India opens fresh bout of cricket diplomacy

Published: March 26, 2011
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Gilani is likely to join his Indian counterpart at Mohali.

Gilani is likely to join his Indian counterpart at Mohali.

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: 

India on Friday renewed its cricket diplomacy engagements with Pakistan after a six-year gap, inviting Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to watch the high-voltage semi-final clash between the two countries at Mohali on March 30.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua confirmed receiving two separate invitation letters — one apiece for the president and the premier — from India.

Janjua said it was premature to comment on which of the two leaders would fly to India to watch the game, as a final decision was still awaited.

However, sources say that Gilani is likely to join his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at Mohali stadium.

“I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on March 30. There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our two countries to watch the match,” Singh said in his  letters to Zardari and Gilani.

Singh also said that his wife Gursharan Kaur would be present in the stadium.

Singh was attending the Business Standard newspaper awards at Delhi’s Maurya Sheraton in the company of an array of Indian businessmen, when the news of his invitation broke.

Even before the presenter could finish his sentence, the hall, full to the brim with India’s best and brightest, erupted into applause which lasted several minutes. This was as ringing an endorsement as the government could have hoped for, for its cricket diplomacy. After becoming the CEO of the Indian government, this will be Singh’s first outing to watch live cricket in a stadium.

Present at the gathering was Home Minister P Chidambaram. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise even for him. When asked about the additional preparations that would be required at Mohali for the World Cup semifinal, Chidambaram smiled wryly: “We are fully prepared. At the most, there will be a bit more frisking.”

Analysts see the invitation as “a smart diplomatic initiative through cricket” undertaken after the two countries resumed the dialogue process stalled in November 2008 when the Indian financial capital Mumbai was hit by terrorist attacks.

The interior secretaries of the two countries will be holding talks on March 28 -29 in New Delhi on security issues while their commerce secretaries will be meeting next month in Islamabad before the two sides hold foreign secretary level talks.

This is not the first time cricket has taken a centre-stage in Indo-Pak diplomacy.  Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee overruled the apprehensions of some of his senior cabinet colleagues and decided to send team India in 2003 for a series in Pakistan. Before the team left for Lahore, Vajpayee had invited them for tea where he famously advised them: “Dil bhi jeeto!”

In the past Sonia Gandhi has received invitations from Pakistan to watch cricket matches. Although she herself has not visited Pakistan, she did send her children, Rahul and Priyanka, to watch cricket games there.

The last time India and Pakistan faced each other in a major tournament was in the first T20 World Cup and India became the world champion.

In 2005 President Pervez Musharraf had visited New Delhi to watch India and Pakistan play cricket for the first time after the failed Agra summit.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2011.


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  • Mar 25, 2011 - 6:59PM

    What about the Generals? Nor respect for them! How typical! Recommend

  • Ashwin
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:00PM

    Very good move Mr singh.Hope Pak Pm and president enjoy the match In mohaliRecommend

  • Optimist
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Well, this would ensure that there is no terrorist attack for the match. Recommend

  • Rana Umair
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Good gesture from the PM. I hope PM gillani accepts it and goes to India. IT will be a huge step forward towards peace and friendly relations.

    @Tightdhoti: I am glad he didnt invite the generals, they are generals and are responsible for guarding the borders and not for politics. Plus, the generals dont really deserve it anyway, they have ruined Pakistan. Our greatest threat does not come from Taliban or India, it comes from the generals who make policy to groom the taliban and also to disturb the peace building process between india and pakistan (Kargil).

    So yeah Mr. PM great move. But i also feel that the general public of India hates Pakistan more than the politicians themselves. This is not the case with Pakistani people, most people dont “hate” indians, although they dont like them either. I might be obviously wrong but all the comments i read on TOI or Youtube show that.

    Anyway as the PM said, “at the end of the day the game of cricket will win”.Recommend

  • Qasim Ahmad Ilyas
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Nice , it means both nations have to move around the table and are sincere to solve continental problems such as increasing dearth and terrorism & extremism. Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Good move by Indian PM.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:42PM

    Well only one should go, Zardari’s image is very bad so rather send Gillani.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 7:44PM

    @Optimist:

    Witty comment, i like that, lol.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 25, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Good move. PAK PM should go as Mr. Singh’s office counter part.

    May be they both should bet on the match with some nonsense bet and arrange a special victory ceremony at the Wagah border.

    And I would like to see PAK team win the match.

