Indo-Pak cricket December 22, 2012

Two nations better than one?

One recurring fantasy of the Indian cricket fan is to speculate about a combined India-Pakistan team
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One recurring fantasy of the Indian cricket fan is to speculate about a combined India-Pakistan team: If Partition had never happened, India and Pakistan may have fielded the greatest team of all times. Gavaskar and Majid would open the batting, Imran and er, Akram the bowling, Bedi and Qadir would spin anyone out, and so on. Many Indian fans indulge in this sort of rumination; they imagine that they are making some sort of statement of brotherhood and commingling, a giant Kumbaya moment of coming together on the 22 yards of the cricket pitch, a massive festival of candle-lighting at the Wagah Border, its glare bright enough to illuminate a Twenty20 game being played at the Gaddafi Stadium some thirty kilometers away. Thus the Partition, besides being responsible for the untold human misery caused by large population transfers, is also indicted on the charges of having weakened the cricket teams of the subcontinent.

I'm an Indian fan, and I've indulged in this little fantasy myself in the past. I've noticed that more often than not, Pakistani fans do not join in this little exercise in building castles in the air. The reasons are varied: sometimes it's because Pakistani fans who remember Pakistani batting greats of the past, are quite content to build up a fantasy XI that includes Majid, Hanif, Zaheer, Miandad et al with their fast bowling greats and reckon this would be good enough to take on the world. Sometimes it's because in this suggestion of unity, they perceive the elision of Pakistani identity.

Well, today, I'd like to join their camp and suggest that in purely cricketing terms, the Partition was a positive thing. If the Partition had not taken place, India and Pakistan (and Bangladesh) would have fielded one national team, and the thirty-three slots available for an international player - that are currently available for cricket players in the subcontinent - would be replaced by merely eleven. Eleven slots to fulfill the aspirations to play international cricket, earn a living from top-class cricket, and make a career out of the game, for a population of almost 1.5 billion (or is it more now?). Sounds like bad news for cricketers to me.

Due to the creation of Pakistan, a second national cricket team was formed, and eleven more opportunities to play international cricket presented themselves to first-class cricketers in the subcontinent. More cricketers were able to play international cricket and make a living from the game than would have been possible if just one nation had sent a cricket team from the subcontinent. The fallacy in Indian fans' fantasies about a combined India-Pakistan team now stands exposed: it imagines that exactly the same players would be produced in a one-nation system than are by a two-nation system. Not so.

Yes, a combined India-Pakistan team would have been able to call up on the cricketing nurseries of Lahore and Karachi in addition to those in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai etc. But there is no guarantee a stronger team would have resulted. Many players would have been lost in the first-class system, unable to find a place in the international XI, and dropped out from the game altogether.

But, thanks to Partition, more players thought about playing at the highest levels of the game, and accordingly stayed in the game longer. Many of the greats we imagine in our fantasy India-Pakistan team might never have made it to the top level if the two countries had remained as one. We might have been denied the chance to see Asif Iqbal or Dilip Vengsarkar, or perhaps Wasim Bari or Venkataraghavan. Two channels of selection can seek out more talent than one can.

International cricket still does no justice to cricketers the world over by shoehorning them exclusively into national teams and by treating that form of the game as the most lucrative one. The cartel of the ICC and its national boards, with its Full and Associate members, which insists that players play only 'official' cricket, and seek clearance from a national board to play elsewhere, perpetuates this problem. It ensures that promising cricketers can only make it big if their 'national teams' do. Perhaps if cricketers could play for entities other than nations, more of them could make a living from playing the game, whether at home or in some other distant land. A good Afghani player would not need to wait for Afghanistan to become a Full Member of the ICC before he could start playing top-class international cricket.

Cricket players could then make a living not bound by national boundaries, just like professionals all over the world do.

