India will Need Us Again


India will Need Us Again

The legendry Wasim Akram recently bowled a grazing yorker at the big hitters of IPL, yet again with his trademark jab. “Batsmen are scoring easy runs in IPL in the absence of Pakistani bowlers.”

 

Right words at the perfect timings. With all major bowling brands on ruthless display, one cannot ignore the absence of speedy freight trains from Pakistan in IPL. Think for a moment, would willows of Gayle, Hussey, Sharma and Kohli make as much noise in the presence of dangermen like Gul, Razzaq, Junaid, Irfan, Afridi, Rana Naveed, Wahab and the ever dependable Saeed Ajmal? A candid reply would be a BIG NO…..

 

Our bowlers are master-chefs of a shorter format and their recipe in various leagues cements Akram’s point. (Not to forget Sohail Tanveer’s heroics in the inaugural IPL)

 

So while the rest of the arms men are perspiring profusely in the Indian heat, why are our boys forced to take siesta? No millions for answering this one, the 26/11 Mumbai attacks exclusively shunned Pakistani cricketers from the cash-raining bonanza.

 

And this is where I want to shake readers’ attention.

 

“The entire Indian nation stood united in maligning Pakistan for the bloody attacks and shutting doors on all cricketing ties was amongst their initial response. Fueling the flames further, BCCI completely scrapped off its 2009 tour to Pakistan, depriving fans of action and PCB from much needed finances. Their policy bars them from playing us at any neutral venue and we only meet in ICC events.“

With the hanging of Kasab on 21st November last year and anti-Pakistan sentiments touching the heights of Hiroshima’s black clouds, how could the hostile neighbor that didn’t even want to discuss bilateral ties, suddenly turn congenial and go all out to invite our national team to fill its stadiums just a month later?

The magical ointment that suddenly soothed blazing emotions must have been bottled in commercialism. For the real answer one has to consider India’s humongous financial power and the nation’s insatiable appetite for cricket.

 

BCCI’s juggernauts smartly squeezed a quick series between the windows available during England’s split tour to India. While the Englishmen went back home to sing Christmas carols, we packed our bags to earn handsome cash for the blue-shirts.

 

Let’s take a quick look at huge amounts that forced India to bend all rules and allow Green Shirts and Flags to charm its stadiums. When India play Pakistan at home, the Tv viewership can be anywhere between 130-140 million. Plain translation, “There is BIG money to be made.”

 

According to Indian industry sources, ESPN STAR, the official broadcaster of the series paid BCCI Rs 322.6 million per match. On the advertising front, the spot rate for the ODIs was Rs 7-7.5 lakh while the T20 was sold at a mind-boggling Rs 9 lakh per 10 second.

 

Sanjay Kailash, Executive Vice President, ESPN India, was obviously delighted with the resumption of the one-sided series, and won’t he be? Just 5 days of cricket made his organization richer by Rs 140 billion.

 

According to Sanjay, “We have monetized India Pakistan ODIs at a rate which is double as compared to the historical industry average. Even rates for India-Pakistan T20 are double than that of IPL, which is at about Rs 5 lakh for a 10-second spot.”

 

Consider this too; the ongoing India-England series at that time, the 10 sec spot were sold at half the price at around Rs.3.5 lakh for the ODIs and Rs.4.25-4.5 lakh for the Twenty20 matches. While the 2011 WC Pak-India semi-final saw the 10-second spot going for a record Rs.13.5 lakh

 

With stakes that high, no wonder, National Integrity could rest in back stage for a while.

Smart on BCCI’s part, isn’t it? Now what did PCB earn from this hustle and bustle?

Ejaz Butt, the former chairman had inked this series while putting up some legitimate demands with BCCI. Sadly, the Indian board brushed aside each one of them.

To start with, since the cancelation of India’s 2009 tour to Pakistan, it was Pakistan’s turn to host a series. That cancelation had dented PCB revenue with $40 million as a waiver to Ten Sports.

 

PCB then asked for a revenue sharing formula on a 50-50 basis, again flatly refused. In came the new chairman Zaka Ashraf and he too failed to get any words to keep, not even a guarantee for a compensation tour, and still we jogged ahead.

 

The sad point is that there was no dearth of warning signals, even from some of our own trusted men. Ehsan Mani, former ICC president was amongst the first to caution, discrediting the tour a misadventure without any reciprocity.

 

PCB’s faulty didn’t end here; it bowed to India’s proposal while stepping on the throat of a FTP tour to Zimbabwe, the same Zimbabwe that visited Pakistan in 2008 while many had turned their backs. Adios to abiding by principles and rubbing shoulders with friends.

 

As was predicted, a few days after the tour BCCI refused to send Indian team to Pakistan in august this year citing security reasons and also rejected playing at any neutral venue.

 

At the end, who stood to gain from this series? Cricket? rubbish, a meaningless schedule like this doesn’t do the game any good. Fans? Yes, they did enjoy a short lived thriller. BCCI? Déjà vu, both their hands dipped in the honey pot. PCB? Betrayal, humiliation, empty coffers and punch in the face.