    Sorry Indian fans, you will get over it soon. Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:08PM

    India has made such gestures many times before. Each time it has been followed by disappointment because the Pak army which rules and occupies Pakistan, does not desire normal relations as it reduces their supreme position in Pakistan. Additionally , any good gesture by India is viewed as India’s desperation for normal relations and a prelude to Pakistan possibly geting some part of Indian Kashmir. Unless and until Pak politicians and generals give in writing that they understand that they will never get any part of Indian Kashmir no invitations should be issued as it may lead to misunderstanding and be counterproductive.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 8:09PM

    @ Rana Umair “But i also feel that the general public of India hates Pakistan more than the politicians themselves. ”
    This is not the case.You will find very few people (may be 50 or 60, not more than 100) who visits Pakistani Newspapers sites on daily basis and indulge in hate mongering.India is a country with more than 1 Billion people and around 100 million internet users and just because of few people you cant generalize the trend.The very fact that they always spit the venom means they have some prejudices against you(Only God knows the reasons).Majority of the population is busy with their lives and want friendly relations with pakistanRecommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:18PM

    PM should go and this could be a good opportunity to talk peace and encourage people to people exchange with relaxation in visa policy. The meeting to lead to more commerce and trade.
    Let us all live in peace…….citizens on both side of border deserve better quality of life.

    PM Gillani, start packing your bags to go to IndiaRecommend

  • Afridi
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Manmohan, Please don’t invite them. Are you trying to fix this match by some underhand dealing with these corrupt president or prime minister of Pakistan??? Please don’t invite them; let the match follow its own course without getting it fixed at higher levelRecommend

  • rehman
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:29PM

    @Ashwin: he is very naughty!!he knows pak will loseRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:52PM

    I never wanted that Pakistan’s Cricket Team should go to India and play cricket match on Indian’s soil due to extreme security reasons.

    Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh has invited Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister. Similarly, a former Indian Prime Minister has also invited a former Pakistan Army General Zia-ul-Haq (Late) to discuss Pakistan-India issues over cricket diplomacy.

    Mr. Manmohan Singh is repeating the same chapter again. Since nothing happened during the visit of Zia-ul-Haq, except talking cricket match and passing pleasantries, I doubt that if Pakistan’s President or Prime Minister will visit India on Mr. Manmohan Singh’s invitation, issues pertaining to Pakistan and India will take a new turn.

    It is time for the print and electronic media to give coverage to cricket match scheduled to be held in Mohali, let this match should remain cricket match, as whatever the result may be of this match, it cannot find a permanent solution to the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir which is pending between Pakistan and India for the last 64 years.Recommend

  • Kabir
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:01PM

    These Indians are just hypocrites. First they call the terrorists themselves and then start shouting that the terrorists have infiltrated into their lands. This doublespeak and hypocrisy needs to end. First, either they should not invite the terrorists, Second, if they do invite the terrorists then they should not shout that the terrorists have entered IndiaRecommend

  • AnIndian
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:13PM

    This is a Win-Win situation: even if Pakistan’s team loses, Yousaf Raza Gilani will benefit intellectually by sitting alongside Dr. Manmohan Singh…

    Who knows, Dr. Singh might teach Gilani some Economics :)Recommend

  • Bharat
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:14PM

    @Rana Umair. I don’t know about others but I am an Indian and I don’t hate pakistani pepole at all. You can’t make your opinion by reading some comments on TOI or youtube. No country is perfect. You will find both good and bad pepole every where. Lets just avoid the bad pepole and listen what good pepole say. By the way I love pakistani music and I believe a good music is sign of a good sole. Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:32PM

    It is customary for the hosts to invite the guest. It’s graceful to accept the invitation.

    Go Gillani GoRecommend

  • Salahuddin
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:57PM

    I think our premier and president should go there to buck up our team. Masha Allah Zardarri sab pe baari hai. He would balance the pressure of huge Indian crowd. Moreover our team would appreciate their presence and would perform better with full concentration on their professional skill. Perhaps Manmohan Singh wants to be disgraced in the presence of our leaders and perhaps it is the will of Allah Almighty. Afridi squad! now it is a serious matter u should keep in mindRecommend

  • Salahuddin
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:09PM

    express tribune wants me to be positive. India and Pakistan match will be a cricket blockbuster and every body including our leadership is eager to seize these moments by thier presence in the stadium. I think our premier and president would be lucky to get invitation to watch the match on the spot and represent our nation to boost our team there. Recommend

  • ARF
    Mar 25, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Good gesture on the Indian PM’s part. I hope the president and premier accept it. It’s about time we start burying the hatchet on both sides and moving on forward.Recommend

