LAHORE: As Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-final round of the Cricket World Cup 2019, it is time we stopped celebrating the unpredictable character of the Pakistani team. The focus should shift to dissecting the team’s dismal performance and making amends. Haphazard team selection, poor game plan and severe fitness issues had been the norm for our team throughout the World Cup. Despite being a country that breathes cricket, we are not ready to accept the glaring faults of our team. Unfortunately, these issues are not limited to just cricket. All sports are on a decline in Pakistan, and cricket is partially to be blamed for it. The entire focus and funding of the sports ministry and relevant authorities is mostly diverted towards cricket. Other sports, including hockey, snooker, football and tennis do not receive the same importance, despite good performances by sportspersons. Other than Ten Sports, most sports channels only show live cricket matches, or highlights from previous tournaments. In order to develop the interest of the public, it is important to broadcast various sports to develop their interest, and also showcase the different platforms these sports have. This will also encourage the participating sportspersons, as they will receive more support from their home county. It is time to pay equal attention to all sports. Other sports should not be neglected at the cost of cricket. Pakistan has talents in all sports and games. They too need encouragement.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2019.