The heinous incident which took place in Manchester during a concert and claimed sixty innocent lives wasn’t the first brutal massacre in the history of violence and won’t be the last one. The memory of this monstrosity is still veritably fresh and will be indelible in the minds of some people, especially the families of the victims.
This is not the first time when cricket and terrorism are discussed simultaneously. Nine years ago, in 2008; The English Cricket team had to rescind two matches in a series in India due to the horrid attack in Mumbai, popularly known as 26/11. Both the nations provided a brilliant riposte when they continue to play the following test series despite the threat and Tendulkar responded with a scintillating hundred which he dedicated to the deceased in the attack.
Just a few months after, in March 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was ensanguined by another appalling attack on their team bus which resulted in the suspension of the Pakistan Cricket team from hosting any international match. After a series of insolent events, Pakistan still won the T20 title that year in England.
This scourge of terrorism can take millions of lives or can cause significant level of trepidation; people would now think twice before entering a certain auditorium or would panic when they see an unclaimed bag or luggage but they can never be stopped from turning up in certain events or living their life. The attendance in the match between India and New Zealand, despite it being just a warm-up match, is enough to regain the fortitude of the cricket enthusiasts.
That single incident proves that in this mayhem of violence, brutality and inhumanity, a cover-drive caressed through the grass by Virat Kohli or an enormous hit over the cow-corner by AB is going to work as a vital respite, a respite that would bolster the hope of the cricket lovers to go forward.
So, one thing is assured that whether there would be an impregnable security in the venues or not, people would still turn up and shout their heart out in support of their respective teams and probably the triumph of cricket as a game against all odds. Because deep down in every supporter’s heart, there resides a Dark Knight who will rise no matter how drastic the situation is.
Eight quality teams will vie for the ultimate crown in this tournament. The games will be played in the grounds with slushy verdant outfields and a pitch of 22 yards. But somewhere, these eight teams will be united in a game outside the 22 yards where they will evince their fight through their dexterity and above all, the spirit of cricket, against one common enemy, terrorism.