Samir Chopra September 20, 2009

An early vote for India-Pakistan Tests in England

My weekend got off to a rough start, but the news I read this morning, that India and Pakistan might play Test matches at a neutral venue (sometime after 2012) has put a huge smile on my face.
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My weekend got off to a rough start, but the news I read this morning, that India and Pakistan might play Test matches at a neutral venue (sometime after 2012) has put a huge smile on my face.

Hopefully, the sensible thing will be done by staging these in England. India and Pakistan need to stage their Test cricket somewhere else; in stadiums that might actually fill up with loud, enthusiastic fans, of which there will be plenty in England for both teams. Pakistan can regard North England as "home" and India can do the same with the South. Many expats will fly in to watch the games (I would seriously consider flying over for one Test at least), and hopefully, English pitches will co-operate with the weather to produce some result-oriented cricket. The India-Pakistan cricket relationship needs a shot in the arm, and this might do it.

The fact of the matter is that even without the politics that has been getting in the way, India-Pakistan Test cricket in recent years has been a bit of a crashing bore (and not just because both boards have staged too much cricket between the two). The series in 2004 was played in empty stadiums, an especial irony given all the pre-tour hoopla about how desperate the Pakistan cricket fan was to see the Indian team in action. The two series played in India since then have been impressive showcases for India's inability to close the deal in Tests. In both series, India held the upper edge, and managed to royally stuff things up. In the 2004-05 series, they won one Test when Pakistan obligingly rolled over, but failed to drive home the advantage in another, and then completely lost the plot by putting together a nice last-day collapse in the third Test.

In the last series played in India, Pakistan sent over a team which looked so lackluster on the field that I almost felt like asking them to walk back to the pavilion for an intravenous coffee drip. India failed to put this bunch out of their misery as well, managing only a 1-0 win when by all rights they should have wiped the floor with a 3-0 margin. The last Test featured that perennial favorite of Indian Test captains: the meandering, cautious move toward a declaration, which is then delayed so much that a draw is the only outcome possible.

But the crowning glory of India-Pakistan Test cricket in recent times was the series in Pakistan in 2006, which showcased dead pitches and horrendous run-fest snoozes in the first two Tests, before India redeemed matters with a spectacular display of incompetence in the third game (it takes special talent to lose after your quick bowler has taken a hat-trick in the opening over of a Test).

I can only hope with fingers crossed, that the games will be staged in England and that plans will be finalised soon. The current enforced gap is a good thing; it has made cricket between India and Pakistan a little less common, a little more desirable. A good India-Pakistan Test can be the best of the best. But it needs some large crowds and a co-operative pitch or two. I think these will be found in England; I'm sure about the first and optimistic about the second. India and Pakistan will both have attacks capable of exploiting the conditions, the locals will be looking to pick up some bragging rights, and many English fans will turn up to watch as well. It has all the makings of a good summer of cricket. Bring it on.

Samir Chopra lives in Brooklyn and teaches Philosophy at the City University of New York. He tweets here

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  • the_cooz on December 10, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Late commenter on this, but I just had to. I personally think it's a great idea to stage India-Pakistan Tests in England at some stage. Many Indians and Pakistanis live there already (similar to South Africa, which could be another neutral contender), so there will be much interest to begin with. Add to that the many fans who will fly over from India and Pakistan to watch these Tests, and you've got yourself a winner. Plus, England's pitches are much more suited to good Test cricket (where EVERYBODY gets a chance - not flat strips of tarmac the subcontinent only produce too often), so the Tests themselves should be more entertaining. Also, England is the home of Test cricket. Many neutral Test cricket fans will turn out to watch these Tests.

    Just a word of advice - not too often. This should be more of a one-off that the norm.

  • waterbuffalo on September 22, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    Pakistan is synonymous with dead, flat, front foot wickets and empty stadiums. India played to empty stands even against Australia. Both countries have given up on Test cricket, play in England and in Toronto, anywhere, but Pakistan and India. You guys have to be honest about it, and admit that your stadiums cannot be filled during Tests, you can't even get 5,000 in. Which is astonishing considering how good the Indian team is at the moment.

  • Talal on September 21, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    @kumar: for ur information pak has beaten india more in both ODI and test matches..

