27 October, 2020

A High Full Toss

The queered pitch over Ahmedabad ruffles feathers Updates

AP, T. Narayan
A High Full Toss
An Indo-Pak cricket match is often first fought off the field even before the players descend on the pitch. More so if Ahmedabad is part of the equation. The forthcoming three-Test, five-odi series has been making headlines for the wrong reasons ever since Pakistan expressed its apprehensions over having it on its tour itinerary. There is now talk of a one-day international being played in the city as part of a compromise between the cricket boards of the two countries.

"Pakistan's reluctance to play cricket in Ahmedabad comes from a fear of defeat on the soil of Gujarat...a cowardly step. Insulting Gujarat is insulting Hindustan," thus spake Gujarat CM Narendra Modi at election rallies in Jharkhand. And he did not stop there. "Hindustan is expecting a day when Pakistan decides not to play the bloodletting game...in the same way as it apprehends defeat on Gujarat soil, it fears defeat in Kashmir. Was Janab Musharraf sleeping the last three years when several Pakistani delegations of doctors and other sportsmen visited and enjoyed Gujarat's hospitality?"

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