Big money is more important for Aussies

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Pakistan and India have been victims of huge number of bomb attacks this year. Yet…….Australia decided today to go ahead with their upcoming tour of India. Our Australian friends have canceled tour of Pakistan twice this year, earlier a test series and later champions trophy.

Is this not double standard on player safety? Or they simply get more money $$$ by playing in India twice this year as visiting team and in India’s lucrative IPL domestic league. Remember there were bombs going off in Rajasthan, where Shane Warne and rest of the Australians did not mind continue playing, earlier this year.

Conclusion: Money is more important for Australians than bombs or safety. All I say as cricket fan: Shame on you Australia.

8 Comments so far

  1. kaami on September 18th, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    So you removed my earlier comment, here is my question?

    If this was all about money then how come Aussies have no problem visiting a sensible Muslim country like Bangladesh?

  2. paknation on September 18th, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

    If your tone/comments were not so racist/biased against Pakistan, you would get a reply.

  3. tperacha on September 18th, 2008 @ 9:46 pm


    probably because that ‘sensible’ Muslim country has open bars and is more liberal than Pakistan in many ways. The Whites never really liked visiting Pakistan before as well and now with the war in our backyard they have found the ‘perfect’ excuse they were looking for!

  4. kaami on September 18th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

    Racist and biased against Pakistani’s —- that’s a new one.

    In my daily interactions with gora’s and expat-Indians I do a much better job of defending Pakistan than you can dream of and unlike many Pakistani’s living abroad I am never apologetic about my origins. I am proud of where I was born / educated and the color of my passport.

    Coming to my censored comments, I admit they were harsh but true. The reason being, when I talk to my fellow country men I don’t waste time finding flaws in others ( which BTW has become a national past time) instead I try to point out, what I think is fundamentally wrong within.

    Now coming back to the topic, and the comments about bars in Bangladesh, I bet Pakistani team has a good time there too; they are famous for their love for parties.

    Anyway, the fact is, from a visiting teams stand point, when you are on a tour for extended period, you would prefer to go to a place where you can go out and meet people, get the feel of the culture, shop around and have fun as well as do the business you are there for. On the contrary in the case of Pakistan, fool proof security means, kalashnikov totting guards accompanying you every where, your convoy being escorted by armed vehicles, your hotel / play ground being screened for suicide bombers and your movements strictly restricted / monitored. This is like visiting a jail rather than a place to play cricket..

    So my friends fix what’s wrong within first rather than feeling jealous about who is visiting who. If people don’t want to visit this country because of fear, that includes those who were born here, then something is very wrong, don’t you think?

  5. paknation on September 18th, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

    @ Kammi

    Do you know average compensation an Australian will get from two tours (International +domestic) of India this year? It’s around 1 Million USD alone in 2008. Not counting 2009 ICL season. And I am not counting add/movie revenue deals yet.

    Do you know these Australians will don’t want to piss on potential earnings from ICL alone from 3-10 US Millions in their cricket playing life times. If they tour Pakistan comp is much, much lower comparatively, that’s the way it works

    They will be protected by machine gun totting guards in India as well. Do you think Aussies going for shopping vacation to India? if you think that, you have no clue about sports, In fact all security measures will be roughly same, what’s your point?

    Just imagine Pakistan had same or better financial reward for Aussies, I think Australians would be in Love with Pakistan, like their coach, who lives in Lahore. Why is he not afraid of bombing…..think about it. Sports are now all about money, unfortunately. Nothing more or less.

    I am glad you defend Pakistan and her fine people, most of us do that, and don’t brag about it. I would prefer, if you wrote critical analysis supported by facts, but your earlier comments were uncalled for. There is etiquette in posting comments. Be mindful of that. Come down from your high horse and show humility.

  6. kaami on September 19th, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    I had to brag becuase you called my comments racist….which were not…they were absolutely true and factual. From your own metblogs Pakistan is No.1 in the world when it comes to death inflicted by suicidal maniacs, why say more.

    And I will again say, as its the case with personalities i.e. respect is earned and not demanded, so is the case with nations.

    Right now as a nation we are in no position to demand any thing. sure, money is always an incentive thats why ex-pats work in very harsh conditions in places like Saudia, but as far as Australia is concerned they did visit Bangladesh. And ofcourse, security will be there when they visit India, but there is much more of a social interaction, India is now a second home for many Australian cricketers.

  7. kaami on September 20th, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    Just an after thought after todays bombing of Marriot Islamabad

    I guess the visiting teams are supposed to stay in similar secure hotels all over the country?

    Its about time that this nations wakes up to the real challenges staring it in the face. Posts like this one do nothing but add to the collective state of denial that we are in today.

    Say no to Conspiracy Theorists and Finger Pointers and look for / fix the faults within

  8. sceptic on September 21st, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    * Indians as a nation condemn terrorism and are against it as one, we still prefere to rake up conspiracy theories to dilute the blame off the well-known culprits.
    * In India, westerners are not targets, in Pakistan they are a fair game.
    * Number of terrorism-related incidents in major cities of India is much less than what happens in Pakistan.
    * India has been quite successful in capturing and prosecuting its terrorists, Pakistan has been completely helpless in this context.
    * Blasts hitting Indian cities are of low-intensity and technically less sophisticated than Pakistan.
    * Suicide-bombing is not a rage in India (except for a couple of old incidents by LTTE in the Indian South) as it has been in Pakistan.
    * At the government level there is a strong will to crush terrorism in Indian by force, our government fights terrorism as somebody else’s war.
    * General atmosphere in India is less suffocating that the Islamic Repulic.

    Do I need to mention that incident that led the visiting Kiwis to cancel their tour half-way through in 2003 which resulted in injuries to a couple of team officials and the death of 10 French submarine engineers. Threat is more close and real in Pakistan.

    BTW, alcohol is also banned in Bangladesh which has the knack of following Pakistan in these affairs.

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