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

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  • Gautam on December 25, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    What a waste of time! Let's stop wasting our time going over this anguish over and over again. Every think of how many careers would have been nipped in the bud or never taken off had there not been two countries. Azhar and Malik could have fixed many more matches. Imran and Kapil would have ended up fighting all the time. Inzy and Siddhu would have run everyone else out all the time.

    Gautam www.tiedtest.blogspot.com

  • Anwar on December 25, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    What about my eleven....

    As a test team, 1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Sayed Anwar 3. Javed Miandad 4. Sachin Tendulker 5. Rahul Dravid 6. M S Dhoni 7. Imran Khan(C) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Unis 10. Abdul kadir 11. Saqlain Mushtaq

  • aashish Dutt on December 25, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Indo-Pak Fantasy Team - Yes!

    Partition better for budding South Asian cricketers and uncovering greater talent on international stage because 3 teams > 1 - Equal Fantasy!

    Probability of 11/1.6 Billion (if there were a single South Asian team) is practically not very different from the probability of 11/1.2 Billion + 11/200 Million + 11/200 Million - current scenario of 3 separate teams.

    Given the size of the subcontinent's population, going from 1 -3 teams is insignificant - we'd probably need to go from 1 - 100 to make a significant difference in the way that you hypothesize!

  • crktfan on December 24, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Nice Idea Samir .. But its all imaginary and not executable.. so my friend come back to reality .. and let the two play each other because that is what they are destined to do ...

  • bala on December 24, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    11 alltime gr8 bowlers from pakistan verses 11 alltime gr8 batsman from india!iam not finding solution who might win coz there is imran,akram etc who can bat very well and there is kapil,sachin,ganguly etc who can bowl well

  • alex on December 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I think people are afraid to see the truth. It is absolutely shocking to me in every way. If pakistan and india together , india would still say we do not have phast bowler as akram says. Hahaha. It is truth. India can make 100 time pakistan fast bowlers . Same gene , same diet. Different people in charge. Elitist in charge of india who picks and conviniently ignore Tall punjabi and meat eating muslim population. 1% of elitist occupy 90% of of 11 spot and the shocking thing is they are not even athletes. Only in IDEAL world india's best and pakistan best will be in one Team. Real world elitist always the evil.

  • khawar on December 24, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    my XI Sachin Tendulkar Zaheer Abaas Rahul Dravid Javed Miandad Sunil gavaskar Hanif Mohammad Kapil Dev Imran Khan cap Wasim Akram Bedi Fazal Mehmood Syed Kermani wk

  • umair on December 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    What about this Team????

    Sachin Tendulkar Saeed Anwar Sunil Gavaskar Rahul Dravid Kapil Dev MS Dhoni(wk) Imran Khan(C) Wasim Akram Waqr Younus Anil Kumble Saqlain Mushtaq

  • Bilal on December 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    You seem to be missing the point of that entire "one team" discussion ... its got nothing at all to do with logic and whether it would be better for cricketers. its just fantasy. stop being such a party-pooper

  • KiwiRocker on December 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I totally agree with Samir that idea of a combined team is much more fancied among Indian fans rather than Pakistani fans. The reality is that Pakistan has always been a superior team in terms of overall record against India in all formats of the game. Only where India has done better is world cup encounters as they have been able to handle pressure better (Mind you India had a home advantage in two of those enounters).This notion of India being a batting powerhouse is slightly misleading as the same set of Indian batsmen have not won anything spectacular for India in decades. Pakistani batsmem are actually grossly under rated. Pakistan has produced some fine batsmen who have actually won matches for Pakistan. I do not see how a combined team would have done better than Pakistani team. Pakistan has the third best ratio of victories behind Australia and SA and India is not even in top five. Another issues would have been India's regional selection system!Idea may not even be implemented

  • Gautam on December 25, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    What a waste of time! Let's stop wasting our time going over this anguish over and over again. Every think of how many careers would have been nipped in the bud or never taken off had there not been two countries. Azhar and Malik could have fixed many more matches. Imran and Kapil would have ended up fighting all the time. Inzy and Siddhu would have run everyone else out all the time.

