The Asia Cup has just started and with the teams of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh taking part it really makes things difficult for a Non-Asian to pick a favoured team. Don't get me wrong, though. I absolutely disagree with the opinion voiced by Geoffrey Boycott, who said that nobody cared about the event. Boycott obviously feels free to generalise his own views on the competition. But under the current circumstances - India's weakness, from which only surprises can spring, Sri Lanka's recent strength, Pakistan's whatever, and Bangladesh, who might just try to jump into the gaps and make hay as long as the sun is shining - the situation within Asia is delicately poised. Too bad that Afghanistan are not allowed to participate, they would have spiced things up further.
So when I asked myself the question who to root for, "Pakistaaaaaan!" was my cheerful instinctive reaction. But a closer look reveals that they have dropped Azhar Ali for a guy who stores his fruit preserves in a wooden cabin outside the house, and coincidentally this replacement made a half century in the first match, which drastically minimises Azhar's chances of returning to the side any time soon. Also, does Pakistan really need another series of Shahid Afridi ducks, enriched by a booming century, to add further complication to the question where he should bat? ^_^
Sri Lanka. Ah you Lankans. Finalists of the World Cup and the recently concluded CB series, in both of which they failed to take the last hurdle and defeat the respective hosts. Third time lucky?
Bangladesh... I only just realised that Mushfiqur Rahim is captaining the side, shame on me. Big is the rock under which Wes lives. Go Mushi!!! Attack leader Mashrafe Mortaza and valuable asset / sunnyboy / genius / world's best allrounder of the hearts Shakib al Hasan make me tilt towards the team from the wetlands.
India. India are currently riding the wave of worldwide sympathy, mine, too. But the squad they selected for the tournament doesn't interest me at all (R Ashwin being the exception that proves the rule). Sorry guys. The attentive reader will now be wondering if Praveen Kumar got dropped, at least temporarily, from my bandwagon list? Yup. Stump incident.
So... who to support? Hell, I don't know! In case of doubt...
Go Paks :P
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