  • Manjit singh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:00AM

    @rana umair. Unfortunately there may be many pakistan haters and internet gives them ample chance to shed decency all togather while posting comments .the hate mongers may be more on such sites had the moderaters been not doing their job. The main reasone for this hate atmosphere is the adverse media blair and very little people to people contact. Indians think kasab like terrorists roam freely in pakistan streets and pakistanis think tirshul veilding bal thakrey shiv sainiks patrol the indian roads. Even many young indian and pakistanis wonder when they hear other side person speaking the same tongue as they do. Given such ground, the bushes of mistrust grow easily and fast ; courtesy the media. I live in india and have travelled widely in pakistan . I can give many examples what absurd misconceptions people of both countries have about their counterparts neighbors Recommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:09AM

    @Kabir
    India is having about 20 Crores Muslim population (More than your country). Please think twice before writing anything about Indians. Also note that Your country in the mercy of others like China, USA etc. where as we are standing on our Own. India never invite Terrorists, but kills them like Stray Dogs (Don’t mix religion with terrorism). But you people leaves them free (Lahore attack on Cricket team – Terrorists escaped and walked freely on Roads – Arranged by India according to some Inefficent People)Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 1:14AM

    Believe me its no morale booster for the team to have these corrupt politicians watching them play. They would rather prefer two common Pakistani citizen who just LOVE Pakistan not their ownself and their money making agenda. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:32AM

    @Bharat:
    “…I believe a good music is sign of a good sole”
    Indeed! Indeed! Who cares about a good soul as long as one has a good sole!Recommend

  • Dr+D+Mishra
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:38AM

    optimist- loved your joke above-
    Well, this would ensure that there is no terrorist attack for the match.

    Umm many will be nervous nowRecommend

  • Omar
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:26AM

    To all concerned this is sport we are talking about, lets stop all the insults for once and try and enjoy the occassion and be gracious enough to congratulate whoever wins and hope that the game lives up to all the hype and histeria.
    The corrupt politicians from India and Pakistan should not be allowed anywhere near this match they should give their ticket allocations to genuine cricket supporte from both sides instead of these filty bloodsucking moneygrabbers. Recommend

  • bs
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:02AM

    The reason why Manmohan invited Zardari and Gilani for the match is that he thinks if he sits next to them, then he will be safe from Pakistani terrorist attacks. While I understand his reason, I think it would have been better if he had invited the top army generals and ISI honchos instead. This would definitely prevent the ISI from organizing a terror attack on the stadium a la Mumbai.Recommend

  • akash
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:33AM

    lol good sole :-).. anyways good gesture as our PM as he is a decent man. But i hope he has not forgotten mumbai 26/11 and inshallah will discuss this with Pak PM.Recommend

  • Asad Durrani
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:57AM

    @G. Din:
    I have the best sole. Want to experience,Since you don’t seem to care? LOLRecommend

  • Nitin
    Mar 26, 2011 - 4:20AM

    @Rana Umair:
    that’s not true at all. Most Indians like Pakistani people; we have no problems with the ‘awam’ at all. personally, I only have problems with the extreme right wing people in pakistan (and i am sure, it would be true vice versa also) like Zaid Hamid and Hamid Gul, who only mislead people and preach hatred. On the other hand, I have great respect for Najam Sethi, Javed Choudhry, Hasan Nisar, Adershir Cowasjee and so on. Recommend

  • Asad Durrani
    Mar 26, 2011 - 5:21AM

    Gilani must remain in Pakistan and resolve nation’s issues which are many rather than going on excursion trips. He has been hiding from the nation since RD was released. What a coincidence that he was not in Paksitan at that day, Nor was Corrupt Zardari was in Islamabad. Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif were in London. Therefore, he must stay at home and answer all these questions and also how his wife lost 60 thousand British Pounds in one Night in casino when he files zero tax for the last three years? All these questions he must answer right in Islamabad and No Holidays for him. Nation is not ready to send him on holidays in Mohali and he can not go on his own since he has fileszero taxes for the last three years. He should have no money then of his own. If he travels then Sc must ask him why did not he pay taxes and can go on vacation? Recommend

  • Arindom
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:38AM

    No point engaging Zardari or Gilani…

    If India is serious about peace with Pakistan, it needs to charter private business aircraft, invite the entire GHQ at Rawalpindi, wine and dine them till they get fully stoned. Then open Swiss accounts for all of them and buy villas in France and an apartment in London for all…..