    @jitender: sports actually bridges countries together..as far as mumbai attacks are concerned they are debatable..but this is not the place to talk abt it..sports and politics shud be separatly delt..who cares abt the world wars and waht they did thats teh past and doesnt mean it was right..

  • Duff on September 21, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    Jitendra man, your anger is misdirected. Do you believe that the cricketers and the cricket fans of Pakistan are responsible for bad things done by these miscreants? They most definitely weren't. Pakistan has lost a more people to these idiots in the recent years then India.

    We ought to use sports to bridge the gap instead of using it to widen it.

  • Ahad on September 21, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    I'm sorry but i dont completely agree with this idea.. I believe that Pakistan and India matches should be held in Dubai rather than England. This is because there are many, many, many more desis in Dubai than there will ever be in England.

    By the way. Right now i believe Pakistan has their best team in long years and India is out of form. Right now.. I'm not saying in overall but right now Pakistans team is better than India's. ANd just in case you ever would care to go back to history, just look at the ratio of wins in the history of India and Pakistan cricket. *Indians silenced*

  • Orlurumsana on September 21, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    To: Kumar & Hari

    Please check the one to one results of all Tests and ODIs played so far b/w india & Pakistan. Pakistan is way ahead and if india couldn't equal it when they have greedy players like Tendulkar, Gangulay & Dravid who have always played for recoders; I don't see them equalling it in the near future :)

    I am pakistani but honestly i have never liked cricket played at pakistani conditions. So i guess it's a great idea to see the two teams play in England. I think we will have result-oriented cricket.

  • Haroon on September 21, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Jitendra: You're right, you lost brothers and sisters in a suicide attack. If anyone understands that it's the Pakistani people. We've been suffering from this cancer for almost a decade. If you think the average Pakistani is happy about the Mumbai attacks, you're sadly mistaken. Once a people has seen as much suffering as we have in such a short space, the last thing you want is to wish it on another, whoever they may be. You personally didn't kill my brother or sister, and I would love to play 9 holes with you mate. Think its time we all dial down the hate. It isn't helping anyone, and its getting really old, and not going anywhere!

  • Haroon on September 21, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    At Kumar satyam, So our records like 92 WC in Australia, Saeed Anwar's 194 against India in Chennai, 2009 T20 WC hold no merit because they were all umpired by Pakistani officials? I see, there I was thinking those records were on neutral grounds, some even in India. If you want to talk about historical home bias, don't forget to check out your own backyard, in fact that goes for pretty much every team. We don't need to beg to play in the IPL, lets look at facts. We were the only team to not participate in the IPL, lo and behold worthy winners. At Hari: Yeah lets look at India and Pakistan's recent performances in England on fast bouncy tracks, oh wait you've been trying to hide your pain about humiliated (yes, humiliated) in the 2009 T20 WC. Y'all were billed as the rock stars, the superstars, defending champions, favourites etc etc. How'd that work out for you? You lost to a Windies team which wasn't even going to take the pitch the day before!!! (and a sub par England team!)

  • AQ on September 21, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    I don't know why you folks are bringing politics and all the crap in cricket. I also don't know why India always blame Pakistan and other muslims for every single incident all the time. I don't know why india has forgotten the samjhota train incident. I don't know why India doesn't learn from Pakistan that it is not good for any country to blame each other. As I don't see Pakistan is blaming India all the time for everything even though it is really easy to create all sorts of true but fake stories. In my views we should forget about blaming the other countries and work together as 2 brother countries, who have so many things alike, which we can't even count. I also know back at home I used to think neighbor country is our enemy but after moving to states I have learned we are just like brothers and very good friends, I don't know why have all of you who are bringing politics try to learn that. Please leave all the politics behind and work together to make indo-pak best in the world.

  • SE Thakurdas on September 21, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Why wait till 2012, bring on the INDIA Vs PAKISTAN on neutral venues as soon as possible. The ICC,Indian and Pakistani cricket boards can work easily to get this organised. Why should the fans and Cricket suffer because of unwanted situations in the relevant countries. Get on with it and get it on.

