News is just coming in
that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seems to have declined President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s invitation -made in a TV interview- to watch a cricket match between their sides. “A quick visit across the border” though has still not been entirely ruled out. Sharad Pawar, the BCCI chief, though is most certainly arriving in Pakistan to watch the first Test and might even meet President Mushy during his stay, this according to Geo
Common sense prevailed elsewhere as Shehrayar Khan disclosed
the BCCI and PCB were on agreement on holding future India-Pakistan series in an Ashesque manner, i.e. once every two years. In more positive news, he revealed that a 20Twenty match between India and Pakistan to aid charitable causes (particularly those pertaining to earthquake relief) had not been ruled out; in fact a date would be announced soon after Sharad Pawar arrives.
In yet more positive news
, the PCB’s ticket handling men, have disclosed they’re optimistic of bigger crowds this time, then were seen last time around when India toured in 2004. Although I’m slightly wary given the state of the weather, but I hope for cricket’s sake that I’m proved wrong and Mr. Suhael Ahmed is right.
And finally, a bit of bad-news to finish proceedings. Taj Television Private Limited CEO Chris McDonald has announced Ten Sport’s commentary panel for the up-coming series. That Waqar Younus has retained his place in the panel will probably not bring a smile on everyone’s face, but the news that Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Arun Lal and Dean Jones are also joining the panel is one that will probably make you much more worried.
Imran Khan, Geoff Boycott, Nasser Hussain and Michael Holding (thank God!) will also join in the regular faces of Ramiz Raza and Sanjay Manjeraker to bring in more sanity, and thus complete the humongous 10 man commentary team. Ultra motion (which is a super slow motion replay that captures 400 frames per second) will also be used for the first time on the sub-continent. Televisionpoint.com has more