    Gautam www.tiedtest.blogspot.com

  • Anwar on December 25, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    What about my eleven....

    As a test team, 1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Sayed Anwar 3. Javed Miandad 4. Sachin Tendulker 5. Rahul Dravid 6. M S Dhoni 7. Imran Khan(C) 8. Wasim Akram 9. Waqar Unis 10. Abdul kadir 11. Saqlain Mushtaq

  • aashish Dutt on December 25, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Indo-Pak Fantasy Team - Yes!

    Partition better for budding South Asian cricketers and uncovering greater talent on international stage because 3 teams > 1 - Equal Fantasy!

    Probability of 11/1.6 Billion (if there were a single South Asian team) is practically not very different from the probability of 11/1.2 Billion + 11/200 Million + 11/200 Million - current scenario of 3 separate teams.

    Given the size of the subcontinent's population, going from 1 -3 teams is insignificant - we'd probably need to go from 1 - 100 to make a significant difference in the way that you hypothesize!

  • crktfan on December 24, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Nice Idea Samir .. But its all imaginary and not executable.. so my friend come back to reality .. and let the two play each other because that is what they are destined to do ...

  • bala on December 24, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    11 alltime gr8 bowlers from pakistan verses 11 alltime gr8 batsman from india!iam not finding solution who might win coz there is imran,akram etc who can bat very well and there is kapil,sachin,ganguly etc who can bowl well

  • alex on December 24, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I think people are afraid to see the truth. It is absolutely shocking to me in every way. If pakistan and india together , india would still say we do not have phast bowler as akram says. Hahaha. It is truth. India can make 100 time pakistan fast bowlers . Same gene , same diet. Different people in charge. Elitist in charge of india who picks and conviniently ignore Tall punjabi and meat eating muslim population. 1% of elitist occupy 90% of of 11 spot and the shocking thing is they are not even athletes. Only in IDEAL world india's best and pakistan best will be in one Team. Real world elitist always the evil.

  • khawar on December 24, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    my XI Sachin Tendulkar Zaheer Abaas Rahul Dravid Javed Miandad Sunil gavaskar Hanif Mohammad Kapil Dev Imran Khan cap Wasim Akram Bedi Fazal Mehmood Syed Kermani wk

  • umair on December 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    What about this Team????

    Sachin Tendulkar Saeed Anwar Sunil Gavaskar Rahul Dravid Kapil Dev MS Dhoni(wk) Imran Khan(C) Wasim Akram Waqr Younus Anil Kumble Saqlain Mushtaq

  • Bilal on December 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    You seem to be missing the point of that entire "one team" discussion ... its got nothing at all to do with logic and whether it would be better for cricketers. its just fantasy. stop being such a party-pooper

  • KiwiRocker on December 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I totally agree with Samir that idea of a combined team is much more fancied among Indian fans rather than Pakistani fans. The reality is that Pakistan has always been a superior team in terms of overall record against India in all formats of the game. Only where India has done better is world cup encounters as they have been able to handle pressure better (Mind you India had a home advantage in two of those enounters).This notion of India being a batting powerhouse is slightly misleading as the same set of Indian batsmen have not won anything spectacular for India in decades. Pakistani batsmem are actually grossly under rated. Pakistan has produced some fine batsmen who have actually won matches for Pakistan. I do not see how a combined team would have done better than Pakistani team. Pakistan has the third best ratio of victories behind Australia and SA and India is not even in top five. Another issues would have been India's regional selection system!Idea may not even be implemented

  • Syed Ammar Saeed on December 24, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    But the chairman of cricket board must be from Pakistan....lol and imagine what could be the name of T20 league then....still the sameIPL...Indo Pak League....

