Saturday, 23 November 2013

Pakistan Cricket Team Finally Succeeds Against South Africa - Cape Town’s Pakistani Community Provides Full Support To Pakistan Team

By Sikander Hayat

Finally, Pakistan has beaten South Africa in a cricket match at Cape Town. This win has come after a series that Pakistan lost 4 -1 in United Arab Emirates. For me, the biggest discovery of the match was to see Billawal bowling fast & with purpose. He used his mind and reacted to batsmen actions very well. I believe that Pakistani selectors should persist with him for a while and give him a good go.
Sohail Tanweer bowled well as well and proved that he should be in the team. Muhammad Hafeez after a long time showed that he can bat. Before his current bad patch, Hafeez was Pakistan’s premier allrounder and was a backbone for Pakistan batting. It is good to see him back. Umar Akmal though did score runs but he is not an intelligent batsman and cannot read the situations very well. He is a good prospect for T20s but playing him in a one dayer or a test would be a big gamble.

Pakistani team had very good support as diaspora Pakistan came to see the match in large numbers. There is a growing Pakistani community in South Africa and increasingly vocal as well. Many Pakistanis living in South Africa have given huge sacrifices to become legal citizens in that country. I once met a Pakistani gentleman at Dubai airport who was travelling to Pakistan from South Africa after 12 years.
In these 12 years he missed his parent’s funerals and told me a very sad story of the events he missed while being away from Pakistan. But he was very optimistic for the future life in South Africa. His story is a something that I have heard countless times in different countries where Pakistanis have made their homes.
The economic, social & political situation in Pakistan over last two decades has forced many Pakistan to leave the land of their birth and try their luck in other parts of the world. A huge brain drain has happened and most of these people can be tempted back if Pakistan at least becomes politically stable and there is a guarantee of law & order.
Even cricketers like Imran Tahir & Sikander who are playing for South Africa & Zimbabawe respectively are good example of level of emigration that Pakistan has faced in last two decades.


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