By Waleed Tariq
Youth Journalism International
KARACHI, Pakistan – Whoever believes cricket is just a game is likely to have their opinion changed when India and Pakistan meet today where the battle ground for the World Cup’s second semi-final is ready at Mohali. Matches between the two nations always bring about huge passion amongst the supporters of both sides.
This will be a highly emotional encounter for both the fans and the teams as well.
Even though cricket is the most popular sport amongst the two neighboring countries of the sub-continent, the rivalry is not only displayed in a cricket match.
As a matter of pride and since its inception, Pakistan has quickly learnt that a game against India can’t be lost.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to turn up to watch this cricket extravaganza along with his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gillani.
This match is likely to generate intense emotions.
Earlier in the week, fans were already getting in a frenzy.
I hope this match is be the best of the World Cup 2011 – with a high dose of pressure and entertainment.
Whatever the result maybe, this act of cricket diplomacy should act as a tool for greater peace and prosperity in the region.