Dear Misbah-ul-Haq and the Pakistani Cricket team,
I happen to belong to a Land where Pakistani Players are treated as heroes. In a land where Pakistan’s win is a joy to our beleaguered hearts. When you play against India, it is not just Pakistan but also Kashmiris who add to the voices in the crowd. These Kashmiris are the people who burst firecrackers and loud shrills when you win, and when you lose there faces sullen and sad.
You see, Kashmir is the story of a sorrowful tale but which is equally heroic in its struggle. I am sure you must be knowing about Kashmir, since it used to be all over PTV during 90s. But I am not sure if the new team members have an idea, since Pakistani government stopped airing anything Kashmir. Well, that’s another story.
I am sure Misbah, you have been reading the news of how scores of Kashmiris have been deported to Kashmir by a University in Meerut, India. I am sure you must have read the news. As miraculously it has been finally reported by the Pakistani Media. Must be the magic of Afridi’s six.
I am writing to you with a heartfelt request. If you and the rest of the Pakistani cricket team wear black arm-bands to express solidarity with the Kashmiri People. I know this might sound a ridiculous request. But for the oppressed people like us, our voices need to be heard. We have always supported you as die-hard fans. There are people who have been killed and arrested just because they used to support Pakistani Cricket Team.
This would be a heartfelt gesture towards the people of Kashmir. A bond which can only be strengthened with this act.
Good Luck for the Finals, May you win, will be on all our lips. aamen
A Pakistani Cricket Fan from Kashmir.