  • Faisal on December 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Nice blog but now also practically it is possible if BCCI allow Pak players to come Join IPL teams as most of other boards who organize T20 limited over tournament invite Pak players like big bash , BPL and SPL therefore it can still be possible. More over if u combines these two team it would be a nightmare for the selectors to select a single playing 11 :)

  • bluefunk on December 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Definitely an interesting exercise from a cerebral point of view, but I doubt it would have been viable in pragmatic terms. Note what history tells us -- the pre-partition subcontinental cricket team were hardly world beaters. With due apologies to the tolerant, peaceful majorities in both nations, I find it hard to believe that cricket would have been allowed to retain its meritocracy in team selection (with all its flaws) if partition had not happened. Right-wing elements on both sides of the border might well have hijacked the sport, and we would probably end up being saddled with quotas and have been still stuck with divisive first-class fixtures like the quadrangulars. Would the tighter competition have made for a better team? Maybe. But I doubt team-selection in purely cricketing terms would ever have been allowed or practically possible. And so, with the burden of history to bear, the present is all we have...

  • Arun on December 23, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    The true reason that India was partitioned was to separate the bowlers from the batsmen. So Pakistan has the best bowlers in the subcontinent while India has the best batsmen.

    My eleven: Sunil Gavaskar Hanif Mohammad Vijay Merchant Rahul Dravid Javed Miandad Vinoo Mankad Syed Kirmani (wk) Imran Khan (captain) Wasim Akram Abdul Qadir Bishen Singh Bedi

  • oops on December 23, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    samir, i recall at one point i wanted you fired from cricinfo.com for being a pakistan hater and india triumphalist. i now think you are a true lover of the sub-continent. i salute you and your spirit. sorry, i was dead wrong about you.

  • Wajahat Mehdi on December 23, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Another benefit of partition in cricketing terms, is that we get to anticipate and watch India/Pakistan matches.

  • The Mule on December 23, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Test XI: 1. Sunil Gavaskar 2. Syed Anwar 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Mohammad Haneef 6. Imran Khan 7. Kapil Dev 8. Syed Kirmani 9. Wasim Akram 10. Abdul Qadir 11. Bishen Bedi

  • tanvir on December 23, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    great and nice article ever

  • CricIsFake on December 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I agree with the writer though it remains a fact that India remains a batting powerhouse while Pakistan remains the home for champion bowlers.

    It is an interesting and quite a valid point about cricket should not being restricted to national team only and role of ICC in this respect. However the way, T20 cricket has become a money spinning machine is not also an ideal way to promote cricket. I consider 50 over cricket as the most boring of all formats which should be discarded along with T20 replacing it with a more suitable version 25 overs a side. Bilateral series should be reduced gradually and a Test Championship comprising all test playing nations should be introduced which should be on both home and away matches rather than compressing fixtures into one short period and choosing a single country as host.

  • zeeshan on December 23, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I see your point but I'm not sure that the loss would be exceptional as far as talent goes. Pakistan has selected far too many mediocre batsmen who have played out for a decade. And I can't think of a single Indian bowler in the past twenty years (other than Kumble) who has been world class. I also feel errant but exhilarating talents like Asif and Akhtar would've been better served by the BCCI than the PCB.

    As a fan of both teams (though I'm Pakistani), I often wish both teams were more competitive in test cricket. With a Pakistani bowling attack and predominantly Indian batting line-up, I think we would've been difficult to beat.

    I mean this attitude probably also a reflection of my own disappointment with Pakistan's consistently underwhelming test performances in the last twenty years and India's recent humiliations and delusional attitude towards resolution.

  • Arun on December 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    What if, instead of the great Ind and Pak players getting selected, players from East Bengal got selected? What then?

  • mal on December 22, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    yes the combined Indo-Pak team would have been a great side. But then there would have been no India- Pakistan Iconic Cricket rivalry. It is same as saying England and Australia (once part of British empire) would make a great combined team but who would they play against as their will be no Ashes cricket series anymore.

