Michael Whitting has sent this message to PTH readers
It might seem odd to some people that I’m again contacting you about cricket, given the other problems that Pakistan is facing. But I want your readers to know how thrilled I and many other fans of cricket are that Pakistan has won another Test game.
The result of a game of cricket is in no way comparable to the health and dislocation problems arising from the floods, or the more general issues of management to be addressed by the national government, but in its own way it provides a glimmer of hope for better things for the country.
In the game the seam bowlers again bowled superbly and the team’s newest spin bowler demonstrated that there are many, many batsmen around the world who will be troubled by him. Additionally team management had the good sense to recall Yousuf to stabilise the middle order batting. The team was in control of the game for its entirety, during which there was a level of maturity not found on the last tour of Australia.
I’m not sure how many cricket fans around the world know that Pakistan can no longer play cricket in their own country. This is another factor to be considered in the victory. How would India, Australia – or any nation really – cope with playing all their matches on tour against crowds supporting their opponents?