  • the_cooz on December 10, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    Late commenter on this, but I just had to. I personally think it's a great idea to stage India-Pakistan Tests in England at some stage. Many Indians and Pakistanis live there already (similar to South Africa, which could be another neutral contender), so there will be much interest to begin with. Add to that the many fans who will fly over from India and Pakistan to watch these Tests, and you've got yourself a winner. Plus, England's pitches are much more suited to good Test cricket (where EVERYBODY gets a chance - not flat strips of tarmac the subcontinent only produce too often), so the Tests themselves should be more entertaining. Also, England is the home of Test cricket. Many neutral Test cricket fans will turn out to watch these Tests.

    Just a word of advice - not too often. This should be more of a one-off that the norm.

  • waterbuffalo on September 22, 2009, 10:06 GMT

    Pakistan is synonymous with dead, flat, front foot wickets and empty stadiums. India played to empty stands even against Australia. Both countries have given up on Test cricket, play in England and in Toronto, anywhere, but Pakistan and India. You guys have to be honest about it, and admit that your stadiums cannot be filled during Tests, you can't even get 5,000 in. Which is astonishing considering how good the Indian team is at the moment.

  • Talal on September 21, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    @kumar: for ur information pak has beaten india more in both ODI and test matches..

    @jitender: sports actually bridges countries together..as far as mumbai attacks are concerned they are debatable..but this is not the place to talk abt it..sports and politics shud be separatly delt..who cares abt the world wars and waht they did thats teh past and doesnt mean it was right..

  • Duff on September 21, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    Jitendra man, your anger is misdirected. Do you believe that the cricketers and the cricket fans of Pakistan are responsible for bad things done by these miscreants? They most definitely weren't. Pakistan has lost a more people to these idiots in the recent years then India.

    We ought to use sports to bridge the gap instead of using it to widen it.

  • Ahad on September 21, 2009, 19:09 GMT

    I'm sorry but i dont completely agree with this idea.. I believe that Pakistan and India matches should be held in Dubai rather than England. This is because there are many, many, many more desis in Dubai than there will ever be in England.

    By the way. Right now i believe Pakistan has their best team in long years and India is out of form. Right now.. I'm not saying in overall but right now Pakistans team is better than India's. ANd just in case you ever would care to go back to history, just look at the ratio of wins in the history of India and Pakistan cricket. *Indians silenced*

  • Orlurumsana on September 21, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    To: Kumar & Hari

    Please check the one to one results of all Tests and ODIs played so far b/w india & Pakistan. Pakistan is way ahead and if india couldn't equal it when they have greedy players like Tendulkar, Gangulay & Dravid who have always played for recoders; I don't see them equalling it in the near future :)

    I am pakistani but honestly i have never liked cricket played at pakistani conditions. So i guess it's a great idea to see the two teams play in England. I think we will have result-oriented cricket.

  • Haroon on September 21, 2009, 16:03 GMT

    Jitendra: You're right, you lost brothers and sisters in a suicide attack. If anyone understands that it's the Pakistani people. We've been suffering from this cancer for almost a decade. If you think the average Pakistani is happy about the Mumbai attacks, you're sadly mistaken. Once a people has seen as much suffering as we have in such a short space, the last thing you want is to wish it on another, whoever they may be. You personally didn't kill my brother or sister, and I would love to play 9 holes with you mate. Think its time we all dial down the hate. It isn't helping anyone, and its getting really old, and not going anywhere!

  • Haroon on September 21, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    At Kumar satyam, So our records like 92 WC in Australia, Saeed Anwar's 194 against India in Chennai, 2009 T20 WC hold no merit because they were all umpired by Pakistani officials? I see, there I was thinking those records were on neutral grounds, some even in India. If you want to talk about historical home bias, don't forget to check out your own backyard, in fact that goes for pretty much every team. We don't need to beg to play in the IPL, lets look at facts. We were the only team to not participate in the IPL, lo and behold worthy winners. At Hari: Yeah lets look at India and Pakistan's recent performances in England on fast bouncy tracks, oh wait you've been trying to hide your pain about humiliated (yes, humiliated) in the 2009 T20 WC. Y'all were billed as the rock stars, the superstars, defending champions, favourites etc etc. How'd that work out for you? You lost to a Windies team which wasn't even going to take the pitch the day before!!! (and a sub par England team!)

