Watch out Kenya! We might let you win

Published: February 23, 2011

The Pakistan team could win - but that would be so selfish!

We might be looking at the first upset of the World Cup on Tuesday. This is the day that African minnows, Kenya take on former cricket world and T20 champions Pakistan. And no, it won’t be an upset because Kenya is an amazing talent and has the potential to beat any team on their day.

I mean, that may or may not be true, but the real reason that an upset is a possibility is because they are playing Pakistan. This is a team that can beat the best in the world, on their day, and lose to the worst in the world, if they got up on the wrong side of the bed.

That’s what you think, but it’s all a plan!

I mean, winning is easy. It’s the easiest thing in the world to win and get all the glory and all the joy. It’s definitely a more difficult task to lose, and spread joy among other players and their fans. Now that takes true generosity of spirit.

And Pakistan have been generous many times, and to teams that no one gave the time of day to. For example when we were dumped out of the 2007 World Cup by Ireland. Oh I know, you guys think it was because we played badly, or the Irish were a cunning lot and they had our number.

Of course not! It was all on purpose. We didn’t want the Irish to feel discouraged and disheartened. I mean they had come such a long way, worked so hard, and their fans would have been so disappointed if the team had gone back home without any wins. That would have been cruel and there was no way we were going to let that happen. So, we didn’t just give them a win. No, when we Pakistanis do something we do it in a big way. We gave them the honour of dumping us out of the tournament.

But the Irish probably don’t want credit for the loss of our coach, I think…

Let’s then take the case of our loss to Bangladesh, also in a World Cup. Wasim Akram said it was okay because we had “lost to our brothers.” See? I told you it was out of love and kindness. Otherwise, we can win every match if we want to. Sure we can! But that would be so greedy, so cruel. And this was Bangladesh’s first win in any World Cup. Yay, for us!

And then who can forget the fact that Pakistan gave the Zimbabweans their first Test cricket victory too. This was way back in the day.

I hope Pakistan is not planning on being similarly generous and kind-hearted against Kenya in their opening match of the World Cup on Wednesday. But you never know. The Kenyans are smarting from the drubbing they got at the hands of the Kiwis and our magnanimous nature might kick in. And if Pakistan decides to be kind and generous, I know, you will all say we lost to Minnows. Such non-believers! We let them win, okay?

It’s not easy you know, being the big-hearted one and making sure that the smaller teams don’t lose hope. I know, it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it.

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Khurram Baig

Business Editor at The Express Tribune. Baig has worked at Dawn News as a host and news anchor and was city editor at The News. He writes on sports and current affairs.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Imran Ali

    plz shahid afridi open batting againRecommend

  • Imran Ali

    wow ET already suggested my name, email and indeed website…thanks for that..:)Recommend

  • Imran Ali

    haha nicely put.Recommend

  • Naveeed Iqbal

    Well, thats the case not only in Cricket but in everything……Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed

    What a load of tosh!Recommend

  • shahzeb

    Oh God I can’t believe they let you write for the Tribune, as a journalist or a news writer you’re supposed to be impartial right?, this article on the other hand is completely judgmental, opinionated and one sided. I am compelled and I mean really compelled to quote Veena Malik here when she said “Mufti Sahab!… yeh kya baat hui”. Khurram sahab this article sounds more like a dear diary moment where you let it all out keeping your views within the diaries privacy or something that you would write on your blog where no one would bother reading about it. Just for the sake of letting it out of your system.

    Yes things with the Pakistan cricket team are a bit tough but its nothing we haven’t seen before, so my advice would be to suck it up, keep your panties on and bet a bit wisely this time around. Recommend

  • AZ

    Useless. Recommend

  • Badr

    This article is blasphemous to the Cricketing Republic of PakistanRecommend

  • Aristo

    The author is right this is exactly what is expected out of Pakistan cricket. Can’t blame the players, can’t blame the board, can’t blame the government but the fact remains Pakistan cricket continues to disappoint millions of its fans.Recommend

  • uXuf

    Haha please try to get the sarcasm people. And this is the blog section in case any one didn’t notice.Recommend

  • MKB

    Exactly uXuf, its a blog, and its sarcasm, its supposed to be humour. And Shahzeb, your opinion is appreciated, but this is a blog, its not an Express Tribune. And blogs are personal opinion, nothing else. They are rants, they are raves, or anything else anyone wants to say. Besides, if we can’t laugh at our mistakes and misgivings, we are a sorry lot indeed.Recommend

  • chill

    Ok, this time we werent so kind hearted after all. Ruthless, cunning and professional is what u call today’s performance.
    And btw, since when did losing a match to minnows become a crime!
    They play well, they win. Thats the way world works. U play badly, u lose.
    I dont know if ur trying to sound sarcastic. Doesnt seem like sarcasmRecommend