I love sports and do feel that the two should not be mixed. I would love Indians, Pakistanis, Australians and South Africans figure in the same team playing the highest quality of cricket. Recently Pakistan cricketers were ignored during the auction. IPL has been lambasted for bias, discrimination and even conspiracy to destroy Pakistan cricket.
I find it amusing that IPL owners just because they refused to fork out millions for players are considered non-sporting. Very talented people in the press (I say talented because instead of the truth they do end up giving sermons on their views and bore the mickey out of me) have also hoo-hawed over the IPL crass business decision to exclude players from Pakistan.
Lets think about an alternative scenario. IPL had told the Pakistani cricketers “Sorry no auction for you, we think its not secure”
Some say this issue would have been avoided. Seriously are you kidding me that IPL was going to say that Pakistan players were a security issue and would not be welcome after the Indian Government was giving the go ahead to the Pakistani cricketers. If IPL had done that it would surely have been over-extending it’s breach.
Politic and sports should not be mixed but digging your head into the sand concerning political reality for sport is not a wise thing to do. Remember Sri Lanka just a year ago went to Pakistan had to face rocket launchers and machine guns instead of bullets. Agreed the situation is different here but the basics remain the same.
The India media has been nothing short of pathetic when it comes to reporting in the recent past. First they say IPL has mixed politics with sports. Has the Indian media given IPL power to take political decisions for India? It is sad that the media is crying hoarse of a Shahhid Afridi who except in one T20 world cup six months ago has been considered a wasted talent. The talent was wasted by his own lack of discipline. First season of IPL had Afridi bat, bowl and field badly for over 10 games. After than he had the audacity to criticize his captain in a newspaper.
Really wish the media stop mixing emotional atyachar with Cricket, films and most importantly Politics. Grow up, stop being sloppy idiots on the idiots box who scream out the news instead of report it.