 

I firmly believe in diving into the past and chunking out morals. Zaka Ashraf’s men will have to learn that self-dignity is above anything else. Yes, we are desperate to get teams touring but there are dignified ways to do that (Late Dr. M. Ali. Shah showed us how). It would have been delightful to see our boys shaking the IPL, but till BCCI doesn’t treat us with respect and dignity, there is no point for us to go begging.

 

In the end, relax and take a deep breath, as all is not gloom and doom. Rest assures, India will need us again very soon. Like a good coaching tip, wait for the bad ball, and once it comes, make sure you throw it out of the park.



Ashar Zaidi

A Sports correspondent at Geo New


  • nitish

    Wow.. what an analysis!!!But the question is whether your army establishment and Hafeez Saeed were happy with the success of India-Pak series?Answer is absolute “NO”.They expected , your players would be stone pelted and stadium will be empty.But to their surprise,result was quite opposite.Author ji ,we Indians and you Pakistanis also know where does exactly lie the problem.Believe me ,good relation b/w India and pak will not go good with your army establishment whose survival is solely based on to hate India.Why didnt you highlight those issues in your blog?Your army beheaded our soldiers immediately after cricket series.On one hand you chant for aman ki asha, on other hand keep backstabbing us.What else do you expect from us then.. Why India shouldn’t severe all the ties with Pakistan?

  • nitish

    Wow.. what an analysis!!!But the question is whether your army establishment and Hafeez Saeed were happy with the success of India-Pak series?Answer is absolute “NO”.They expected , your players would be stone pelted and stadium will be empty.But to their surprise,result was quite opposite.Author ji ,we Indians and you Pakistanis also know where does exactly lie the problem.Believe me ,good relation b/w India and pak will not go good with your army establishment whose survival is solely based on to hate India.Why didnt you highlight those issues in your blog?Your army beheaded our soldiers immediately after cricket series.On one hand you chant for aman ki asha, on other hand keep backstabbing us.What else do you expect from us then.. Why India shouldn’t severe all the ties with Pakistan?

    • nitish LOL

      please do …. We don’t need India for being successful …. India has never been a supporter for Pakistan …. so why should we care ??? U guys are glory hunters …. always after the money …. money is your god …. but why do we care …. enjoy your IPL ….

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      Natish bhai, this is the author ashar Zaidi and I am writing to you for the first time..

      Now coming towards your point. I am not a political guy and didnot discuss wars and hostility in my blog, it was just cricket, and you are taking it somewhere only you can exlpain…

      you didnt answer this, on 21st nov where india hanged kasab, pakistan was a terrorist heavens, and on 25th december, we were good enough to come for a tour, and then on 18th jan, BCCi again cut off all ties?

      I remember reading an article done by the eminent Parkha dutt, she interviewed an Indian soilder in 99 who behaded a pakistani soilder (will send you the link to that article)

      http://kafila.org/2013/01/16/dear-barkha-dutt-the-buck-stops-where/

      and yes, Sarbajeet killed 14 pakistanis in Lahore blast, he was convicted, you gave him national honurs? how do u explain that…

      I agree there are tons of problems, you have no idea what it is live living under constant bomb blasts, kabti try to ask a regular guy in kharachi or peshawar how he feels to see bloog flowing in streets daily.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      Natish bhai, this is the author ashar Zaidi and I am writing to you for the first time..

      Now coming towards your point. I am not a political guy and didnot discuss wars and hostility in my blog, it was just cricket, and you are taking it somewhere only you can exlpain…

      I remember reading an article done by the eminent Parkha dutt, she interviewed an Indian soilder in 99 who behaded a pakistani soilder (will send you the link to that article) and yes, Sarbajeet killed 14 pakistanis in Lahore blast, he was convicted, you gave him national honurs? how do u explain that…

      I agree there are tons of problems, you have no idea what it is live living under constant bomb blasts, kabti try to ask a regular guy in kharachi or peshawar how he feels to see bloog flowing in streets daily.

  • Hasan Tasleem

    Definetly, Dignity is needed the most. Also, Hourable Late MPA of Sindh from MQM, Muhammad Ali Shah’s his steps showed the nation how to be united and fight against Indian Mafia in the world of Cricket. Paksitan should take similar steps at the national level for all major sports, not just cricket, on a yearly basis, till the security situation in neturalized.

  • Hasan Tasleem

    I see some Indian’s living in denial. Plz, First WAKE UP then GROW UP!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      hahahah Hasan, everyone has the right to put their thoughts forward
      Ashar.

  • Khan kalabagh

    I think Pakistan and India must take out politics from all the Sports and Games both the teams play with each other.

    Pakistan Cricket Board mustn’t beg for matches to play against the Indian Cricket team. I fully subscribe to the views of the writer.

    Happy writing Sir.

    i was wondering why dont You write regularly :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      Adab Arz Khan Sb,

      Buhuat nawazish for taking out time to read my work, Inshallah will try to be a regular now, but will need ur support and guidance…

      Wsalam,
      Ashar…

  • http://www.facebook.com/yog.nathan Yog Nathan

    Funny if there was no hate between the two nations who will want to see them playing as if they were at war? Some things are to be benefited with the way they are..

