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For God's Sake, It's Cricket

Was it an overkill of piety that failed the Pak team at the Cup? Updates

For God's Sake, It's Cricket
For God's Sake, It's Cricket
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Now, as Pakistan mulls the reasons behind the pathetic performance of its teams, as the nation obsessed with cricket struggles to reconcile itself to the belying of its expectations, the volatile mix that religion forms with cricket, as Outlook had predicted, is generating as much heat as the country's scorching summer. Sparking the debate was Pakistan's cricket media manager P.J. Mir who told reporters in Lahore last month, "The other teams were also present in the West Indies but Pakistani players were more enthusiastic about converting non-Muslims than playing cricket. Foreign journalists wanted to know why the Pakistani players were saying the azaan (call to prayer) in the airplane. I could not disclose this fact before. But I have now informed the PEC (Performance Evaluation Committee) that most players had no focus on cricket and their fixation was on preaching, which affected their preparations."

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