Call it a peace treaty, a temporary armistice, a break in the action, down time, chill time … whatever.
India and Pakistan are playing each other in cricket.
There are bats, bowlers, wickets, pitches, strikers and non-strikers, runs, fielders, outs and tea.
The match can go on for three days and nobody will win and still everyone will go home happy … unless, of course, somebody does win.
If India beats Pakistan or Pakistan beats India in this second most popular sport in the world (football/soccer is number one) then the world falls on the brink of nuclear destruction. These countries take their cricket matches seriously. And all the world worries even after the score is published – Who won?
For now –
India won the toss and opted to bat (is it an option to not bat?) against Pakistan in the second match of the triangular (I thought the field was oval shaped) one-day series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
India have included uncapped (as opposed to the guys who wear caps?) batsman Yusuf Pathan in the team for their first match of the tournament. (I thought it was the second match. I’m confused.)
Pakistan has made one change to the squad that beat hosts Bangladesh by 70 runs in the opening match on Sunday, with all-rounder Rao Iftikhar replacing Fawad Alam.