    Peace and prosperity will follow across the sub-continent….Recommend

  • Krishna
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:36AM

    Prime Minister Gilani, when you come, can you bring some good news, such as some progress in the trial of Mumbai carnage master minds, or arrest of Dawood Ibrahim.Recommend

  • Avanti
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:01AM

    If I were a Pakistani, I would say this, “Please India. Invite the generals, but give them only one way ticket.”Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 9:32AM

    i think india want to fix this game Recommend

  • Kazim SR
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Following our President’s decision to be present at the game, chances of Pakistan winning the semi has increased by 10%Recommend

  • manoj
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:11AM

    wronge call – pm should have been called general kayani and isi head instead if he really wants peace with pak.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:43AM

    @G. Din: Dude that was just a typo. I am surprised that you only noticed the spelling mistake. Sir, you win. I take my previous statement back. Recommend

  • Syed Hussein El-Edroos
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:17AM

    Any move towards peace between India and Pakistan is a good thing. Too many people of both countries are living in misery because of the rivalary.Recommend

  • Sajjad
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:17AM

    This invitation is not a fruitful effort for normalization of relations. It might tense the situation more as loser will be in hot water. This invitation is only for reduction of pressure of home crowd from Indian team becuase Pakistani leadershsip is also there to support Pakistani team.
    Pakistani leasership should extend this invitation for final. And in semi-final support Pak. Team through video conferessing or telephonically. Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Manmohan Singh should also invite both the leaders in advance for the World Cup Finals irrespective of who wins in the Semi Finals.

    India and Pakistan must take this opportunity for a concrete Dialoge (not trade between two countries) as stalement is taking a toll.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:45AM

    There is a proverb in our language which I translate,

    Forgive those who did you harm and make them ashamed by doing good things to them.

    I think, our honourable PM goes by that.Recommend

  • HATIM HUSSAIN
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Not surprisingly Mr.Gilani might have packed his bag in anticipation of an invitation from his counterpart to visit India the moment hei heard the news that Pakistan and India will meet in Mohali to play the Semi Final. Let’s hope that this cricket diplomacy makes ways to bond these relationships on permanent basis. Otherwise, the fragile relationship between these two countries has a history. Every time they come closer to each other, out of the blue an incident of ugly nature makes them estranged to the extent that they gather forces on their borders against each other. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Thank you Mr. Mohan PM of India. Surely our counterpart must visit India (Mohali) to witness this game which both countries enjoy from the core of their hearts. Good news for both peace loving citizens.Recommend

  • vasan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:11PM

    I hope the Pakistani PM and President accept the invitation and meet with Mr Singh at Mohali,. That will sober the crowd reaction down whatever may be result. Good luck to both the teams, Afridi and Dhoni. May the best team on the day win.Recommend

  • satyram
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:20PM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson; But Indian PM have to make it sure that whoever are coming India from Pakistan to watch the match will go back immediately before expiry of their visas. :)Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:55PM

    @satyram: You are right Mr. Satyram. I hope security clearance from our part including some proper undertakings can solve this problem. I hope all goes well. We all love to have good relationships at all levels. Expectations from both teams are very high in both countries so I hope to see good and crunchy match (i think word “hope” has been used too much).Recommend

  • Saud
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Should go only if the Indian PM agrees to watch Pak play India in Pakistan soon :)Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 1:19PM

    A much laudable effort indeed !!Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Manmohan has Yorked ISI, Now ISI and Pakistan government need to come down the wicket and convert Yorker into Full toss and score some runs instead of getting bowled or dot ball, Yorker always difficult to manage though.Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:37PM

    @Nitin:
    And dude please also include ur extreme right wing members like VHP, RSS, baal thakre , Nirender moudi and so so so on. Ah u got my point.

    I’m pretty sure that Pakistan is going to lose this match because of this so-called cricket diplomacy our govt will put some pressure on Pakistani team to lose this match, and this so called cricket diplomacy will finish in same match when Pakistan will lose, why in hell there was no cricket diplomacy between two nations for the last four years. The main thing is that Indian politicians wants to hold the trophy and Pakistani politicians wants to bow down to others request and don’t have the guts to stand for nation.

