Sunday Mar 18, 2007

Welcome again to subcontinent's Insane passion for cricket.

This is what my cousin Mani has to say after India and Pak's painful defeats....

Its amazing to see how quickly things can change with one failure once again. Now everyone in India and Pakistan with sword in the hand ready to sack everyone who represented their respective countries in the World Cup.

Undoubtedly its a great achievement from Ireland. But does that by any stretch of imagination will mean Irish are better than Pakis in cricket? Same goes with the victory of Bangladesh over India. Because tomorrow if India loses to Srilanka, whatever that happens now to Pakistan, will happen to Indian team also.

Every former cricketer and critic will write all sorts of things and reasons. But frankly, Just take a pause and think from head and not heart, is it Inzamam or Rahul the reason for this despair? I certainly feel they are not.

I personally very strongly feel the format is the issue. Undoubtedly this format of pooling few teams and then super eights is a significant improvement over the past. But World cup after World cup this has proved its own weakness also. Zimbabwe entered with 4 points to Supersixes in 1999 and Kenya to Semis in 2003 due to countries rejecting to play cricket in some places due to security concerns. In the name of new format we missed some nice aspects of old World cup formats.

In one of the discussions with my cousins much much prior to World cup, this topic came up. That time my cousin was saying just one bad day with Bangladesh can ruin India's chances, which happened exactly as he feared. Hez not soothsayer, but his worry proved right. The reason why I said this now, just after World cup format has relevance.

Let me explain, had we included this nice supersix/eight concepts along with 2 matches with each team in the league phase, this anamoly could have been avoided. In earlier days till 1987 that was the case, we used to play 2 games with everyone in the pool. Had this been the case now, I am 100% confident that Pakistan would have bounced back, and probably we may not have lost Bob Woolmer. In a Hypothetical case if they lost both games again to Ireland well and good, they deserve to be thrown off.

If in the series following after the World cup, if Pakistan wins one such against Aussises all these people will diametrically take opposite direction and everyone will be singing hymn of their cricketers. Till then let everyone bash their heroes for the moment as anyways crowns are waiting there to beautify them again!!!.

Welcome again to subcontinent's Insane passion for cricket.

Mani

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