Morale of 1999 and 2011

Dear Afridi: You don’t need to be sorry! You led the Green Team during a time when nation lost hope right after spot fixing allegations; You led the segregated team & united it once again and made it ready for the world cup, followed through the Group Matches and Quarter-Final and reached the Semi-Final, and not only that you also united the nation under one flag for one cause which wasn’t the winning of world cup alone but also to show the world that Greens despite not being favorites had the potential to be in Semis. Love you, Team Afridi!

Unlike the loss of 1999 world cup to Australia when the morale of every single Pakistani slashed to a greater extent this time the morale of nation Pakistan has soared up like anything despite the loss. At least that is what I have experienced so far. And this is a good thing. Because eventually what matters is going beyond the expectations of millions and reaching to a point, in this case the Semi-Final, which no one genuinely hoped for —  apart from the motivation led by sheer patriotism!

Pakistan Zindabad ~

FIFA World Cup Fever

Spain's defender Joan Capdevila celebrates as the ball slips past Germany's goalkeeper in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal match. Diplomats and staff had gathered in a viewing area at U.N. headquarters in New York City to watch Spain beat Germany. Photo Courtesy: CNN

For almost a month now the FIFA world cup fever is quite high all across the globe. But it is about to over tomorrow, the 11th July 2010, with the final match happening between Spain and Holland. During the FIFA 2010 world cup, not even the United Nations has able to save itself from this intensive FIFA fever.

The CNN news report says:

The world stops for the World Cup, and the United Nations is no exception.

Diplomats and staffers gathered Wednesday in a small viewing area at U.N. headquarters in New York City to watch Spain beat Germany in a World Cup semifinal match, earning the right to face The Netherlands in Sunday’s championship.

For almost a month, World Cup viewing has become a staple of U.N. life.

Watching the game at the United Nations required multitasking ability. During breaks in play, men and women in suits checked their BlackBerrys, but when a goal was scored, the audience was on its feet, yelling and slapping hands as if they were at the stadium.

In a personal manner , the world cup has become more like wearisome after Brazil lost to Holland in a Quarter Final match. I’ve been supporting Brazil in all world cups since 1994, and the losing of yellows-turned-blues that day saddened me a lot.

In any case, I could bear a victory of any team but Deutschland and Dutch.

Let’s see how and who lifts the world cup trophy tomorrow and inscribes its name in the book of FIFA champions. I believe to see see Spain winning. Paul the Psychic Octopus has also predicted that Spain will be the 2010 World Cup champions. If Spain loses, it may help to settle some of the Germans resentment against Paul the Psychic Octopus. Time will tell who is going to be victorious. However, warm wishes to Spain from my side.

Pakistani Team Hanging Between Failures & Fate

Pakistan Vs South Africa T-20 2010 Super-8 -- Photo Courtesy: CricInfo & AFP

Pakistan Vs South Africa T-20 2010 Super-8 -- Photo Courtesy: CricInfo & AFP

Pakistan being in T-20 Semi-Final is, if anything, a divine umpiring went in our favor once again in the lot of so many agains of the past. First, we nearly lost in the first round and prayed for Australia to defeat Bangladesh so that we could move to Super-8 on the basis of Run Rate. Fortunately, God listened to us and we moved to Super-8 cheerfully — and rarely just so. While moving to the 2nd round of T-20 world cup, we richly hoped that we’ll abandon the irresponsible and reckless team behavior and would perform well, but unfortunately the team didn’t cope well in the Super-8 too; However, yesterday’s match with South Africa could be supposed as a little energetic that has made me think again about the banner which was waved by a Pakistani supporter the other day in the pavilion that read: “The team is unpredictable and unreliable, but mostly unpredictable.” But what are the reasons that we’re oft said to be “unpredictable”, yet by the “commentators” apart from the Pakistanis? Why is there too much lack of consistency in the team’s performance?

The politics and the likes of other sleazy factors within the team is said to have been destroying the team for a long time now and that has left the performance of team in the hands of sheer fate — that whatever God will decide, it shall be that way. It’s my opinion that even if we win or lose the T-20, the reckless and devil-may-care gameplay shouldn’t be tolerated by the board as well as the people of Pakistan. I reiterate again, even if we win the T-20 — and I pray we win — we shalln’t tolerate the vicissitudes that occur in the team’s performance perennially. We yet shouldn’t forget the report lately leaked out by the Pakistan Cricket Board about the Pakistan’s humiliating defeat in Australia last season. The report again speaks loud about the factors leading the team to the extreme state of limbo. In any case, I’m emphatic of it that the issues, that has contaminated the performance of our team, need to be addressed in a more serious way than ever. For the better and acceptable performance of the team in the future, this is indispensable. And must we understand the crux that unless the issues affecting the team’s performance aren’t addressed and rectified accordingly, we’ll always keep on hanging between the failures and the fate. It’s high time to put a pause on the gambling on fate. Win or lose, I think one mustn’t make it a primary concern of today particularly.

