Haroon Lorgat, Shahid Afridi and Ijaz Butt address the media during the official launch of the ICC World Twenty20 in Karachi © International Cricket Council
Yesterday 15th April 2010, Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, was in Karachi to launch the World Twenty20 tournament which is to be played in the Caribbean later this month. His visit was the first by a high-ranking ICC official since the terror attacks in Lahore last year that took international cricket away from the country for the forseeable future.
I was watching his interview on TV and he answered to many tactical and difficult questions which were justified at some context, and hats off to our sports journalists and Aamir Sohail who put forward Pakistan's case in front of ICC CEO which I am sorry to say our cricket board wasn't able to.
Anyways the only question which is wobbling me that if (and I hope its more than if) Pakistan qualifies for the semis and Inshallah into the finals on 2011 cricket world cup, how Pakistani supporters and Pakistani players would get the visa to multiple cities like quarter finals to be played in Ahmedabad (India), Mirpur (Bangladesh) and Colombo (Sri Lanka), Semi Finals in Colombo and Chandigarh and Final in Mumbai, so if Pakistan be playing one of quarter and semi final matches to be featured in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh respectively, so is there a possibility that Pakistani players and spectators would get the visas on time and won't be threatened there? like what the news we're getting in Pakistan is not good for the purpose, as situation in India is slightly Anti-Pakistan these days (I am sorry to admit that) and anything minute would change the complexion on the whole, although there are some Indian analysts who're saying (and I hope they are narrating it right) that left extremists parties of India doesn't have that much of power to threaten Pakistani nationals specially in Mumbai, India i.e. Cricketers and spectators both.
Lets hope for the best.