June 23, 2009
I'm not trying to burst anyone's bubble here. Well, I am, but not in a mean or spiteful way. I'm just wondering - in a genuinely perplexed manner - why all my well-meaning friends out there just happily assume that one T-20 victory is indicative of Pakistan's salvation. I understand all that excitement about a trophy (after too-too many cricketing disasters) finally heading this-a-way, but I wonder why a victory at a game of bat-and-ball is going to save this country from the collective evils of a sliding economy, impending energy crisis and the threat of talibanization? I hate to do this to all those who desperately hang on to their optimism, but the sad truth is that even if we celebrated as a 'whole' for the Pakistan cricket team, we did not become magically wedded to the concept of being 'Pakistani'. Two hours of patriotism does not mean that we became any more politically aware, or inclined towards doing away with idiots in governance. De facto, NOTHING has changed. Except we're now going to be a little more inclined to watch cricket than we have been for the past 17 years. But that's about it methinks.