On top of that, I’m in no favor of fulminating and bashing the team over the media inasmuch as this heightens the pressure on the team; this way team couldn’t fare well by and large, neither a national-bashing campaign could change the performance of the team to good or satisfactory. C’mon. that’s just a game, don’t pretend to be a Momus in this case. Criticizing lightly and positively would just suffice.

A National Victory in T20 Cup — A Political Victory With Hiccups

Pakistan's Victory in T20 Cup

Pakistan's Victory in T20 Cup

After 10 years on 21st June 2009 — I had to vivify my passion for watching cricket the same way it was ages back. In the 1999 worldcup when Pakistan lost in final, I abandoned watching cricket, in fact lost the interest in watching cricket. In the T20 series, I didn’t watch a single match; however, just to keep myself au courant what’s going on in the series I kept on checking cricinfo for scorcards ocasionally. And today, I watched the final with couple of acquaintances and siblings. The match indeed was thrilling. As the phrase goes: A good beginning is half the battle. Pakistani team fared well. I wonder how I was so exuberant while watching the match — I wasn’t, instrinsically. It ostensibly pushed me to the old memories. The last 3 overs were tickling. I was exclaiming: Boom Boom Afridi — It’s the time to show your striking skills. And hereupon, the 98 metres high six Afridi scored — Huge six by a huge sixer. I did feel a shiver in my spine: Here yo go Lala, rock-and-roll. Pakistan won, and I exclaimed with an overweening joy — Zabardast!!

People are happy all-around Pakistan and all those Pakistanis who are outside Pakistan. Pakistanis are happy as their team succeded in being carrying the day. It was a pyrrhic victory — in a sense that Pakistan won a major title after 17 years of falling behind in finals, semi finals and so. There was a kind of war dance in the streets of Pakistan just soon after Pakistan’s victory. People went crazy — some still are. I was galumphing around outside — just like Younis Khan along with his team was galumphing around inside the pavillion.

How could I miss a chance I got after years in Pakistan — of national jubilation. I was strolling around — seeing the celebration all-across. Jubilant Pakistanis all-across streets were chanting slogans: Pakistan Zindabad — Boom Boom Afridi — Dil Dil Pakistan — so on and so forth. Kids I saw at different places were singing “Dil Dil Pakistan” — the patriotic song of Pakistan listened and sung most frequently at such events. It was such nice moment to see all this live after years — to see the 100’s of winding flags of Pakistan ubiquitous. So that was all good — cool as it could be. I was winding my flag, wrapped in green and white too.

Something I came across that changed the cool state of my mind to irritation — the stupid political flags — 10’s of MQM flags carried by number of idiots. What can I expect from the idiot partisans near their HQ — Nine Zero as they say. A lot of idiots having a pillion ride were carrying MQM flags rather than carrying Pakistan’s flag. There were a number of cars I saw having flag of MQM rather than a Pakistani flag. Then as I got more close — I started hearing the stupid political songs of MQM instead of some patriotic tracks. It all changed my good mood and I started wondering, why would people do so? Is it a Political Victory or a National Victory? Is it a Political Achievement or a National Achievement? Is the T20 World Cup Victory belongs primarily to political parties rather than Pakistan? Was it all not stupid? Why can’t we just have jubilation under one flag rather than jubilating under different flags? I know that it’s not all about MQM. This is what I saw live so I’m underlining it here. It does happen in different parts of Pakistan. I saw many PPP flags too, moreover. The Jiyalas are stupid too. In the other parts of Pakistan, there sure would have been jubilant congregations under political party’s flags, and that’s just usual I know. Stupid partisans give major importance to their political party’s flag than the flag of Nation whom they’re residents of — the cliquish people we can find all over Pakistan, alas!!

I came back home. Not that I was tired — but I was rather not in a mood of seeing political flags that started to grew more and more.

Alright, that’s the Pakistan we live in. The nation gets some good news in ages, and then it’s celebrated in conformity to the unity that is more of Political than National.

Making myself to get avoid from listening furthermore political chants — I, hereby, request to chant with National Unity under one National Flag — Pakistan Zindabad!

Anyway, the kinda war dance is still going on in the streets of Pakistan. Victory is always glorious whether it be due to Chance or to Skill. And this time, Pakistani Team has warranted the Victory not just due to the Chance, but Skills as well. Way to go, Greens.