Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sukkur Sanams - the next IPL team???

C'mon Lalit, sign these guys (errr, gals?) up right now! Let IPL break new frontiers in the gentleman's game, and in all of sport really. TV ratings through the roof guaranteed! Actually, maybe this is what the ICL needs to resurrect itself. Surely there won't be any ICC/BCCI conflicts!

Humor aside, this is a pretty heartwarming story. "Hijras" have a very tough life in South Asia, and something like this can only be uplifting. And, perhaps, it could help increase acceptance and understanding.

Well done Sanam XI!
Eunuchs in Pakistan have won what is believed to be the first cricket match their team has ever played in the country.

Their opponents were "normal" young men from a local cricket club in the southern city of Sukkur.


"I want to dedicate our victory to Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry," Sanam Khan, captain of the eunuchs' team, told the BBC.

"It is only due to him that things are changing for eunuchs in Pakistan."

Mr Chaudhry is Pakistan's chief justice.

He has recently ordered Pakistan's government to stop discrimination against eunuchs and granted them special medical and public facilities.


The eunuch's opponents were from a local cricket club called the Olympians, while the eunuchs' team was called Sanam (Beloved) XI.

The match was held at the largest stadium in the city and a sizeable crowd turned out to cheer both teams.

The Olympians won the toss and elected to bat first.

They managed to score 65 runs in their allotted eight overs.

Sanam XI comfortably overhauled the target, with their star batsman, Allah Rakhi, scoring 20 runs.

She was later declared "man of the match".

The eunuchs did an impromptu dance on the pitch after they won the match, and said that they felt "very greatly appreciated" by the crowd.

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  1. Gaurav Sethi said...

    Sledge, this calls for high 6s!

  2. pRAFs said...

    think of all the punning headlines!!
    Looks like NC's done one already

  3. Q said...

    LOL NC!

    Prafs, am sure we can come up with a lot more..

  4. Q said...

    Sledge, I had no idea about this game till I read abt it here..

  5. SledgeHammer said...

    @NC, Prafs: Yes, we can go crazy on the headlines. Perhaps the entire team will automatically qualify to play for Middlesex??? :)

  6. SledgeHammer said...

    Check out Cricinfo's title related to this match:

    "Victory despite no balls"

    Now that is a bit over the line, IMHO!


  7. Q said...

    LOL! Thats hilarious!

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