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The Plight of a Pakistani Bowler

August 8, 2010

By Zain & Zainab Jeewanjee

Consoling the Pakistan Side

Consoling the Pakistan Side

On the second day of a five-day test match between England and Pakistan, picture yourself as a young bowler, just out of your teens and already being anticipated as the next Wasim Akram. You represent a country that’s flooded by pain and suffering of natural disaster, plus the torment of an unnatural flood of arms, and terrorism. To top it off your home turf is off limits because of lacking security and you’re playing cricket on a foreign ground; in a country who ruled you in colonial grip for over 200 years, a tinge that might linger 63 years later.

The stage is set. The batting lineup has already let you down, and your bowling is expected to carry the team to a respectable outcome. But the angels above have arranged for ideal weather conditions and a pitch perfect for your deadly pace. The Gods are giving Pakistan an opportunity for redemption.

You take to the pitch and imagine sending a fierce, fast, reverse swinging bowling onslaught on the opponent. They’ve already overtaken your score yesterday, so you’re aiming to contain them, preserving the scant runs your side managed, and bowl the opposition out as soon as possible. You take a run up. Jogging 20 yards toward the batsman; you release the ball and he is confounded. You feel a rush of excitement. Batsman nicks it, sending the ball aloft for the simplest of catches. Your excitement steadily intensifies and you think to yourself; the Gods are on my side. You watch the ball elevate into the sky, higher, and higher and slowly descend. The Gods have arranged for it fall directly in front of first slip, and you eye your teammate’s hand intently. The ball falls directly into his palms and you feel relieved; this is the one job you can count on first slip to do. He also happens to be a top order batsman who should be longing to save face and take this crucial wicket to make up for his less than sufficient run rate. You take into account the team has already let three catches go, optimism pervades and you think, “we definitely have this one”.

Pakistan another Drop Catch in Cricket vs England - August 2010

Pakistan another Drop Catch in Cricket vs England - August 2010

Every millisecond feels like miles as the ball falls into first slips hands. Fielders jump in victory and the crowd cheers but simultaneously, first slip drops the ball as it falls dead into the still green grass.

For a second maybe no body saw it, but the bowler is crestfallen. Excitement deflated. With a tear that never fell, he looks at the young man at slip. Slip stares back at him and with words he can’t muster, the bowler bravely smiles. His heart is racing with a million emotions but zero time to reflect on any of them, the bowler desperately focuses. His brain wants to let something out to his teammate, on his team who didn’t score enough runs, and dropping no less than 4 catches squandering opportunities the Gods laid out in this match.

As he turns and looks around at the crowd, he attempts to recuperate energy but his mind can’t help but settle in on the millions of Pakistanis suffering from floods, the war on terror, political volatility and economic insecurity and he knows that Cricket is what Pakistanis look to for hope.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I got up and made myself tea. Even thousands of miles away from England, even farther away from Pakistan, I didn’t want to face the complexities of what that bowler might have felt. So I raise my hands in prayer to whoever controls the world around us and say please, give Pakistan a break.

It reminds me of Earnest Borgnine in the Poseidon Adventure when he looks up to God in the middle of disaster and cries: “What more do you want of us? We’ve come all this way on our own no help from you. We did ask you to fight for us but damn it, don’t fight against us!”

Give Pakistan a break. I urge everyone who reads this article that as the brave bowler took strength to smile, recuperate and move forward, if you do nothing else, donate to the flood victims. Pakistan needs hope right now, and every contribution, big or small, will go a long way for those in need.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE  ::::

Oxfam America

Relief International

Unicef

Edhi Foundation

Hashoo Foundation

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12 comments

  1. Hey Zainab,
    Disappointment and pathetic are the comments for Pakistani cricket team.

    I am skeptic in owning our team. They seemed to be playing for opponents! Every soul in this country plays only one sport and that is cricket. There is no reason for our team to play less then best! Even my neighborhood kid who plays on street is better than honorable team players.

