Terror Shouldn’t Deter Cricket
November 29, 2008 | General
The Mumbai Terror Strikes has affected the game of Cricket badly. The touring English team to India has cut short it’s tour and has gone back to England, and the Indian Champions League has been postponed and the tour of India to Pakistan is in shambles and very unlikely to go along.
India should come here early next year for Test and One-day International matches to give a clear cut message that the terrorists who are active on both sides of the border will never achieve their targets. While acknowledging that the scenario has changed dramatically following the shocking terrorist attacks in Mumbai this week, we must not shed our hope that India’s tour of Pakistan beginning early in January will go on as scheduled.
That will go a long way to mend the severe ties between the two countries and to diffuse the tension and to bring the people more closer. India are scheduled to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International in Pakistan in January-February next year. However, the tour, which was already in doubt because of security apprehensions, is under serious doubt after the Indian government pointed the finger of suspicion at Pakistan over the Mumbai killings.
The game of cricket has already received lots of blows in the South Asia and there is no time left for both countries to rectify the matters now. They must understand the position and they must not let the few handful of people hijack the game.