coverage). And in that case all the 14 matches in Pakistan would be eventually fortified and no games will be actually played. Why make "tamasha" of WC and yourself. Please look into internal security and try to implement measures with honesty and sincerity instead of just cribbing and being in self-denial. Regarding no Pakistani players in IPL, that is bcos they have been refused by their own govt and board. Regarding security in India, India did eventually move to SA for IPL bcos of elections instead of being self denial and arguing nonsense

Posted by Kumar on (April 20, 2009, 5:38 GMT)

PollyAnna, Unlike the world cup where every country has the right to field a team, IPL is purely a business venture. Once Pakistan refused permission to its players to play in this years' IPL, the IPL teams went ahead and filled their teams with others. Note that they also have a salary limit for their teams as part of the rules of the tournament. Now the tournament is being held in SA, many of the teams are even sending back many team members to India because they dont want to pay for their expenses. The team owners are not going to spend more money than what is profitable. Under these circumstances how do you expect them to take Pakistanis. Further, since it was the Pak government which denied them participation in the first place, shouldn't you be blaming the government? Or, are you like most other Pakistani cricket lovers who are in denial and want to attribute every Pakistani failure to US/India/Israel conspiracies?

Posted by Bala Varadarajan on (April 20, 2009, 4:36 GMT)

A very good article by somebody within Pakistan who is not in denial mode. Unfortunately, hatred of India has become part of the DNA of all Pakistan Governments (civil and military) and this seems to be shared by the majority. It is hard to escape the conclusion that Pakistan is now a rogue state. Like South Africa in the 70s and 80s, Pakistan should be banned from all the International Sport for indulging in State sponsored terrorism. I think Pakistan is getting off lightly (compared to South Africa) as many countries are willing to play sport with them on neutral venues.

Posted by Varun, Berkeley on (April 20, 2009, 1:54 GMT)

I highlight abbas' comments

"Tournaments come and go, but the memory of teror may pervail forever. Keeping in view of (proven) weak security structure of India. i would like to make a recomendation that the no cricketing event comprising of more than 2 teams should be played in india. indians live in false sense of security. keeping in view the indigenous naxalite,kashmiri,dakkan,sikh etc freedom movements working in india. it would be really a good idea for these respected organizations to get thier revenge or a good news coverage atleast. So i would advice all the non indians to increase the awareness about the horrific position of indian stability to the world which it is under constant self denial. ps: india does not ends in mumbai or few cities but their are other "no go" areas."

I am not one for autocratic forum and comment admins, but this is offensive, and i daresay, illegal in some countries. Did he just implore terrorists to attack India?

Posted by keith moon on (April 20, 2009, 0:01 GMT)

I find it very funny that most people are blaming India and the BCCI. The Pakistan government said that it cannot send its players to the IPL because India is not safe for its players and hence there are no Pakistan players in the IPL. Second, for the Champions trophy, India was willing to come to Pakistan but countries like New Zeland, Australia and South Africa and the West Indies pulled out of playing in Pakistan. Third, after the Mumbai attacks(caused by Pakistani terrorists and army) India refused to tour and Srilanka did and got attacked in Lahore. The BCCI did its best to support the PCB and it cannot be blamed for the PCB's ills. So quit talking like the PCB is a victim considering how poorly it is managed. Lastly Lalit Modi is a brilliant administrator. Obviously a lot of people are very jealous about how he managed to bring Indian Cricket to such strength because Indian cricketers are really well managed. I hope my comments are posted.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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