Not wishing to make light at all of the tensions between India and Pakistan (March 5), I do however have an interesting insight.

In February 1987, tensions between India and Pakistan were high. Military exercises and a deployment of troops on both sides of the border were taking place.

On February 21, the contest began: the first day of the Jaipur Test match between these two adversaries. I recall it well, as I was there, having travelled the day before from Ajmer, Rajasthan, where I was then living. Security was high as Pakistan’s president Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was in attendance. Tensions were high, and the atmosphere was electric.

Imran Khan, captaining Pakistan, opened the bowling, facing Sunil Gavaskar who opened the batting, as always, for India. Gavaskar was caught off the first ball, out for a golden duck. The stadium was in shock, anger, disbelief, denial. Grief.

And now, the man who inflicted humiliation on a nation in 1987, and who won the series 1-0, is president of Pakistan.

There is a metaphor there somewhere, no?

James Preston
Madrid, Spain

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