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Nand32 wrote:
t's a cricket match (Please don't boo! lol) between India & New Zealand.

Ah... I watched that game from the end although I was keeping in touch throughout via espn. And I can safely say almost all Pakistanis did too. Tough luck, not getting through to the finals result without the rain would've (probably) been totally different. I really expected an Ind v Aus final.


Nand32 wrote:
Is there any specific sports event that broke you really hard?

Sure, the 2010 spot fixing scandal did it for me. You probably know of it, since clearly you are a cricket fan too. Pakistan was on England's tour and 4 players were marked for spot fixing the match Slaman Butt, M. Amir, M. Asif and Kamran Akmal. Three were indicted and were banned from playing sports for a minimum of 5 years.

Spot fixing or match fixing wasn't something that was unheard of, 90's was a crazy time for it, but somehow this struck really hard and I have never been able to invest myself in cricket as I did earlier. When I used to watch entire matches including tests, every single ball, I had averages, strike rates of all the major teams batsman and bowlers at my fingertips. I could talk in detail about the lack of any specific aspect in technique of a specific batsman and bowler (a bit about bowlers too), find their flaws and suggest corrections.

This incident also hit so hard because of the timing: it was the rebuilding period where young players were just starting to come forward and take charge. In the past old/senior players had always dominated the team. I was an advocate for a young team with only a few senior players with a young captain, that was just the recipe I had proposed after the 2007 world cup debacle.

Ever since I've been a lot more distant from cricket, now I only watch some Pakistan matches and never all of it.
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