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      agreed….

  • Saeed Jan

    India is a neighbour and not a friend. Whether we live for decades or days facts will remain so. Indians won’t change their attitude

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    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      Saeed bhai,

      Thanks for your comments and writing in, you have a valid point, but being neighbours we need to keep good terms, but on equal footing, with respect and dignity, thats what i have mentioned.

      Wsalam,
      Ashar….

  • G.Sharma

    The writer should know that BCCI was forced to invite Pakistan Cricket for a short tour in Dec.2012 by constant prodding by Mr. Zardari & Pak PM. If the PCB felt it was not in their interest then they should have refused the tour.
    IPL is doing quite well without Pakistani cricketers. It is Wasim Akram & other Pakistan cricketers who have been requesting BCCI to allow participation of their cricketers in IPL.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      sharma Ji adab Arz,

      Sir what a splendid statement by you, Yani you are trying to say that BCCI takes dictation from Zardari Sb? I mean BCCI who say YES SIR to what ever Mr. Zardari orders and follow? Sir, this one is hard to digest….

      Thats one point, and if you read my blog carefully, while I pointed one finger towards BCCI, 4 were towards PCB, they should never have gone ahead with the tour, but you cant just give BCCI a clean chit here…

      As for IPL doing good without Pakistani players, remember when Shoaib Akther took 4 against Mumbai, do you remember the charged atmosphere at the stadium, and yes, Shahrukh jump out of his seat and dancing???

      Wsalam,
      Ashar.

  • http://entertainmentbuzzz.com/ Jia

    Good piece of blog, a good explanations of short format

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      buhuat shaukriya Jia

  • shri vinayak

    Typical grandstanding by a Pakistani.
    A joke…not on IPL but on Pakistan…No one is missing Pakistani players from IPL. There are better bowlers in IPL than one’s that you listed in your blogs.
    The trigger was terror attacks coming from Pakistan. It is in your own interest to act against terror syndicates. But instead of considering that option you appear to be mocking at this world and telling them that no matter what we Pakistanis do, this world needs us !!!! I have pity for the state of mind in which you are.

    • Zeeshan Ilyas

      Dear Shri Vinayak bhai, thanks a bunch for finding the time to read my blog and also comment on it, so kind of you….

      First thing first, we here in Pakistan have nothing against the IPL, its afantastic tournament and like all fans we want to see our players performing. Like the rest of the world, If answered honestly I am sure you would be full of praise for pakistani bowlers, being master of similiar conditions our boys would have rocked the stage.

      As forstopping the terrorist, no one more then us have felt the pain at their hands and trust me it has spoiled the entire fabric of the nation, u cant just imagine how much our heart bleeds at this mayhem…

      But having said all that and accepting the foolishness on PCB’s part. I would return the question to you. how could u allow our national team to have a full visit but stop our boys from coming to IPL, why this disparity why this double standard?

      Wishing you a good day…

      Ashar. Zaidi

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Satyameva-Jayate/100003299017803 Satyameva Jayate

    Cricketers who consider their victory as the Victory of “All Muslims of the World” should not worry about not making huge IPL bucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

      I agree, religion should not be mixed with sports, I always opposed Inzi for it.
      But thats not what I have discussed here….

      Thanks for writing anyways…

      Regards,
      Ashar

  • Moeen Ali

    India do not need us – not now nor in future. Remember its INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE not INTERNATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE. Its upto them to invite who ever they want. No body can force them to buy this or that player. Even, in this edition of IPL, players from bangladesh and England are missing so are Zimbabwean. No else is complaining but Pakistan. Wasim Akram is a fool. He used the wrong vocabulary. Simple. Till last year he was part of this very IPL and he never said something like that. He was not worried about pakistan bowlers missing out on IPL riches as long as he was filling his pockets. Why suddenly now? Just because he missed out on those riches as KKR bowling coach in this edition. Now that he is a national team coach and cannot participate in IPL. Its more a case of SOUR GRAPES than anything else. We all know how good pakistani bowlers are specially fast bowlers but they chopped thier own feets. What happened in England will remain in our minds forever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Satyameva-Jayate/100003299017803 Satyameva Jayate

      Mr. Ali you got it spot on. Totally logical.

  • Taj Ahmad

    IPL management stop spreading hate against Pakistani cricket star to play
    IPL matches, this policy of IPL will divide both nations across the border
    and globally.

    • Ashar Zaidi

      Taj bhai, we often use cricket as the healing ointment to bring two countries together, unfortunately IPL is pushing them away, although sports are never meant to do that.

      Wsalam,

      Ashar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

    Alex bhai, you didnt mention your thoughts on the blog?
    Ashar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashar.zaidi.78 Ashar Zaidi

    Bhai Sb,

    No where in the blog have i mentioned India Pakistan fighing it hard till the last drop of blood, i just mentioned that financial gains put everything behind. kindly highlight your thoughts on that…

    Wsalam,
    ashar.