  • Ram on December 22, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    My teams in this case -

    Best Test XI =========== 1. Gavaskar 2. Farook Engineer (WK) 3. Dravid 4. Tendulkar 5. Miandad 6. Imran Khan (C) 7. Kapil Dev 8. Akram 9. Saqlain 10. Kumble 11. Younis

    Can't place Zaheer Abbas as Dravid is my No. 3. If Majid Khan is in team, who would do the keeping? Kumble is better match winner than Qadir. Sorry for the spin quartet of India.

    Best ODI XI =========== 1. Tendulkar 2. Ganguly 3. Dravid (WK) 4. Inzamam 5. Miandad 6. Imran (C) 7. Kapil Dev 8. Akram 9. Younis 10. Kumble 11. Saqlain

    Just hope Dravid is ready to keep the wickets as it would great benefit to the overall balance of the team.

    So, guys what do you think?

  • Nomi on December 22, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    India is still too big for its cricketers' good. By Samir's logic, it should be divvied up, thus creating more jobs for those who can't find a spot in the current eleven.

  • Umer on December 22, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Standard blog by Samir Having little digs at Pakistan, while showing his partisan colours I know plenty of pakistanis that discuss a combined India pak team Why does cricinfo continue to allow you to peddle your drivel on it's site?

  • Jawwad on December 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Samir. Thanks for the write up. As Pakistani fans, we may not have penned down but I can tell you many of us had thought or fantasize of a combined India-Pakistan in our minds and in office chats many a times. It's just impossible to ignore the joint talent we have produced over the years. So, it's natural to wish all of that talent combined and see a finished product before us. This also proves that we Indians and Pakistanis not only respect but admire and revere each others players and that just may be one other good thing of Partition.

  • mama on December 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    we can definately have a combined team despite the partition. in fact have two combined teams and have a match. next there can be a combined austrlian and new-zeland team and so on. the idea is exciting and it should be taken forwards. have an indopak team against the world challage. guess it would be fun but we will still loose.

  • vaidya on December 22, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Lured in by the title. That's 2 minutes am never going to get back.

  • Jack Mendel on December 22, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Interesting article. I think that India would have had a lot more quicks coming through had there not been two separate countries. In India the reason quicks are not produced in the same fashion Pakistan do (despite similar subcontinental pitches) is because of legacy.

    Young Pakistani kids growing up wanting to be Akram, younis, Shoaib and Gul.. Young Indians want to be.. erm.. Munaf Patel and Bishan Bedi??

    If there were a few India/Pakistan seamers i think you would be getting a much better legacy to live up to.

  • Azhar on December 22, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Samir, I agree with you 100%. It would be almost impossible to find a young player like Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir,Younas Khan, Aqib Javed, etc. Why? Because these players are from small cities or villages (I am a Pakistani fan that is why, I stuck with Pakistani players). Who would have the courage to select players from Swabi, Mardan, Sheikhupura, Gujar Khan, etc when you have Lahore, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi to please first? Also, fans fantasize batsmen from India and bowling from Pakistan. That is unfair to Indian bowlers like Kumble, Kapil, Bedhi, etc and Pakistani batsmen like Inzamam, Miandad, Zaheer, etc. What formula do you follow? And I bet you India can field 3 cricket teams and there won't be a shortage of quality players except fast bowlers. There are so many players who are dying to get a chance but can't because there are only 11 slots available. Anyway good article. I thought about the same topic a few times as well but it is just fantasy 11.

  • Wakakazi on December 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If we were one cricketing nation, all we'd have right now this same Indian team with a few batsmen from the present day Pakistan; we all in Pakistan would emulate Gavaskar, Tendulkar and we'd have not seen the appreciation for bowling or it could have gone the other way, everyone in subcontinent emulating Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan and the W's but and in terms of result we'd have been no more different than we are now because only 11 players have to play and, pick it from 1 billion or 1 billion and 170 million, it would have been the same but I do think If Pakistan had Dhoni in the present team and Gavaskar, Vengsarkar back then; our track record would have been brilliant.

  • awam on December 22, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    So that all can end up in IPL?