  • AQ on September 21, 2009, 15:28 GMT

    I don't know why you folks are bringing politics and all the crap in cricket. I also don't know why India always blame Pakistan and other muslims for every single incident all the time. I don't know why india has forgotten the samjhota train incident. I don't know why India doesn't learn from Pakistan that it is not good for any country to blame each other. As I don't see Pakistan is blaming India all the time for everything even though it is really easy to create all sorts of true but fake stories. In my views we should forget about blaming the other countries and work together as 2 brother countries, who have so many things alike, which we can't even count. I also know back at home I used to think neighbor country is our enemy but after moving to states I have learned we are just like brothers and very good friends, I don't know why have all of you who are bringing politics try to learn that. Please leave all the politics behind and work together to make indo-pak best in the world.

  • SE Thakurdas on September 21, 2009, 14:59 GMT

    Why wait till 2012, bring on the INDIA Vs PAKISTAN on neutral venues as soon as possible. The ICC,Indian and Pakistani cricket boards can work easily to get this organised. Why should the fans and Cricket suffer because of unwanted situations in the relevant countries. Get on with it and get it on.

  • SE Thakurdas on September 21, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    Why wait till 2012, bring on the INDIA Vs PAKISTAN on neutral venues as soon as possible. The ICC,Indian and Pakistani cricket boards can work easily to get this organised. Why should the fans and Cricket suffer because of unwanted situations in the relevant countries. Get on with it and get it on.

  • Annonymous on September 21, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    Cricket is just a game. No need to think about more than that. But the way our neighbors are treating us is the sensitive issue. We know what was happened in our past, ‘N’ no of things, but the recent one is Mumbai attack. As a True Indian Muslim. I don’t want to watch the so called Indo/Pak Cricket matches. We should hate to have this kind of crap matches. Ignore Typos.

  • Jitendra S on September 21, 2009, 5:27 GMT

    When we talk about India and Pakistan, I wonder why we talk about cricket. It should be the last thing on Indian mind. How can we forget that our brothers and sisters were killed in Mumbai attack and Pakistan is making a joke of it by releasing people who are responsible for it. India needs to be very aggressive and demanding in this regards. Cricket and politics are not different. The games can survive and revive in harmony. In first and second world war all games stopped because of war and politics. SA was banned from international games because of social and political issues. When you do not have safely..games and arts come last on anyones mind. And how about this. imagine..If I kill your brother or sister and I invite you to play Golf or Cricket ...will you play with me? I am sure you will say no. We can not be so insensitive to innocent lives. Those who are thinking about cricket and pakistan...think again !

  • Hari on September 21, 2009, 2:45 GMT

    Some Pakistan fans are blaming BCCI :) good joke; and somebody even said that Pakistan is going to beat India in England because of the fast pitches and the ball swinging. Tell me how many of the Pakistani batsman are comfortable against such bowling? And the last time India visited England for a test series the scoreline was 1-0 in favor of India. If I remember correctly Pakistan were beaten 3-0 [including the Darrell Hair one], and that team had Inzy in it. And let us not get into the performances in Australia; Pakistan has not won a test there in I don't know how many years...

    PS: Anyway the idea of a India - Pakistan test match is Lords is a very-very brilliant one; the fans will have a jolly good time.

  • vas on September 20, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    I agree that neutral Tests may produce results-orientated cricket, and it also takes out of the BCCI's hands what types of wickets are produced.

    My only concern is that it will place English cricket at a real disadvantage. While the ECB will get on board due to gatetakings and the huge sums offered by TV rights, it will damage the English team in the long run.

    One of the fascinating parts of our game is teams going to different countries and showing how adept they are to playing in foreign conditions. Playing continuous neutral series in England would be great for India-Pakistan cricket, but place the English team at a huge disadvantage.

    If India and Pakistan are able to play their series in England, does that mean the next Ashes series can be played in the subcontinent. That sounds fair.

    And for all those rubbishing the Ashes, the reason it is celebrated is because of its rich history. The way cricket keeps moving forward, cricket must not forget its history.

  • kumar satyam on September 20, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    To Aamir Akhund :

    If pakistanis are so better at reverse swing then why couldn't they beat Australia or srilanka in recently held series.And India crushed both these teams. Perhaps be happy with your ICC rankings : 6th in test and 4th in ODI.

