Cricket – A Trauma Disguised As A Sport
Cricket is not a sport for the one who really wants to adopt it as a profession because it is his passion. What? Go ahead… I remember cricket as old as I remember Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis coming on the field to bowl. Since then it has always been a sport for me to watch with passion. Heart beat went up and then few moments later jumping off with roars of victory. Such moments have been witnessed by all of us and opposite too.
At an immature age I would hear about fixing since I couldn’t understand that term so I let the fate of any team based “totally” on their performance and fate. But now my conscience has shouted loud enough to convince me that it is not a sport but game of politics. There are plenty of reasons and some these are given below:
A: 33 per cent of the viewership credits (money) go to India, around 13 per cent to Australia and 9 per cent to England, while none or almost none to Pakistan. You all know how much we (the Pakistanis) watch it.
B: Nobody is accounting India for their incomprehensible and deliberate poor performance against England in the World Cup, just to wipe out Pakistan from the semi finals. Those who know cricket are convinced.
C: NRR [Net Run Rate] and points are the only two criteria to decide who will be through between the two teams. Considering the Pak vs NZ case, I ask you compare, without being biased, who had performed best against tough teams? Certainly, your conscious and conscience will tell you it was Pakistan. So, if Pakistan wins and Pakistan and New Zealand have equal points, it is NRR which is going to decide the fate, which shouldn’t be the case as it totally neglects the “level” of performance against tough competitors. Refer to NZ match history in this World Cup. The team who could not even cross 200 in the second chase went through.
D: This game is being disturbed by natural conditions (called Force Majeure) i.e. rain, light etc. The ICC has never established a rule to compensate it. Pak vs SL was wash out because of rain. Both sides got 1 point each but what about NRR? No effect on it. This no effect has caused Pakistan to suffer. If it has to be a “just” then let’s say all others team should also have shared the same fate points as Pak or SL did. So human’s conscience and even commonsense is degraded by a rule established by the ICC called NRR. One could understand that Pak vs SL match could have been the fate of Pak or SL if the ICC could have arranged a match on any other day. Where you schedule 48 days for matches, you can also schedule two or three spare days for the matches that were abandoned by Force Majeure conditions.
E: Cricket and its rule have never been able to cope up with the time. Aforementioned rules are still there, letting the light or rain decide the fate of the game but not the players, unlike any other sport. People started losing interest in watching cricket for such reasons and time has come that the ICC is thinking about not only T20 but also T10 matches. Because people cannot wait for four days and the rain on the fifth day of the Test match tells you to pack your bag and go home with no victory or defeat. Rain has won.
F: Pakistani players can’t participate in IPL and the Indians in PSL. What would you call it if not politics?
G: People literally destroy their health watching it like any other game but the Force Majeure conditions are odd out in others games. People don’t learn in the end of those games that 3 Big Bashes like Australia, England and India are ruling the ICC or doing fixing and the people like us are being fooled. I will play cricket but won’t watch it now. I am the supporter of the sports and consider it as much important as meditation. But I can’t spend my time and energy for the game which is being ruled by spoilers who are not held responsible.