I have been living life in a vacuum for the past few days.. yes sir, my left eyes sudden inflammation prompted my doctor to proclaim all screen related activities such as TV, PC, Iphone completely off for a period till said inflammation gets better. Thus with no input other than word of mouth or music I have been living life as it was lived back in the day. Not that i have emerged any worse for wear because of it as I have rested and am now almost ready to go digi all over again.
However the first news I have feasted my eyes upon since re emergence of sorts has been the debacle of auctioning in IPL two day ago and believe me it has my blood boiling. The very gall of the BCCI and the cricket authorities in India who have since then been claiming that the fact of no pakistani player being picked has nothing to do with politics is mind boggling. What do they think the people of Pakistan are, mindless morons? Who will nod their heads and accept the fact that they have a T20 player better than “Shaih Afridi” or “Umar Akmal” or “Sohail Tanveer” in those ranks the Indian clubs have picked? Do they expect us to swallow the rhetoric given by Shukla on Geo tv a day ago about clubs only wanting to pick players who can bring them success?
Bloody hell, Pakistan is the reigning T 20 world champion, so Shukla sahab before you tell us why and how your IPL teams pick players from auctions do I need to remind you of the fact that Pakistan beat teams comprising of all those players to win the final of the T20 world cup? Why cannot the Indians call a spade a spade like some writers in their journalistic community have pointed out here and here and say that this was a decision manipulated purely by the hawks in the Indian establishment and the war mongers in the Indian government.
I admit that the recent aman ki faktha/asha endevour started by the Jang group and the Times of India was a laudable measure but we should realize as a nation, that even though there are people who want peace with their neighbors in India and they are raising their voice they are far outweighed by the hawks who cannot bear the existence of Pakistan. These hawks will do their utmost to snub, humiliate and bring down any peace initiative and what took place at the IPL auction was an extension of this.
Our parliamentarians by not going through with their peace mission to India have taken a credible stand for their teams respect. We should do the same and ban IPL completely from our cable networks, in fact I say we go a step further and ban all Indian content in Pakistan until they can prove to us that they are ready to weigh our media and our sportsmen on scales of merit rather than hypocrisy.
India can keep trumpeting to the world that they are serious about being a regional leader and have a state which operates on the principles of fairness and justice but they will never be recognized as such as long as practices like these continue in their sporting bodies. It is their right to pick whom they want but at least they should make it clear what the decision was based on rather than pussy footing around the real issue and claiming its not their fault.
The IPL without the best players of T20 “us Pakistanis” will only be a spectacle of lights as far as I am concerned. Shame on you India, some democracy you are!!! Shame on you!!