  • kumar satyam on September 20, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    To Aamir Akhund :

    Perhaps you need to know that we defeated you even in 2006 in ODI 4-1 in Pakistan. Perhaps it is baby green who should know that now there are neutral umpire in test matches.So your so called record holds no water.We are still waiting for you to beat us in world cup when there are neutral umpires and no ball tampering. And perhaps you also need to check your test rankings. And yes concentrate on ball tampering and taking drugs.Also don't forget to beg for playing in IPL.

  • Mark on September 20, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    One of the best matches that I have ever seen was West Indies v Pakistan at the Oval some years back. As a neutral, I was sat in the middle of an enthusiastic bunch of fans from both sides and just loved the atmosphere between them as well as some pretty good cricket on the pitch.

    Long live the idea of India v Pakistan in England! A lot of neutrals will enjoy the games too.

  • Rafik on September 20, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    It will be a great decision..no doubt.

  • Ahmer on September 20, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    That's a fabulaous idea...i am Pakistani and I hate to see test match in Pakistan because of couple of reasons..dead wickets and empty stadiums...i love test cricket and I am sure that even english crowd will forget Ashes afet watching Pakistan India Game... @ Rajab: Please don't mix politics with sports..People like you in both countries are horrible..

  • sandeep on September 20, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    Yeah. These English are so obsessed with the Ashes talking of it as the pinnacle of Test cricket. Let them witness the electricity of an Indo-Pak series. I hope it happens. I might fly down to watch it as well from across the Atlantic.

  • mazhar on September 20, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    Pakistan should not play India nowhere in the world. Pakistan should boycott any match with India. I don't understand why PCB want matches with India

  • zahid on September 20, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    you are right, in theory it would be brilliant, but that is why the ECB will never let it happen as nothing can be allowed to compete with the supposedly pre-eminent cricket series in world terms between the number 1 champions Australia and the plucky but uncharismatic and mediocre England team

  • Asif Qureshi on September 20, 2009, 10:49 GMT

    Well said. I will surely consider flying to england for watching the matches (now that the Pakistan team seems to be regrouping). It will be good for cricket. I bet that the environment as well as the contest will beat ashes (if not as good). Also hopefully the crowd in the england will be more "cricket" friendly and leave the politics out.

  • Shoib Ahmed on September 20, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    I dont know why we should cater to all the Demands of Indian Politics and BCCI. There will always be Politics but the game transcends it. Lets play and let the politicians play seperately.

  • Aamir on September 20, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Buddy it better idea to play in neutral vaneu.but remember that we can bit pak team in any pitch of the world.it true that they had world class player in past specially bowler like wasim,but since the retirement of inzemam they have lost their talent.i think they won the T20 by destiny.our indian players were tired that was the problem n we bit them in practice match that enough for our country.we already have one n 1st T20 cup.

  • Nabeel on September 20, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Buddy, I totally agree with you...but the main problem is that the BCCI has been doing its very best to isolate Pakistan from playing cricket. It has to change its nature if it wants any further ties with Pakistan. It also tried to remove all Pak-indo matches in the future FTP. Pakistan wants to play, it doesn't believe in polotics being involved in sports, but I am sure the BCCI thinks the opposite!

  • Aamir Akhund on September 20, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    India not wanting to play in Pakistan. We all know what this is about.. The Baby Blues are just plain n simple to damn afraid of playing us in our backyard. If we take out the 2004 tour they did its pretty obvious that the Baby blues have a pathetic record in Pakistan. May be they think that playing in neutral venue would help them out some how But i must warn the Indian Fans....... England is not a place you would want your players being on field against pakistan. and please if you can understand what will happen over there let me tell you ppl in advance. Ball will swing like crazy and it will not be tampering. It will be reverse swing at its best. and for a sneak peak be sure to tune on the 26th for India Pak match in South Africa

  • jogesh99 on September 20, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    The two teams will be so pysched by the confrontation that they will be incapable of playing quality cricket, and it will be a repeat of the last three series. So maybe its not such a bad idea to play in England after all, we've just seen how the English revel in celebrating mediocrity.

  • Rajab on September 20, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    Which is important cricket or country. Let the Pakistan government show some worthy actions against 26/11 accused. Don't hate me for mixing politics here because ultimately people matters more than the game.

