So far London has been good to me.
Everything from the chest x-ray at the airport to the customs, the cab ride, and the DLR train ride, have been smooth sailing.
The weather was a bit fickle but not something that made me think "why am I here?".
However, the fact that there was no coverage of the 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, made me think that!
Can you believe that?
I mean this is England, the "home of cricket", and a cricket series is not being covered on TV.
Sure the Ashes are going on and all of England is busy following that, but that does not mean that they ignore all the other cricket being played.
The Ashes are being shown in the UAE and Pakistan and India, then why isn't the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka series being shown here?
With that shock, I was given another when I opened the scorecard of the 1st ODI on Cricinfo.
I was shocked to see that Pakistan had won the toss and chosen to field first.
I was shocked to see that after having Sri Lanka down at 131-6, Pakistan let them get to 232.
I was shocked to see that Muralitharan smashed 32 off only 15 deliveries.
I was shocked to see that Shoaib Malik opened the batting.
So let me understand this; Malik does not open in the tests and a debutant in Fawad Alam is thrown at the deep end. Then when Fawad does well, he is pushed back down the order, while Malik is sent to open.
Does anybody see the logic in this?
And if this was the plan then why have Nasir Jamshed and Imran Nazir in the squad.
The failure of Malik, Yousuf, Younis, and Misbah did not shock me.
What did though was that Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer put on 62 runs for the 9th wicket in only 43 deliveries!
Come to think of it, it was a match for the tails.
Both Sri Lanka's and Pakistan's last 4 wickets added 101 runs to the total.
When are the batsmen from both sides going to put their hands up to be counted?
It is high time!
For the batsmen to fire and for England to somehow get this series on TV!