  • Waheed Rizvi on December 22, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    WOW Mr. Samir its a very good aritcale regarding building good relations between two nations. its a great effort. I must be with you if this going to be happend sooner or later. Good Idea

  • FaizY on December 22, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    As a Pakistani i have also imagined a combined IndoPak team many time it would have been a great sight to see tendulkar akhtar akram and sehwaq playing together it's really sad that we won't be able to see a combine indoPak team because of the partition,if there had been no partition our team would have been invincible.

  • Awam on December 22, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    hmmmmm.... 11 slots are certainly up for grab in Indian team.

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  • Awam on December 22, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    hmmmmm.... 11 slots are certainly up for grab in Indian team.

  • FaizY on December 22, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    As a Pakistani i have also imagined a combined IndoPak team many time it would have been a great sight to see tendulkar akhtar akram and sehwaq playing together it's really sad that we won't be able to see a combine indoPak team because of the partition,if there had been no partition our team would have been invincible.

  • Waheed Rizvi on December 22, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    WOW Mr. Samir its a very good aritcale regarding building good relations between two nations. its a great effort. I must be with you if this going to be happend sooner or later. Good Idea

  • awam on December 22, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    So that all can end up in IPL?

  • Wakakazi on December 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If we were one cricketing nation, all we'd have right now this same Indian team with a few batsmen from the present day Pakistan; we all in Pakistan would emulate Gavaskar, Tendulkar and we'd have not seen the appreciation for bowling or it could have gone the other way, everyone in subcontinent emulating Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan and the W's but and in terms of result we'd have been no more different than we are now because only 11 players have to play and, pick it from 1 billion or 1 billion and 170 million, it would have been the same but I do think If Pakistan had Dhoni in the present team and Gavaskar, Vengsarkar back then; our track record would have been brilliant.

  • Azhar on December 22, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Samir, I agree with you 100%. It would be almost impossible to find a young player like Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir,Younas Khan, Aqib Javed, etc. Why? Because these players are from small cities or villages (I am a Pakistani fan that is why, I stuck with Pakistani players). Who would have the courage to select players from Swabi, Mardan, Sheikhupura, Gujar Khan, etc when you have Lahore, Karachi, Mumbai, Delhi to please first? Also, fans fantasize batsmen from India and bowling from Pakistan. That is unfair to Indian bowlers like Kumble, Kapil, Bedhi, etc and Pakistani batsmen like Inzamam, Miandad, Zaheer, etc. What formula do you follow? And I bet you India can field 3 cricket teams and there won't be a shortage of quality players except fast bowlers. There are so many players who are dying to get a chance but can't because there are only 11 slots available. Anyway good article. I thought about the same topic a few times as well but it is just fantasy 11.

  • Jack Mendel on December 22, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Interesting article. I think that India would have had a lot more quicks coming through had there not been two separate countries. In India the reason quicks are not produced in the same fashion Pakistan do (despite similar subcontinental pitches) is because of legacy.

    Young Pakistani kids growing up wanting to be Akram, younis, Shoaib and Gul.. Young Indians want to be.. erm.. Munaf Patel and Bishan Bedi??

    If there were a few India/Pakistan seamers i think you would be getting a much better legacy to live up to.

  • vaidya on December 22, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Lured in by the title. That's 2 minutes am never going to get back.

  • mama on December 22, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    we can definately have a combined team despite the partition. in fact have two combined teams and have a match. next there can be a combined austrlian and new-zeland team and so on. the idea is exciting and it should be taken forwards. have an indopak team against the world challage. guess it would be fun but we will still loose.

  • Jawwad on December 22, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Samir. Thanks for the write up. As Pakistani fans, we may not have penned down but I can tell you many of us had thought or fantasize of a combined India-Pakistan in our minds and in office chats many a times. It's just impossible to ignore the joint talent we have produced over the years. So, it's natural to wish all of that talent combined and see a finished product before us. This also proves that we Indians and Pakistanis not only respect but admire and revere each others players and that just may be one other good thing of Partition.