  • Niraj on September 20, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    It is the best part in cricket that two rivals (Ind & Pak)will be playing in neutral venues. A 3-test series will be fine with 2 tests in Eng & 1 in Aus, where we have equal no. of supporters and foes in both countries.

  • ammar on September 20, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    I couldn't agree more..Indian and pakistani pitches are not test caliber...India playing pakistan in england might actually be a blessing in disguise for both India and Pakistan's test future especially pakistan's

  • Abu Sathya on September 20, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    I absolutely second you samir on your idea, for the NEUTRAL venue to be england.With plenty of Cricket thirsty fans from both countries being here I wont be surprised if a Neutral Venue series between these countries in England will grab the headlines of cricket in England same as the ASHES if not more!!

  • eli on September 20, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    that is just a perfect idea but i can't wait till 2012, why not 2011. i srsly want tendulkar 2 play aswell as afridi so that the matches can b fun. PLUS FINALLY, I ONLY DISAGREE WITH U ON 1 POINT.PLAY IN AUS

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  • eli on September 20, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    that is just a perfect idea but i can't wait till 2012, why not 2011. i srsly want tendulkar 2 play aswell as afridi so that the matches can b fun. PLUS FINALLY, I ONLY DISAGREE WITH U ON 1 POINT.PLAY IN AUS

  • Abu Sathya on September 20, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    I absolutely second you samir on your idea, for the NEUTRAL venue to be england.With plenty of Cricket thirsty fans from both countries being here I wont be surprised if a Neutral Venue series between these countries in England will grab the headlines of cricket in England same as the ASHES if not more!!

  • ammar on September 20, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    I couldn't agree more..Indian and pakistani pitches are not test caliber...India playing pakistan in england might actually be a blessing in disguise for both India and Pakistan's test future especially pakistan's

  • Niraj on September 20, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    It is the best part in cricket that two rivals (Ind & Pak)will be playing in neutral venues. A 3-test series will be fine with 2 tests in Eng & 1 in Aus, where we have equal no. of supporters and foes in both countries.

  • Rajab on September 20, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    Which is important cricket or country. Let the Pakistan government show some worthy actions against 26/11 accused. Don't hate me for mixing politics here because ultimately people matters more than the game.

  • jogesh99 on September 20, 2009, 8:50 GMT

    The two teams will be so pysched by the confrontation that they will be incapable of playing quality cricket, and it will be a repeat of the last three series. So maybe its not such a bad idea to play in England after all, we've just seen how the English revel in celebrating mediocrity.

  • Aamir Akhund on September 20, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    India not wanting to play in Pakistan. We all know what this is about.. The Baby Blues are just plain n simple to damn afraid of playing us in our backyard. If we take out the 2004 tour they did its pretty obvious that the Baby blues have a pathetic record in Pakistan. May be they think that playing in neutral venue would help them out some how But i must warn the Indian Fans....... England is not a place you would want your players being on field against pakistan. and please if you can understand what will happen over there let me tell you ppl in advance. Ball will swing like crazy and it will not be tampering. It will be reverse swing at its best. and for a sneak peak be sure to tune on the 26th for India Pak match in South Africa

  • Nabeel on September 20, 2009, 9:26 GMT

    Buddy, I totally agree with you...but the main problem is that the BCCI has been doing its very best to isolate Pakistan from playing cricket. It has to change its nature if it wants any further ties with Pakistan. It also tried to remove all Pak-indo matches in the future FTP. Pakistan wants to play, it doesn't believe in polotics being involved in sports, but I am sure the BCCI thinks the opposite!

  • Aamir on September 20, 2009, 10:33 GMT

    Buddy it better idea to play in neutral vaneu.but remember that we can bit pak team in any pitch of the world.it true that they had world class player in past specially bowler like wasim,but since the retirement of inzemam they have lost their talent.i think they won the T20 by destiny.our indian players were tired that was the problem n we bit them in practice match that enough for our country.we already have one n 1st T20 cup.

  • Shoib Ahmed on September 20, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    I dont know why we should cater to all the Demands of Indian Politics and BCCI. There will always be Politics but the game transcends it. Lets play and let the politicians play seperately.