The anxiety of the fans of Pakistan Cricket team reminds me of Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot. The nation too, like Vladimir and estragon, is waiting endlessly and God forbid in vain for the arrival of Godot who will come and steer the Cricket out of this sad state of affairs.
When we win, we celebrate; when we lose, we only frustrate. Unfortunately, in both extreme conditions we never tend towards a prudent analysis of the situation. Either we crow loudly or we haplessly witness our sound and fury becoming a whimper. As Pakistan faces Australia today, we succeed or we lose, few questions are of paramount importance:
- What is the acumen of Mr Najam Sethi that he is at the helm of affairs in PCB? Same question stirs when it comes to the worthy Chairman PCB who despite being a diplomat doesn’t know how and when to shut the mouth and how and when to open it up.
- Don’t we have any Cricketing Guru to look after the PCB affairs? How long mediocre, average or even below average people will run the Cricket?
- Player’s power or a powerful PCB….. Which one is the tolerable necessary evil? Or there lies any other way out?
- Leave aside the way the way he played, what about Omar Akmal’s stupid move to complain to Imran Khan about the skipper just minutes before the crucial match? And by the way Sachin was also there and I would love to know whether he also visited Indian Team to boost its moral like Mr Imran Khhan. Why do we always incline towards theatrics? After poor selection what miracle we were expecting from Imran? Shouldn’t PCB have requested a piece of advice from Khan much earlier?
- Can we get rid of these players who are more inclined toward playing against their own skipper or we must appreciate it as our social cult?
It is ripe time for the nation to rise and say to the PCB masters: Enough is enough. This is too much. Go home, be off.
- The writer is bilingual columnist and a talk show host. He tweets @asifmahmuud