Friday, June 19, 2009

A Small Ray of Light in the Darkest of Hours

Yesterday the Pakistani Cricket team surprised everyone by defeating South Africa in the semi-final of the T20 World cup in England. In the last 24 hours, the tv channels media have shown unprecedented scenes of joy amongst the Pakistanis at home and abroad.

I have hardly watched a single match of 20-20 format. But its not the game per say but the message that it gives that matters to me. In times of war, suicide bombings, anarchy when everything seems to be falling apart, something good can happen to us. It feels strange becuase there has not been much of good news coming out of Pakistan. Every morning i brace myself for news of someone being blown into pieces somewhere. Everytime when i find myself grieving for these people that i never knew, life seems cruel and tragic. So in times like these, when there is collective fear, paranoia and anxiety all around, a bit of good news feels great. Our cricket team reflects the rest of the society. As everything has declined in the last 2-3 decades, so has cricket. Now all of sudden there is something good to look forward to for people across the vast landscape of this country. The headline news is not about military operations in Swat, suicide attack in Islamabad or ethnic violence in Balochistan. It is about cricket.

Come on Pakistani tigers....just give your best. We all need to only put in our best effort in times like these.

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