    My comments for flood victims:
    After giving my 30% of the wealth to this flood affected ppl, I am still unable to see much change, because my total wealth is much meagre to the second richest person of the country (Mr. Zardari) and fourth richest person of the country (Mr. Sharif). There this wealth is other then there daily dent on the national exchequer in the name of democracy, security, development.. If these 2 and other 575 parlimantarian donot even give any thing from there pocket but just stop taking 50% less perks from the government, the country would not need to beg.

    Can Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif and all other honorable parlimantarians (575 of them) can give** their meagre 3% of the wealth to the country, stop taking 50% of their perks from the government then we would not need to beg for anything (trust me anything, flood, terror, ecurity, eath quake, bla bla)..

    **When I ask these gentleman to give is actually does not means give but to reimburse the wealth taken from the poor country.

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  2. Islamic Relief is a good one to donate. Rated 5 star by the US Charity Navigator.

    I think we should keep cricket as cricket and not put the burden of bearing Pakistani people’s sensibilities, emotions and Pakistan’s image. Thats the job of someone else.

    I am done with Cricket long time ago, its not worth it. A nation that got so much talent and yet it only supports 1 sport, thats obnoxious to me. There are more important things than Cricket. Let them play professional cricket, they get paid to do so.

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  3. please help to our poeple

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  4. anwar afghan

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  5. i think these days the cricket is basically based on to the money
    because these days the tournaments like ipl or champins league is provides a lots of money to the cricketers
    so every cricketer want to become much ritch in some days

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    b

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  6. Lie-a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood, deceive,watergate, monica lewinsky, head of states get thrownout of their job-why? The lied.Right n wrong this life is about character, we become characterless when we deceive, whether in games or married lfe, a dad momk son or daughter, condoning it n living by an excuse is deplorable.Lies are weak need courage for truth.The cricket team and the surrounding people are thiefs they should be punished.

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  7. Oxfam America

    Relief International

    Unicef

    Edhi Foundation

    Hashoo Foundation

    why only these god gifted Angio’s for Pakistan. We should have dare to give money to our government but question always arises we dont have trust. so lack of trust make Pakistan a dieing state, Pakistani cricketers are always earning from these sources its not a new agenda. I will say they play for five or six years for the nation but others sportsman like football, volleyball etc. run away in Europe during their first tour. by disscussing all these we still got nothing. Just burn your ships, aeroplanes infact all infrastructure which link Pakistan to other counteries and assured the whole nation we will live and die inside the borders of Pakistan, but how its immpossible we just love to fly and feel pleasure when people are begging and weaping calling us the Leaders, Kings or Firyun of Pakistan. Its not directly related to your topic but somehow it makes a sense.
    thanks

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  8. fuck u salman butt…………………..

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  9. Pakistani bowlers are doing shit what happen to them.

    for more visit

    http://www.pakcolours.com/blog/pakistans-ambassador-says-pakistan-cricketers-innocent-and-mentally-tortured-by-scandal/

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  10. I am wordering on the reaction of our prime minister ,he said the cricket had ashamed us, look who is talking the man who has been in jail for the nation excheckers money that he did not pay ack his president who is again prosecuted for money laundering, the other side of them sharief (ut not) also stolen the money for buying the lane in UK through thier Qazies,Why they dont acknowledge that they are the ones who set examples for the nation as they are leaders(unfortunatly) how can they blame the poor man from the street to do something for his or her living even now the prime ministers house is being built by a questionable money.Every leader(They are not laders they are stooges) comes on Tv and starts with a Damn word “yeh pakistan ki bad kismati hay”. har luck is that they are the ones who brought this Bad luck to our country and still doing it, but they are not ashamed of still they blame a poor boy frpm the village(of course he sould be punished if he has done wrong)but why not set an example by one of the leader whoever it can be not that”jis key galey main phanda poora aey us ko phansi de do” the nation should learn from the past mistakes and dont let them control this country is we want to live like a nation.

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  11. It is very shame for us pakistani that in very match our team involve in match fixing. Why our players are so poor that they are doing corruption or the PCB not paying their sallery.

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