    With love from Pakistan. Recommend

  • Zoro
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:42PM

    @Afridi:

    Atleast dont get caught on camera … as others .. hehe

    History repeats … so will the India pakistan relation …depends where does it restores to …
    Pre partition or post partition..Recommend

  • AD
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:07PM

    Inviting them to India is big mistake.Who will stop the riots in Pakistan once they loose at Mohali.And please spare a thoughts for broken TV sets ha ha ha.Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 3:52PM

    gud thinking and peacfull for both countries.Recommend

  • john
    Mar 26, 2011 - 4:57PM

    How about indian and pakistani politicians playing cricket.. it might improve relations even better…Recommend

  • naveed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 5:30PM

    i believe that both countries should have strong relations with eachother whetjer they are facilitated by cricket or any other event, both countries are facing serious issues of poverty, and hunger, we need to resolve them mutually rather to have extremeism.i am a paksiatni and i love india becuase of their rich culture because of the fact that my elders belong to india, they have loved india as their homeland. we have many simmilarities with eachother.so, this is my humble request to all indians that they have faced one attack in mumbai while we are facing these type attacks daily in our cities which indicates that we are fighting with the same enemies who want to destroy both of us, so don not consider us as enemies but we are friends. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:15PM

    @Saud:
    First Pak has to get clean chit from ICC, after Sri Lanka fiasco, I don’t think so!!! Our Players do not want to go to paradise!!!!
    Its only an invite from our PM , which i am sure there are plenty who do not agree or want these two to visit India too. So its no probs if they decline the invite!! Recommend

  • rizwan malik
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:30PM

    …. first of all it is not a Indian event this cup is hosted by ICC Pakistani prime minister yousuf raza gillani must reject this invitation and record his protest against the venue change of ICC 2011 matches from Pakistan
    and this is about the cricket diplomacy we are doing this from 80’s and there was no result … and gu…ess wha…t this …See MoreSee MoreRecommend

  • Arsh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:15PM

    Its a good thought from Mr Singh But It should be any deal of Macth. Zardari Be Honest Please.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Since extremism and terrorism in India has been enhanced by manifolds, I have noted one point that every year on Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister address the nation from behind the bullet proof glass and covered shield.

    Indian Mohali and Mumbai cricket stadiums are wide open and do not have any protection for the VVIP’s.

    How come Pakistani President and Prime Minister can go and sit with Mr. Manmohan Singh in the open cricket stadium ground in the VVIP enclosure to witness the semi-final between Pakistan and India?

    The security environment does not allow Pakistani Head of the State to go to India (Mohali) just for the sake of witnessing the semi-final cricket match. It is not some happening behind the closed doors.

    If US President Mr. Barack Obama will go to witness the Pakistan-India cricket match in Mohali, only then Pakistani Head of the State can think to go over there, otherwise not. Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:50AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    Yes Pakistani Head of State can not even go to attend his Genaral Assembly Building without armed guards, let alone travel in his own state!!!!
    So perhaps its a good idea that he does not attend , as really from majority point of view in India, They don’t really need him! After all this only a game, and it involves willow and leather not grenades and AK47s!!!!
    Lastly please don’t patronise yourselves too much and compare President of USA to your head of State!!!! Lets just say Zardari does not even come into equation to the Presendency in US.Recommend

  • John
    Mar 27, 2011 - 4:55AM

    Who is going to do the coin Toss? May be the Guest, why not?Recommend

  • Sanjay, Mumbai
    Mar 27, 2011 - 7:46AM

    This is inevitable for neighbors..it was to happen some day..we will have to keep engaged in dialogue..at every level. it doesnt matter at what level dialogue is going on..at highest level in person..ot through virtual route..like this one. India and Pakistan have no choice but to keep talking..only through dialogue we will be able to keep tempers down and find way forward. Even in heated dialogue between various sides on this message board. There will also be people having extreme opinins on both sides of border..but its for people having balanced mind and want bright future should decide course for others and take dialogue process to next level..!! Cheers..!Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2011 - 12:06PM

    @satyram:
    For your information, High Dignitaries and Diplomatic personnel have RED passports and do not require a VISA. It is just understanding and invitation (verbal and or written) which is sufficient to accord welcome.Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2011 - 12:08PM

    @John
    Even if Pakistan win the Toss, they should field first taking lessons from West Indies, South Africa and England defeat who batted first.

    Let India compile runs and we will chase.Recommend

  • SV
    Mar 28, 2011 - 3:41PM

    @Babloo:
    I agree with you that India should NOT extend cricket invitations or comedy invitations. In many instances before, Pakistan has taken advantage of such gestures and tried to make political capital out of it or tried to mock it. Also, at a time when the whole world has a negative perception of Pakistan with many of their citizens apprehended in terrorism acts in the west and almost-daily suicide bombings inside Pakistan, any affiliation like this will tarnish the image of India when India is gaining solid global reputation. Indian leaders should strictly follow the power control tactis of the west: would America ever extend a football invitation to Iran? In the way that Hunger brings better digestion, let there be a hunger for peace in Pakistan, and let that hunger bring them to the drawing table. Was there ever any unilateral gesture or hand-extension from Pakistan for peace?Recommend

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