I really think this is at least in part because of social media though. It used to be only Youtube comments back in the day, now that everyone's online it's appearing on facebook and twitter as well.That is different though. War time relations cannot be compared with normal times. But what I am referring to is the hatred and vitriol and alarmingly dangerous pronouncement of 'anti national' and 'treachery' that is seen on various mediums - media/new channels, not to mention FB/Twitter in both countries. Maybe 99 didn't have twitter so it wasn't as loud but the kind of stuff I see on a daily basis on social media today is unbelievable.
A good example, every time an Indian cricketer or commentator paid tribute to Misbah/Younis on twitter recently, almost all of them got called out for being 'traitors' and 'praising the enemy'
Last year when Afridi said in a Press conference in India during World T20 how much he was appreciated by the Indian crowd, he got called out in Pakistan for being disloyal. This is Afridi - the single most loved and popular cricketer in Pakistan
This is unprecedented. I have never seen Indian/Pakistani players/commentators facing that kind of backlash for praising each other. Not even in 1999.
Massive call that. Its a lovely group it really is. Pakistan have not won a limited over series of worth since well I don't know (I don't count the West Indies)Don't think India will qualify for the semis. There are couple of issues. The batting isn't particularly great. Secondly, and more importantly, India would not have sufficient batting practice time in England to adjust to the conditions compared to other teams.
This, I can't see how India and SA could lose to Pak and SL. Both are absolute ****e in this format. Well, i can see SA bottling up a tense situation but India should fancy an easy qualificationIndia and South Africa have the 7th and 8th ranked teams in their group. If they don't qualify, they have only themselves to blame.
Not entirely true. There are only two teams LO cricket I would consider Pakistan to be comfortably better than - and that's West Indies and Sri LankaNiall, currently Sri Lanka looks a far weaker side than Pakistan. It's a tough one though as Sri Lanka has been the better odi side over the past decade.