With the world cup semi final of the World Cup 2011 taking place at Mohali in India on March
30, it has become the centre of attention of the entire Indian sub continent and all other
cricket loving countries of the world.This semi final has become all important because of it
being played between two achrival neighbours, which have been hostile to each other since it
came into being.
But the game of cricket has the power to bring two countries closer and remove their
differences, which have been irritants for a long time between the two.
Cricket mania is so strong among the fans of the two countries that they always would like
the two countries in a true sporting terms against each other. The rivalry is also so strong
between the two countries that the cricket fans of one country would never like to be
defeated by the other. As far as World Cup match outcome is concerned, India have defeated
four times they have played against the arch rival. So, history speaks in favour of India
and if the previous performance of Team India and its present standard are any thing to go
by, it would successfully cope with the home pressure and win the Semi Final.It is also good
that on the eve Semi Final between India and Pakistan, Home Secretary level talks between
the two have also began.
Taking advantage of the situation, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has played a master
stroke by inviting Pak President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to
watch the Semi Final between Indian and Pakistan in Mohali on March 30. By inviting them ,
PM has used cricket diplomacy very shredly for establishing peace and friendship between the
President Asif Ali Zardari has also responded positively by remitting the remaining jail
term of Indian convict Gopal Das, who has been imprisoned in Pakistan for 27 years, days
ahead of a visit to India by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the cricket World
Cup semi-final featuring the teams of the two countries. Zardari remitted the remaining
prison term of Das on humanitarian grounds . The remission was granted on the advice of the
Prime Minister to honour an appeal of the Supreme Court of India to the government of
Though the Cricket diplomacy was started first by Pak military ruler late General Zia-ul-Haq
who visited Jaipur to watch India Pakistan match, it ended in a draw and so was the result
of his visit. But it is the strength of cricket and other sports to bring the two countries
close to each other without making any preparation.