Final Pakistan-South Africa ODI shifted to Lahore
Umar blogged earlier about how the final one-day international match between South Africa and Pakistan was in jeopardy after the blasts last week, and it has now been confirmed that the match will be played in Lahore instead because of those very “security reasons”. I’ve been critical of teams refusing to travel to Karachi on such grounds in the past, but I’ll admit that in the circumstances we’re faced with now it may be too much to expect the South African players to feel comfortable traveling to our parts.
On their part, at least this time South Africa (or perhaps more specifically their skipper Graeme Smith) did at least make some attempts to shed some of the shallow misconceptions they held about Karachi in their last tour to Pakistan. Their 10 day stay here in the early part of the current tour, when they played both the 1st test match and a pre-test warm up game here, will hopefully mean the South African team go back home this time with a better image of Karachi in their minds; an image that embodies our spirit as a resilient and peace craving city, sadly often tortured and victimised by all sorts of groups with vested interests.