Let Cricket Do The Talking
I'm back in Pakistan and this time the hospitality started right before we took off on our Delhi-Lahore flight. Surprised? Well, its true, thanks mainly to our super-efficient CNN-IBN Pak Bureau Chief, Mohsin Naqvi, who we were fortunate to have on the flight with us.
After formal introductions were over, everything else went smooth- really smooth especially the customs and immigration routine when we landed in Lahore. Imagine an Indian TV crew (with loads of equipment ) not being subjected to a gruelling secutity check.! Amazing but true. I'm impressed, Mr Naqvi.
Life is now back to normal, excepting the controversy over Dungarpur's statement on Ganguly. It was enough for my office to make sure I didn't get any sleep the first night. I think Dungarpur made a big mistake by calling Ganguly "lazy" and then doing a volte face and denying it the next day - not really the ideal way to start a series, especially as everyone knows what the Ganguly/Chappel equation is like at present. Now Dungarpur has also joined the slug-fest. Come on, boys! Give it a rest. Let Cricket do the talking and make all the headlines instead.
What's the question everyone is asking me this time around? "How this series is different from the last?" Well, for one, the hype this time is considerably less and the players are under less pressure as they've played against each other in Pak before.
This time around the series is all about the game, instead of politics, which is how it should be, thought i hear President Musharraf wants to play spoilsport and get our Prime Minister over to watch a match. To that i say - Musharraf saab, phir kabhi. Is baar khali Cricket hone dijiye.