On top of floods, war, bombs, a corrupt and incompetent government with a much feared military in the wings, the long-suffering people of Pakistan have now been betrayed, once again, by their cricketers. Most will not be shocked or will profess not to be shocked: over the last 15 years there has been a steady erosion of faith in Pakistan cricket, which has come to be held in the same low esteem as many of the country’s other institutions. It’s one of the reasons cited, along with exorbitant ticket prices, for the low turnout from the Pakistani diaspora at this summer’s Test matches in England.
But while people in and from Pakistan may not be shocked, they are bitterly aggrieved. And rightly so. The antics of the three players accused of spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test have destroyed the little portion of relief cricket affords for millions coping with trying conditions.