When I sit back and observe how many factors are there which unite this country and its people, i can’t think of many. From conservatives to liberals in religion, from Nawaz Shareef to Imran Khan in politics, even someone like Malala became a polarising figure with pro and anti camps arguing rigorously on this issue. The divide amongst this nation is growing rapidly and as a result, hatred is spreading manifolds. One is not tolerant enough to understand another’s viewpoint and there isn’t any respect left for those who have a different set of opinions than yours.
Amidst all this doom and gloom, came a ray of light with the name of Pakistan Super League. Yes, finally we have found the missing unifying factor for our nation. Something which we all can call our own, something with which we can relate to and something which can become our identity.
In a world where league tournaments, be it in football, cricket or any other sport, are the talk of the town, we are not left behind in the race. In the shape of PSL, we have got a worldclass cricket league featuring top class international players. Thats on field quality done, now talking about off the field staff PSL brings together an array of coaching talent with the likes of Viv Richards, Micky Arthur and Tom Moody leading their respective teams. Even the commentary team has added an extra flavour with Danny Morrison being the star of the show in terms of entertainment.
The combined effort of all these above factors results in an intriguing and exciting cricket, which takes your breath away at times. Almost every game is a nail biter. It can be safely said that there is very rarely a dull moment in this tournament.
The spectacular show that they have managed to pull brought the same overwhelming response that they deserved. The National Stadium of Karachi is the venue of PSL’s final this year. Karachi, which was considered as the city of lights, has been badly affected by the political instability over the recent years. So imagine the happiness among the natives when they knew that they are going to host the final of the prestigious Pakistan Super League. Karachites showed their support and love by buying all the tickets within 15 hours of them going on to sale.
In short, there are numerous positives. Entertainment, Excitement and even the light and enjoyable banter among the supporters of every franchise, with Rana Fawad, the owner of Lahore Qalandars being the butt of many jokes. To his credit though he took it extremely well and gained immense popularity through his generosity and goodwill.
While everything regarding PSL looks rosy and sweet, however, there is still a minority of Pakistanis who are not satisfied with the quality of Pakistan Super League. They point to the fact that it is way behind Indian Premiere League, where they can attract even bigger stars. My answer to all these murmurs is please don’t compare apples to oranges. IPL is currently in its 11th edition with enormous revenues and funded by the BCCI, who is the richest board in the world. Whereas PSL is in its nascent years, we have just started our journey and will eventually get there one day.
For all those Indians who are trying to degrade our cricket league, I will point them to have a look at their soccer league ‘Indian Super League’ and try to compare it with English Premier League. Not a fair comparison, right?
So my message to all Pakistani people is please support PSL as passionately as you are doing. Don’t forget it has helped a lot in opening the gates for International cricket to return to our country. And don’t forget the fact that whichever franchise win or lose, the real winner in the end will be Pakistan.